Tewksbury Police Detectives Crack String Of Burglaries

Tewksbury man charged in connection with multiple break-ins, more arrests possible.

One man is under arrest and more suspects are being sought in connection with a string of home burglaries.

Tewksbury Police arrested Stephen Haffey, 24, of 634 Chandler St., on Tuesday and charged him with seven counts of breaking and entering, seven counts of larceny over $250 and conspiracy.

Sheehan said were able to determine Haffey broke into several homes in Tewksbury as well as homes in Andover, Tyngsboro and Acton.

Haffey worked for Yankee Pest Control out of Malden, and investigators also believe may have been stealing items from people while servicing the homes. Sheehan said that some victims in the case may not even realize that items are missing.   

During the course of the investigation, numerous items of jewelry have been recovered and returned to victims.      

According to Sheehan, some of the burglaries occurred during the day and others at night. During the day, Haffey would allegedly knock on the front door and see if anyone was home; if not, he would enter the home mostly through unlocked doors or windows. At night, he allegedly would drive around and look for houses with no lights on and attempt to gain entry through open doors or windows.

Haffey's arrest may not be the last one associated with this string of burglaries. Tewksbury Police believe Haffey did not act alone and the investigation is ongoing.

As always, Sheehan reminded residents that the Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center at 978-851-7373.  Residents wishing to remain anonymous can call the Tip Line at 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.

Jack Daniels November 19, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Who are you to judge me as a parent? And what because I believe in holding people accountable for their actions regardless of what they have been through? My children are well taken care of, well mannered and I'm confident won't be breaking into anyones homes. Keep making excuses for criminals; attitudes like yours are why killers walk the streets and shoot cops and innocent people.
Mary November 19, 2011 at 01:49 AM
If you do the crime, you do the time.
Matt November 21, 2011 at 05:30 AM
The bottom line here is that he needs rehab and counseling, and lots of it. I feel that only those who have been to the battle can understand the others who have been. I get it, because I was there (2003). War is an experience that will mentally alter forever the strongest of men. Those who have not been will never know what drove Mr. Haffey to this situation. He deserves, and has earned, everyones support. As Teddy Roosevelt said, "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."
Shannon Scopa November 21, 2011 at 01:01 PM
If Mr. Haffey is indeed addicted to drugs, he doesn't need prison, he needs an in-house rehab program that lasts longer than a few weeks. I hear all of you ranting about bad kids and "bs excuses" for bad behavior, and you're right. Some kids (although at 24 I don't think we can call Mr. Haffey a kid anymore) are just punks with crappy parents, but drug addiction adds a whole different dimension to the mix no matter who the kids or what their parental situation. Whatever you think of the "bs excuse"...it's real. Addiction makes people who wouldn't ordinarily do terrible things do those terrible things. And for the people who wouldn't normally break into houses, they KNOW they're causing pain and destruction, and they do care. They just don't know how to stop themselves. It's sad all around; for the addict, for the addict's family, and for the innocent people who get caught in the crossfire when their homes are broken into. I am in no way making excuses for criminal behavior. It happened and it needs to be dealt with accordingly. But when addiction is involved, you have to go beyond dealing with the criminal behavior and treat the addiction. It's not touchy-feely, it's not bleeding heart crap, it's the reality of the situation. Treat the addiction, and in most cases the criminal behavior goes away. There's also the added benefit of treatment being cheaper than prison, which saves everybody money. Surely the non-touchy-feely types can get behind that at least.
Marc November 21, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Matt well said..Thats all Im saying no one knows what went through his head. he and his family know that he is going to do the time for what hes done, but also needs the rehab and counseling. all Im saying is that this is all a first offense for him and hopefully he will be back to the same old person he was before he went in to serve his country. Even a few of our finest on the force are rooting for him..It was never said in the paper that he turned himself in..that should account for something of his character..again no one is saying for him not to be punished for what he has done.
Marc November 21, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Kate I could not have said it better myself. thank you for getting that point across. He is doing the time now and hopefully can get into some kind of rehab with the vets. He was injured overseas and the dr prescribed the meds you can only tolerate so much pain mentally and physically for so long before something snaps..
hunter November 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM
He and members or his Marine corp platoon couldn't re enlist???? That should tell EVERYONE something. The Marine corp didnt want them representing them....???? sounds like this isnt a one off bad behavior issue...
2006 TMHS grad November 24, 2011 at 06:18 PM
I grew up with Steve and although we were not friends i knew what kind of person he was from our school years. He was the most mild mannered kid who was nice to all those around him and truly without any enemies. He treated everyone with respect and was a good student who never got in trouble. I have not kept in touch since we graduated high school but It shocks me to hear this news knowing that it is completely out of character. I truly hope Steve gets the help he needs to have his life return to a sense of normalcy and i praise him for holding himself accountable and turning himself in for what he knew what was wrong. To those that were affected by his actions, its incredibly unfortunate and i know many people will never be able to replace what was lost as well as having their peace of mind and security shaken up, but the greatest gift would be to forgive this troubled veteran for his actions. Addiction is a terrible thing and its sad to see our Veterans succombing to these ills and misfortunes when they return home. I would hope we would stand by our veterans and give them the much needed support they need especially in troubled times. Yes they should be held accountable for their actions but they also need a tremendous amount of support for what they have experienced while protecting and serving this great country. To Steve and his family, i hope you stay strong during these times, get the help you need, and come out a better man. I pray for your success.
Natalie November 24, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Yeah he may have a drug addiction, but he still needs to be held accountable for his actions. Just because he has a drug addiction, it doesn't mean we can treat him like what he did was fine. He broke in and stole precious memories of a young girl that passed away, and then scrapped it all. And that's not okay.
Jack Daniels November 25, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Casey, you should be embarrassed for posting on a public forum when you haven't grasped the english language. I'm sure your relative the criminal is a great guy who just made a simple mistake...right. The decision to steal from others is a conscious decision and a bad one. I don't care if your relative killed Bin Laden, he robbed people that worked hard for what they have. I hope he likes it in the can.
Jack Daniels November 25, 2011 at 01:49 AM
David Berkowitz (a.k.a the Son of Sam) was also in the military and later a serial killer. Should we excuse his actions?
gosox83 November 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Hey Casey, I don't care who this jerk is to you. Just the idea that this freak was in my home and stole my belongings makes my skin crawl. Just because he served for our COUNTRY means he has the right to steal? I know people who have served in Iraq, I know vets with PTSD and they would never in a million years do a thing like this. You go ahead and be proud of this loser though. Wish I had 12 just like him in my family.
gosox83 November 27, 2011 at 01:03 AM
He got my house Cathy and I wish I was there when he broke in, I would have loved to have given this dumbo eared loser a bat to the face.
gosox83 November 27, 2011 at 01:05 AM
"He will due time for what he has done, no doubt but I also know he will be more then willing once he is well to apologize to each family he has hurt. That is just the type of kid he is." Ooooh I welcome him to come and apologize to me.
gosox83 November 27, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Well Jack, if you can't tell by all these bleeding hearts apparently being in the Marines means you can do no wrong.
gosox83 November 27, 2011 at 01:37 AM
"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards." I was unaware if you serve in the military you get a free pass to be a criminal. My bad!
Marc November 28, 2011 at 07:19 PM
omg you people are you all morons..everyone and including his mother said he should and will be accountable for his actions.. not one person including me said he should not be..we all said just like his 2006 tmhs grad above said this is completely out of character for him..As i said before to another person..I hope to god none of your children end up with any kind of addiction to include alcohol..because it sounds to me like none of you would even be there for any type of support.. because when you are addicted, I hate to say this, you will do anything for that drink or fix. As I also mentioned..I was one of his victims, my house was hit, my gold taken and melted down..am i angry yes, I dont have a bleeding heart, its just called forgiveness because there are more important things in life then items..like your health and your families health to me that is the most important thing..I realize, meg passed away..she was friends with my daughter and im sure her mom would prefer to have meg..meg has and always will be around as long as the families of tewksbury keep her spirit alive by doing exactly what they have been doing..
gosox83 November 28, 2011 at 07:32 PM
So everyone who is angry is a moron? Im not his family, I don't have to support him I am victim that he stole from. I would hope I raise my children better not to ever do anything like this. I hope he gets help. But, the kid is still scum. It's really nice you think this highly of him, Marc. He obviously didn't think much of you in order to steal from you.
Shannon Scopa November 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Drug addicts will steal from their dying grandmothers, their own parents, their children, ANYBODY. It doesn't matter whether or not they think highly of you. What is it about "drug addict" do you not understand? And who is saying he shouldn't be held accountable for what he's done? He absolutely should. What he did was wrong and it hurt many people, and he needs to make amends for that. But everybody screaming for justice should understand something: Without treatment for the addiction, no amount of justice is going to change the behavior. Also, this can happen in anybody's family. By all accounts (and I've heard other accounts off of this website), this was a good kid and good student, enrolled in honors classes, from a middle class family who did things "right." As for the "bleeding heart" thing, it has been my experience that it's the conservative leaning folks who are the biggest military cheerleaders, but this isn't about politics. It's about drug addiction and the criminal behavior that is a direct result of drug addiction.
Marc November 29, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Kate well said..big koodos for you finally someone completely understands what i was saying..I couldnt have said it any better then you..
Marc November 29, 2011 at 12:52 AM
oh and just one thing im far from being a military cheerleader..no offense to anyone im dead set against the what the military stands for..and yes its not about the politics so i wont go on..i just feel the older im getting, the closer i want to keep my kids..and always think what if...so i just never judge..thats they way i was raised anyway to not judge and not hate no matter how angry..
gosox83 November 29, 2011 at 03:35 AM
FIRST off, I want to be clear about sounding "anti-military" if I did...I am a MASSIVE military cheerleader and I'm far far far from a conservative. All I'm saying is that I'm angry this jerk was in my home and stole my belongings that I'll never get back. I hope he gets help but I'm not going to sit here and cry about how he needs help.I would like to see you help him though, Marc. Instead of you being a rebuttle to every angry remark made against him, get off your computer and help him and his family instead of talking about it :) That wasn't a snide remark. If you think this drug addict can be helped, you should volunteer your time and help him out.
Matt Guild December 05, 2011 at 04:08 AM
gosox83, I wasn't saying he deserves a free pass. If you understood history, the military, and military history, that TR quote means that society (both gov't and the civilian populace) need to understand what results from sending warriors to war in their name. if you're sending them to fight, you damn sure better be ready with full resources to deal with them upon return. One would think we as a country would have learned this from Vietnam, but apparently not. Once again, we have vets returning to a society that doesn't have a clue (with some exceptions) about how to handle them. We also have those who have the luxury of anonymously hiding behind screen names to sanctimoniously condemn those who do far more than the critics. If I were a victim of Mr Haffey, I would make it a point to attend his trial and sentencing. If allowed to give a victim impact statement, I would, and this is what I would say-- " If anything comes of this, it should be that he gets rehab, counseling, and in depth monitoring and support from the local veterans community, after any incarceration. No amount of possessions is worth the destruction of a human life. If he can turn his life around and be a productive member of society, that would mean a lot more to me than a bunch of material possesions that really mean nothing in the grand scheme of things." And I would also make myself available to assist in this process, being both a vet and a former drug user.
Marc December 12, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Matt very well spoken..I just may use this when I do attend his trial if you don't mind..I hope you and your family are on the road to recovery and hope you have a very merry christmas..
INTRESTED March 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Bottom Line He stole
INTRESTED March 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Mary March 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The problem with our system is that these types of thieves go into jail for a short period of time and are set free to do exactly the same thing, over and over again. My neighborhood a young man that has served time in jail many times, only to come out to do drugs again and go house hopping robbing anything he can get his hands on. Let's talk about putting these kids in the service and do time doing something constructive.
sue boyce April 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
"but he walked into the station himself and admitted to everything that has to tell you a little something about his character." This benefited him...they would have come for him anyway. He has stolen from people he knows and even those trying to help him. You need to push but there IS help from the VA....he made poor, hurtful choices but had the choice...we all do. Thank you to all who serve...but he has violated the Marine values code...it's meant to be lifelong. Sad.
John October 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
There is a yard sale at their house today if you had anything stolen, it maybe up for sale.
Dirk Anderson October 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Mary, the military no longer wants criminals and addicts.


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