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October 25, 2012

Teen jailed on $10K bail after more theft charges

Police: Buckley smashed toys, set car seat on fire

By Mike LaBella mlabella@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — When 19-year-old Aaron Buckley was charged last week with stealing items from more than a dozen cars in Bradford, a judge released him on $500 bail.

But now Buckley is being held on $10,000 cash bail, after police arrested him Tuesday on a warrant for other thefts and setting fire to a jeep, according to documents in Haverhill District Court.

Those documents also show Buckley’s girlfriend told police she was concerned about his “increase in violent behavior.” Police reports show Buckley destroyed children’s toys in vehicles he entered and also set a child’s car seat on fire.

Buckley of 15 Shawmut Ave. was originally charged with stealing items including an iPod Touch, a wedding ring, GPS devices and a collection of silver coins in a series of breaks that happened in the Bradford area over the last few months.

Police said the new charges against him stem from an investigation into thefts from vehicles he admitted to when he was arrested last week.

Buckley was sent back to jail Tuesday after police charged him with the additional breaks, including one in which they said he took a GPS out of a Jeep along with some spare change and a portable DVD player, and then set the Jeep on fire.

Police arrested Buckley on a warrant charging him with one count of burning a vehicle, three counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles, two counts of larceny over $250, one count of larceny under $250, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of malicious destruction of property.

At his arraignment Tuesday on the new charges, Judge Patricia Dowling ordered him held on $10,000 cash bail.

Police said that after they arrested Buckley Oct. 17, he told them about the additional breaks and that he gave his girlfriend a GPS he took from a vehicle parked on Germain Avenue last month.

Police said they questioned Buckley’s girlfriend and she said she didn’t know the GPS was stolen. She told police she was concerned because he has shown violent behavior, according to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court.

According to the report, police told the woman that in some of the breaks, Buckley smashed toys in the cars he entered. Police also told the woman that what disturbed them most about the theft of the GPS from the Jeep was that Buckley set the back seat and a child’s car seat on fire, the police report said.

Police said the owner of the Jeep parked it in front of his home on the night of Sept. 29. When he returned to it the next morning, the interior was filled with smoke and the back seat was smoldering, police said.

The man used a garden hose to extinguish the smoldering seat, according to a police report. The man told police that in addition to a car seat, his Jeep contained a “large amount of children’s items.”

According to the report, after police told Buckley’s girlfriend about the fire, she broke down and said his behavior was because “she lost the baby about a month ago and he was upset over it.”

Police said they would not comment on what the woman meant because of medical privacy laws.

When police brought the first set of charges against Buckley last week, they said they caught him with stolen items when an officer noticed his pockets were bulging as Buckley walked through a Bradford neighborhood.

The officer asked Buckley what he was carrying and discovered a variety of items that appeared to have been stolen, police said.

Buckley was also carrying prescription drugs and straws that he said he uses to snort the drugs, according to police.

Buckley was arraigned Oct. 18 on charges that included six counts of larceny under $250, six counts of larceny over $250, 14 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime for felony, and one count of malicious destruction of property.

During last week’s hearing, Buckley’s lawyer, Maria Murber, said his father is dead, he lives with his grandmother in Bradford and that he has lived in this area all his life.

Murber asked that Buckley be released on minimal bail, while Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wood asked that he be held on $5,000 cash bail.

Abany ordered Buckley held on $500 cash bail and ordered him to appear Nov. 8 for a pretrial hearing. According to court officials, Buckley was released on Sunday after someone posted the $500 bail.

Police said that on the day Buckley was being arraigned in Haverhill District Court, the owner of the Jeep identified the items taken from his vehicle.

Police arrested Buckley on Tuesday on a warrant charging him with the additional breaks, including the one in which he allegedly set fire to the Jeep.