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December 11, 2013

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The next day, Sept. 1, the owner of the property, local electrical contractor Phil Rice, asked police to accompany him on an inspection of the property. Police said Cummings and Theodore refused to allow Rice into their business and refused to answer questions about business certificates or occupancy permits.

Police returned on Sept. 9 along with a city building inspector and advised Cummings and Theodore that they did not have a valid certificate of inspection for their recording studio and/or it had not been approved for public use.

According to a police report, Rice subsequently filed papers to evict Cummings and Theodore. His request was granted by a Haverhill District Court judge and executed that November.

Rice told police that when he inspected the property he discovered numerous damages, including walls torn down, large holes in the walls and ceilings, broken and removed floor tiles, doors cut in half, electrical wiring pulled out of the walls, damaged plumbing and heating ducts. In all, Rice estimated it would cost $16,637 to repair the damages and told police he would seek compensation for his losses.

Police subsequently brought charges of malicious destruction of property against Cummings and Theodore.

Court officials said Theodore’s case of malicious destruction was continued to June 10, 2014. They said Cummings’ case was continued to Jan. 6 for a pretrial hearing.

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