By Bill Kirk
---- — HAVERHILL — Police arrested a 19-year-old Bradford man yesterday and charged him with breaking into 14 motor vehicles.
Aaron Buckley of 15 Shawmut Ave. was picked up on South Prospect Street around 10:44 a.m. Wednesday after police suspected him of breaking into a nearby car. Items from that car were found in his possession, police said.
When he was brought back to the Haverhill police station for questioning, he spoke with detectives. By yesterday afternoon, he was charged with breaking into another 14 cars.
Buckley will be arraigned today in Haverhill District Court on 14 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, larceny over $250, larceny under $250 and malicious damage.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Buckley's home, where they found items that had reportedly been stolen from some of the cars that were broken into.
The arrest of Buckley may mark the end of a rash of car-breaks that have been plaguing Bradford since the beginning of October.
According to police, 15 cars had been broken into, usually at night, in Bradford over the last several weeks.
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Eagle-Tribune reported that Haverhill police were planning on increasing patrols in the area around Bradford Common and Zion Bible College. Police said in the story that the thief or thieves had made off with wallets, pocketbooks, money, small electronic items and other valuables during the breaks, most of which occurred at night and in neighborhoods where residents typically felt safe and sometimes left their car doors unlocked.
Car break-ins had been reported on Upland Avenue and Colby Street, as well as on South Lincoln, Lincolnshire Drive, Sherwood Drive and Alfred Park.
More on this story later online at eagletribune.com and in tomorrow's editions of The Eagle-Tribune.