EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Pair charged in Pelham burglary

By John Toole
jtoole@eagletribune.com

---- — PELHAM — Two teenagers charged in a burglary called a cab during their alleged getaway.

Adam Bergeron, 19, of Bradford, and Justice Holmes, 17, of Haverhill, both wanted fugitives in Massachusetts, are charged with burglary and possession of marijuana.

More charges are expected.

Detectives also linked the duo to prior Pelham burglaries, thefts and 15 motor vehicle break-ins, police said.

Pelham police Lt. Brian McCarthy said the two also are being looked at in connection with recent burglaries in Plaistow, Merrimack and Haverhill.

“We may be looking at as many as 60 or 70 crimes,” he said.

The arrests came Tuesday afternoon following a search of woods near the town line by Salem and Pelham officers.

A burglary on Robinson Lane was reported shortly before 2 p.m. in which a Kindle Fire and a large amount of coins were stolen.

A witness reported two males running in the woods nearby, leading to the search that involved a police dog.

Salem Officer Greg Pepper later saw Bergeron and Holmes, who matched the description of the burglars, walking on Harley Road in Salem, as police searched the area.

McCarthy commended Pepper.

“He did what good cops do,” McCarthy said. “Had he not done that thorough checking, we would not have been able to make these arrests.”

Before their arrests, the two teenagers made a phone call for a taxi.

“Officers later confirmed that Bergeron and Holmes attempted to utilize the cab to flee from the scene,” Pelham police said in a press release.

Court records said Holmes at one point walked down the street to check a sign to help the cab driver locate them.

“The cab driver cooperated with police and provided officers with a statement in this event,” police said.

The call wasn’t unusual for the two, McCarthy said.

“It is believed that is how they have been committing their crimes,” he said.

Pelham Patrol Officer Adam Thistle, in his arrest affidavitt, said Holmes confessed to being with Bergeron during the burglary on Robinson Lane.

Court papers said the two lamented their capture while in custody, Holmes telling Bergeron they should have run.

“They would have got us,” Bergeron allegedly replied.

The two men were arraigned yesterday in 10th Circuit Court in Salem and requested court-appointed lawyers.

They are scheduled for probable cause hearings Oct. 3 at the Salem court.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash for Bergeron and $10,000 cash for Holmes.

They were being held at Hillsborough County jail.

Bergeron was wanted in Massachusetts on a charge of receiving stolen property, a motor vehicle, court records said.

Holmes was wanted in Haverhill on four felony breaking-and-entering charges and in Newbury on three misdemeanor breaking-and-entering charges, court records said.

Police last week had warned residents of Pelham neighborhoods around Route 38 about a crime spree affecting Kopers Lane and Pelham, Dodge, Indian Valley and Plower Roads.