HAVERHILL — What started out as a relatively routine drug bust helped officers solve a house break, police said.
They said the evidence was in plain sight — a stolen computer sitting in the back seat of a car as a husband and wife were using heroin in the vehicle.
The husband and wife were shooting up heroin in the parking lot of the CVS on River Street Tuesday afternoon, police said, and ended up being charged with breaking into a home on Millvale Road.
Keith Thompson, 42, and Heather Thompson, 29, both of 418 East Broadway, were arrested and charged with possession of a Class A drug, breaking and entering in the daytime, and larceny over $250.
A friend of the owner of 62 Millvale Road happened to be driving by the house and noticed a broken side window at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Deputy Chief Donald Thompson. The friend immediately called police, Thompson said.
Officers went to the scene and searched the neighborhood for suspects, police said.
Pamela Boddy, the homeowner, also went to the house and identified missing items, including a computer and jewelry, according to a report filed by Detective Meaghan Buckley.
Detectives also saw a trail of drops of blood leading from near the broken window up to the second floor, Buckley wrote.
Later, Buckley and Detective Sonny Greenwood were looking for drug-related activity near Exit 49 off Interstate 495, Thompson said. Shortly after the break-in on Millvale Road was reported, they saw a Ford Explorer pull into the parking lot at CVS, Thompson said.
The man and woman inside the Explorer stayed in the car and were both hunched over, a common position for people injecting themselves with heroin, according to Buckley's report.
Buckley and Greenwood approached the vehicle and identified themselves as police officers. Heather Thompson pulled a needle from her arm and blood began to drip from the injection site, according to Buckley's report.