EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 30, 2013

Haverhill teen who served jail time for breaking into cars is charged with new crime

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — A Haverhill teen who served jail time earlier this year for breaking into cars in Bradford was arrested again last week on similar charges.

Police said Aaron Buckley, 19, of 15 Shawmut Ave., broke into a car on Chadwick Street in the early morning of July 16 and was recognized by a man who said they had attended high school together. Following an investigation, police arrested Buckley on a warrant charging him with breaking and entering a vehicle/boat in the nighttime to commit a felony.

At his arraignment July 24 in Haverhill District Court, Buckley’s bail was set at $2,000, but he was ordered held without bail and is facing the possibility of having to serve the remainder of an 18-month sentence imposed in January, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

According to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Buckley served approximately three months in jail after being credited with time previously served. He is facing a year in jail, the balance of his 18-month sentence if found guilty of the new charge.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on July 16 police were called to the Chadwick Street residence. A man there told police he was walking home when he saw Buckley breaking into a car owned by a family member. The owner of the car told police that nothing was taken but the car was entered.

In October, Buckley was charged with stealing items from more than a dozen cars in Bradford. Buckley was arraigned on the charges and was released on $500 cash bail. Police said the items Buckley stole included an iPod Touch, a wedding ring, GPS devices and a collection of silver coins in a series of breaks that happened in the Bradford area over a period of a few months.

Buckley was released when someone posted his bail and less than a week later police arrested him on a warrant for other thefts and setting fire to a Jeep, according to documents in Haverhill District Court. Police said those new charges against him stemmed from an investigation into thefts from vehicles he admitted to when he was arrested the week before. This time Buckley was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail.

Those court documents also showed that Buckley’s girlfriend told police she was concerned about his “increase in violent behavior.”

According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, on Jan. 16, Buckley was found guilty of three counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for felony, three counts of larceny over $250 and one count of receiving stolen property. Buckley was sentenced to 18 months in the house of correction, with six months to be served and the balance suspended for two years.

Buckley was ordered to appear in court Aug. 8 for a pretrial hearing.