When Tewksbury Police see an opportunity to catch a criminal in the act, or shortly afterward, they take it.
Early Tuesday morning (July 10), officers responded to a call regarding at vehicle break-in at 1280 South St. A K9 unit was called in and a Code Red alert was sent out at 1:45 a.m. to residents within a one-mile radius of 1280 South. The Code Red asked residents to report any suspicious activity or individuals in their neighborhoods.
According to Deputy Police Chief John Votto, the suspect or suspects were not found, despite an extensive search.
Two calls in one night to Patten Road address
On Sunday, July 8, police received a call from a Patten Road resident at 1:15 p.m., reporting that her daughter had taken an X-Box game system from her son without his permission. Officers responded to the scene and determined that other items had been stolen as well.
at 10:10 p.m., officers responded to a call at that same Patten Road address, for a report of four people brawling in the road. As they were en route to the scene, the caller informed them that two of the people had left in a red pickup truck headed in the direction of Billerica. The Billerica PD was notified and a report on the incident was filed.
Chandra Garcia, 41, 70A Asah St., Nashua, NH, was arrested on Monday July 9, and charged with shoplifting from Marshalls.
Teddy Gachie, 20, 6102 Archstone Ave., Tewksbury, was arrested on July 9, and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a lights violation.
Erik J. Southward, 24, 354 Walpole Road, Tewksbury, was arrested on July 8, and was charged with OUI-liquor (2nd offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and speeding.
On Monday, July 9, at 11:58 a.m., DPW employees reported that a street sweeper was on fire near the intersection of Helvetia Street and Robinson Avenue. Emergency crews responded to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished.
On Sunday, July 8, several calls came in about illegal fireworks being shot off on Crawford Street. At 11:03 p.m., similar calls were received regarding fireworks being shot off on Miles Road. In both cases, the residents were spoken to by officers and the fireworks were put away.
On Sunday, July 8 at 11:29 a.m., police received a call from a 7th Street resident about a neighbor's dog running loose in the neighborhood and on his property. Officers tried to follow up but the dog's owner was not at home. The caller had said this was an ongoing problem and said he would be calling the animal control officer.
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