By Angeljean Chiaramida
---- — NEWBURYPORT — A New Hampshire man will spend the better part of the next 18 months in a Massachusetts jail after being found guilty of dozens of theft related charges during burglary sprees in West Newbury and Merrimac.
Cameron M. Waller, 19, of 116 Haverhill St., Chester, N.H., pleaded guilty to 50 charges, all related to two nights of stealing from locked and unlocked vehicles in West Newbury on Sept. 12, and Merrimac on Sept. 10.
Police in West Newbury and Merrimac responded to reports from victims of their vehicles being broken into or entered and robbed of cash, wallets, purses, credit cards and other items, such as electronics. Police immediately began their investigations into the thefts.
After reports of stolen credit cards being used at stores in Plaistow, N.H. were received, Merrimac police retrieved video surveillance of Waller and an accomplice using the credit cards to purchase items at Kohl’s, CVS, Walgreens and other retailers.
Sending the picture of Waller and his accomplice out to other law enforcement agencies seeking assistance, police in Haverhill responded to Merrimac, identifying Waller a defendant in similar activities in that city. Merrimac police also found Waller’s picture on his Facebook page and matched it to surveillance footage.
According to court documents, for his actions in West Newbury on Sept. 12, Waller was sentenced to 18 months in the house of correction for each of four counts of felony breaking and entering into a vehicle at night, as well as each of four counts of larceny of merchandise worth more than $250.
Also for his actions in West Newbury, he was sentenced to six months in the house of correction for 12 counts of breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, as well as being sentenced to one year in the house of correction for one count of larceny under $250.
For his illegal activities in Merrimac, he was convicted on 29 counts of breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, and sentenced to six months in the house of house of correction on each count. One charge of felony breaking and entering of a vehicle at night was dismissed.
All charges are to be served concurrently.