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Security System Helps Police Nail Whipple Road Burglars

Two suspects in custody, a third is sought.

With an assist from a home security system, Tewksbury Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a burglary on Whipple Road, Tuesday afternoon.

Erica Ruane, 25, 15 Cannongate Road, Tyngsborough and Shawn P. Keefe, 32, 234 Stackpole Street, Lowell, are each charged with Breaking and Entering in the Daytime to commit a Felony, Larceny over $250 and Conspiracy.

According to Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, the incident began around 1:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when officers responded to a residential alarm at 666 Whipple Road and found that someone had made forced entry into the residence. 

A search of the area was conducted by the Tewksbury Police K-9 unit but it was determined that the suspect or suspects were no longer in the immediate area. According to Sheehan, witnesses told officers there was a suspicious small black car that was seen pulling in to another driveway close to the house that was broken into.

The witness told investigators they saw a female driver exit the vehicle, and walk to front door of the house at 666 Whipple Road and ring the doorbell.  The driver then quickly ran back to the vehicle. The witness said they then observed two men exit that same vehicle and approach the rear of the house. According to the witness, the two men quickly returned to the vehicle.

Police caught a break in the investigation when they learned the owner of 666 Whipple Road had a security system that included video recording.  According to Sheehan, the video recording system captured footage of a small black Mitsubishi pulling into the driveway and parking. It also captured video footage of the female operator and two male passengers that were allegedly involved in the housebreak, said Sheehan.

Armed with this information, detectives were able to identify the owner of the vehicle as Ruane and determined she had been driving it at the time of the housebreak.

Tewksbury Detectives working with Tyngsboro Police Department then tracked down Ruane and arrested her.

The detectives then continued to gather information, which led them to identify Keefe as one of the male suspects. With the help of the Lowell Police Department, Keefe was tracked down at a rooming house on Hurd Street in Lowell and arrested.

In addition, Keefe was found with a substance detectives believed was Heroin (7 to 10 grams) and several other unsubscribed pills, which were identified as Klonopin.  Lowell detectives filed charges for the drug offenses.   

According to Sheehan, the investigation is ongoing and detectives are working to identify and apprehend the third suspect.

Mr. Codner December 05, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Glad they caught the scumbags
TewksburyGirl December 05, 2012 at 09:42 PM
This is the best news I've heard all day!!!
Mr. Codner December 05, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Also glad I cleared my name I'm not the bad person everyone thinks I am I would never break into a house
emilystrange December 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM
666?
John Stadtman December 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Thanks again to the Tewksbury PD for their swift action. Two down..one to go! Best Patch story!
donna rosenblatt December 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM
good to see someone caught.
Marilyn December 06, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Hope they get the other person. We had an attempted housebreak at my house two weeks ago. We are now proud owners of ADT system.
stephanie December 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
We just got ADT as well!! We just bought a house in Tewksbury and after reading all these horrifying news alerts in our new town, we have decided it is necessary to invest in a security system. HATS OFF TO TEWKSBURY POLICE DEPT and the security system! So glad you're safe, John. LETS RIDE THESE SCUMBAGS OUTA TOWN, NEIGHBORS!!
John Stadtman December 06, 2012 at 10:01 PM
The third individual has been caught ! It's unfortunate that the property was not recovered. Thanks goes out again to everyone involved in this investigation.
stephanie December 06, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Awesome, good to hear!
concerned about epidemic December 07, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Remember this...until our state does something about the fact that MA has the HIGHEST
concerned about epidemic December 07, 2012 at 11:53 AM
They might have caught a few...but rest assured there will be more...until something is done about the fact that MA has the highest rate of heroin addiction in the USA! It is epidemic and we all suffer from it..
Adam December 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I looked up 'crack whore' in the dictionary... And there was a picture of this girl! I'm glad they caught the 3rd suspect as well. Keep these scumbags out of our town!! Bravo Zulu to the Tewksbury PD for being vigilant against crime!!!
Christine Cicchino December 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Actually, Baltimore has the highest heroin use. Just sayin.
Open Your Eyes December 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
According to the MA Dept. of Corrections, MA has the highest rate. As for Mr Nice Guy, she is not a crack whore...if she was a whore, she would be whoring and not transporting burglars. I know it is wrong, but the real problem is HEROIN. Not enough is being done about it. If Heroin is addressed, our homes would be safer. This young woman had 5 years clean and relapsed.
Kim Lavia May 28, 2013 at 01:52 AM
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Cecil Moore May 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM
OYE, The real problem is heroin? How about taking responsibility for their actions and saying "I am the problem and I choose heroin". When you place responsibility on an inanimate object, such as heroin, you begin to view the problem from a victim standpoint. She is not a victim, heroin did not just sit there and inject itself into her veins, she did it. The only victim here is the homeowners who house was broken into. I agree that she needs help but I think a good start would be taking responsibility for her actions. God Bless, C

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