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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


Police charged Buckley with six counts of larceny under $250, six counts of larceny over $250, 14 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime for felony, and one count of malicious destruction of property. Police said he damaged the dashboard of one of the vehicles he entered.

Police said the items Buckley took from vehicles included an iPod Touch valued at $400, a cigar lighter valued at $25, a backpack valued at $40, a gold-and-white wedding ring valued at $500, two GPS devices each valued at $200, a collection of silver coins valued at $200, a dashboard CD player valued at $275, and small amounts of coins and cash.

Police said the breaks occurred over the last few weeks and were primarily in the area surrounding Zion Bible College.

“He told police he could give back much of what was taken,” DePaulo said.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on Wednesday about 10:45 a.m., Officer David Mekalian was on patrol when dispatch notified him of a man who called to report that a white male dressed in a red hoodie was trying to enter parked vehicles and was walking up Leroy Avenue toward South Main Street. Officer Brian Bailey, who was working a detail in the area, spotted the suspect and stopped him to question him. The officer said the man’s pockets were “bulging out” and were filled with something. The man, who identified himself as Buckley, began removing items from his pockets, including several cell phone charger devices, police said.

At that time, a tissue filled with several different kinds of pills fell from Buckley’s pocket onto the ground. Mekalian arrived and questioned Buckley about the pills. Buckley said he has a prescription for clonazepam, a drug used in the treatment of seizures and panic disorders. Police said Buckley had 29 whole tablets and three half tablets, but no proof they were his.

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