Two Days, Four Incidents, Nine Arrests at Motel Caswell

Shoplifter assaults managers at Market Basket

made nine arrests involving four separate incidents at the , 450 Main St., over the weekend.

The arrests resulted in charges including larceny of a motor vehicle, drug possession, minor in possession of alcohol and several outstanding warrants.

The first incident took place early Saturday morning, just before 1 a.m., when the clerk working the night desk at the Motel Caswell called police to report that there were people in Room 231 that he wanted to leave and would not.

Several officers converged on the motel and four North Reading residents, two males and two females, were taken into custody.

Kelly McNeil, 24, 10 Green St., North Reading, was charged with trespass.

Derek Hughes, 18, 103 Main St., North Reading, was charged with possession of a Class E substance, as well as two outstanding warrants.

Kevin Blake, 18, of North Reading, was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, being the social host who is criminally responsible, being under 21 in possession of alcohol and trespass.

Colleen Coughlin, 23, 10 Burditt Road, North Reading, was charged with trespass.

On Sunday morning, just before 9 a.m., when Officer Alysia Russo stopped to check out a suspicious vehicle in the Motel Caswell parking lot. A vehicle check showed the car had been stolen in Salisbury.

Three additional units proceeded to the motel to back up officer Russo and two individuals staying at the motel, a male and a female, were arrested.

Shaun Strong, 28, listed as homeless, was arrested on two outstanding warrants. Briar Pare, 128 Ocean Drive, Seabrook, NH, was arrested on two outstanding warrants and was also charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

Later that day, just before 1 p.m., police executed warrants and arrested two more people staying at Motel Caswell. Matthew E. Ponte, 26, of 499 Boston Road, Apt. 1104, Billerica and Katherine Dobbins, 12 9th St., Apt. 403, Medford, were both taken into custody on the outstanding warrants. Dobbins was also charged with possession of a Class C substance.

Two hours later, police were back at the motel again, this time to arrest Mark J. Szczesuil, 44, 102 Lowell St., Apt. 309, North Reading, on two outstanding warrants.

Shoplifter escapes after assaulting managers

Monday, just after noon, police received a call from Market Basket, 10 Main St., reporting that a shoplifter had just left the store. The man was described as caucasian and roughly six feet tall. The caller stated that the man had escaped after assaulting store managers.

Police responded to the scene but the man could not be located. Witnesses were able to provide a license plate number for the car the man left in. Lowell, Dracut and State Police were notified

JOHNNY G February 16, 2011 at 05:32 PM
mgrn89 June 03, 2011 at 01:18 PM
CLOSE THE HOLE DOWN!!! always been, and always will!!! how long is the police going to allow it to go on??? 9 arrests in one weekend, get real...do people need more than that to close it down,, and last week attempted murder!!! Whats the hold up with shutting it down???
The Dude June 03, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Can somebody at the Patch break down all the police activity that the Caswell and Motel 6 attract and compare it the rest of Tewksbury?
Jade June 04, 2011 at 02:36 AM
The Motel Caswell has always been a magnet for crime. If it weren't for this establishment the Tewksbury Police Department wouldn't have too much to do. I have been saying it for years, shut down the dump. It is not a Motel but a residence for trouble. I thought that they were being investigated? (Feds) What happened to that? We haven't heard anything recently on that subject.
Ronald June 04, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Again, its the police departments fault that the Caswell is still in business. Get real people.
Jenny June 08, 2011 at 12:35 PM
honestly, look at the bright side..... its a central location for all the crime. if the caswell was shut down, all those loonies would be strewn about the town... at least their all in one spot :)
mark herman October 06, 2011 at 03:51 PM
So you don't like the way a place looks and you come along and take it away from people. Wow, what an attitude. If the owners have done something wrong then fine, go after them. But maybe, just maybe the cops find their way there to bolster their confiscation case against this family.
mark herman October 06, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Isn't it private property? So you see an eye sore and you take the property? Why not take their innkeepers license? Oh, I know because the cops want the cash they will get from the department of justice for taking this property. --
mark herman October 06, 2011 at 03:54 PM
So based on that you want to do what? Take their innkeepers license is fine, but to take their property? Come on... The cops are looking to fill a hole in the budget.
mark herman October 06, 2011 at 03:54 PM
It is certainly the police's fault for not trying to take the business license.
dave fay October 09, 2011 at 01:32 AM
I just think its wrong to seize private property from the owners fine them shut them down but seize there property. Why not motel 6. They have more money for better atourneys thats why
dave fay October 09, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I dont have an issue with closing down a place if they have been given the same chance as any other business in town to clean up there business.but whats next your friend leaves your house drunk gets arrested and the feds want to seize your house.were does it stop!!!
mark herman October 09, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Fully agree with you dave. I really feel for these people. I have an eye sore down the street, the guy is nice but crazy. I have no doubt that a few of my neighbors would happily push the guy out and have the government take the property. And it goes on and on.... The sad thing here is that people demand action, and some bright accountant in city hall see's a way to pull in a some revenue.....


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