EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


August 16, 2013

Thieves on spree take expensive car rims, tires

Police: More than $150,000 in losses, no leads


The lot is surrounded on three sides by apartments.

Police estimate the cost to replace the rims and tires of the Nissan 380Z will be in excess of $6,000.

That is not including the cost of repairing any damage that may have resulted after the jacks that were holding up the passenger side of the car moved out of position and that side of the car collapsed onto the pavement.

“It appears that this is happening in neighboring towns as well,” Pistone said in reference to an arrest last month in North Andover of two Lawrence men who were charged with stealing rims and tires from a silver Acura.

On the morning of July 26, police in North Andover went to a home on Edgelawn Avenue after a neighbor reported two men removing the wheels from a silver Acura parked at 25 Edgelawn Ave.

Police found one of the suspects inside a minivan. That man, Luis Higs, 20, of 19 Union St., was arrested.

A second suspect, Argenis Carpio, 20, of 163 High St., was arrested after he fled to the nearby Wood Ridge housing complex, police said.

Police found the Acura was missing two wheels and was resting on blocks. The missing wheels were in the minivan, along with a tire iron, police said.

Carpio and Higs pleaded not guilty to larceny over $250 at their arraignment in Lawrence District Court.

They were released on their own personal recognizance pending pretrial hearings on Oct. 9.

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