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October 19, 2012

Teen charged with series of thefts from cars

19-year-old's pockets bulged with stolen items, police say

HAVERHILL — Police said they have solved the mystery of who has been stealing from unlocked cars in Bradford — and that a teenager is to blame.

Aaron Buckley, 19, of 15 Shawmut Ave., is charged with stealing everything from to an iPod Touch, a wedding ring, GPS devices and a collection of silver coins.

Police said they caught Buckley when an officer noticed his pockets were bulging as Buckley walked through a Bradford neighborhood. The officer asked Buckley what he was carrying and discovered a variety of items that appeared to have been stolen, police said. Buckley was also carrying drugs and straws that he said he uses to sort the drugs, according to police.

During Buckley’s arraignment yesterday in Haverhill District Court, Judge Stephen Abany allowed a court clinician and Buckley’s court-appointed defense lawyer time to contact his grandmother, whom Buckley lived with, according to police.

Buckley’s lawyer, Maria Murber, said his grandmother was too embarrassed to appear in court. She needed time to think about whether she would post bail and also if she would allow him to return to her home, Murber said. Buckley’s mother lives in Maine, but no relationship exists between them, Murber said.

“His father is deceased, he lives with his grandmother and he’s lived in this area all his life,” Murber said in asking that Buckley be released on minimal bail. She said he posed no risk of fleeing.

Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo asked that Buckley be held on a high bail amount. He said although Buckley has no prior record, he is responsible for a slew of car breaks in the Bradford area.

“A street would be picked, then all the cars on that street would be hit,” DePaulo said, adding that Buckley would only enter unlocked vehicles.

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