EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 28, 2013

Tip leads to arrest in car break-ins

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — A 19-year-old man on probation for breaking into cars was charged early yesterday morning in a similar crime.

Police charged Alexander Tinkham, 19, of 42 Summer St., Apt. 6, with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

The arrest came after he was seen trying to break into a vehicle parked on Wingate Street and the incident was reported to police, who were in the area at the time.

Tinkham was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Haverhill District Court, where he was ordered held without bail for violating his probation on a previous case of breaking and entering.

According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, Tinkham was arraigned on Nov. 5 on charges of breaking and entering and destruction of property.

On Dec. 3, his case was continued without a finding for one year.

He was ordered to complete a course in Cushing House (a transitional treatment center for substance abusers), remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random screens, obey a restraining order, and pay $1,000 in restitution and a $100 victim witness fee.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, Officer Paul Malone was in the Railroad Square area about 2:30 a.m. yesterday when a passerby informed him that a man wearing dark shorts but no shirt tried to open the locked door of his vehicle parked on Wingate Street.

Malone wrote in his report that he called for backup and searched the area for a suspect.

He was soon notified by Officer David MacKinnon that a man matching the description was walking on Locust Street.

When MacKinnon tried to stop the suspect, the man dropped several cables and ran toward Walnut Street, the report said. MacKinnon lost sight of the suspect, the report said.

Malone retrieved the dropped items, which he said included two phone charger cords and an audio cable, according to the report. He said they were the kind of items typically stolen in car breaks.

Officers James Keenan and Nicole Donnelly located the suspect in a parking lot at 40 Welcome St., police said. Malone said the suspect tried to flee, but the officers caught him and placed him in handcuffs.

Tinkham had two outstanding warrants out of Haverhill District Court, Malone said in his report. Police confiscated two cell phone power cords, one audio cable and 12 $1 bills from Tinkham.

About 6 a.m. yesterday, a woman stopped at the front desk of the police station to say that while she was walking her dog, she found a wallet on the sidewalk in front of 14 Granite St.

Police contacted the owner of the wallet, who told them her vehicle was parked on Granite Street and that it had been entered and ransacked. The woman described the items that police found on Tinkham, including the cash.

The items were photographed and returned to the woman.