Two teens are facing multiple charges after being arrested this week in connection with a series of building and vehicle break-ins.
According , the incident began Friday night, March 16. Police received a call at around 10:45 p.m. from a resident on Northgate Road, who said a vehicle had been broken into.
As officers were responding to that call, a resident on Germano Drive called police to report two people were trying to breaking into a shed on their property. The suspects were described as males, wearing dark-hooded sweatshirts. The caller said that the suspects had run off into the woods.
Multiple officers quickly converged on the area and established a perimeter. According to Chief Timothy Sheehan, the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit, along with the Wilmington Police K-9 Unit, responded to the scene to assist with tracking and locating the suspects. While the search was ongoing, officers learned about another vehicle on Northgate Road that had been broken into.
According to the police report, officers on the perimeter heard the suspects running in a wooded area behind 130 Eastgate Road. The K-9 Units, including the TPD's new K-9, Geox, responded to this area and began to track the suspects. A short time later the suspects, both juveniles, were located lying on the ground in a swampy area close to a set of power lines.
The teens, identified only as a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were each charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, and possession of burglarious tools.
According to the Tewksbury Police log, on March 17, a third Northgate Road resident reported a vehicle break-in. It was not immediately known if the suspets are being charged in that case, as well.
The Tewksbury Police Department is continuing to encourage residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.
"With an increase in house breaks and motor vehicle breaks, we ask that residents take precautions and ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured," said Sheehan.
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