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August 15, 2013

Intense search leads to charges

Helicopter, dogs tracked man wanted in breaks

LAWRENCE — A North Andover man who pleaded guilty to breaking and entering charges three weeks ago was back in court yesterday, standing accused of the same crimes.

Michael Robertson, 24, 479 Sutton St., North Andover, was arrested Tuesday night following an hour-plus search that included a canine unit and a State Police helicopter. Robertson is believed to have stolen a Garmin GPS device, various gift cards and change from cars on and around Sutton Street.

He was arraigned yesterday for two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle at night with intent to commit a felony and receiving stolen property. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail for violating the conditions of probation related to the earlier breaking and entering charges.

His next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.

A Sutton Street man called police Tuesday at 8:48 p.m. reporting a suspicious man near his car. He discovered a Garmin GPS and two phone chargers missing from the vehicle, assistant district attorney Lindsay Nasson said in court yesterday.

Police responded and spotted a man with a backpack who matched the caller’s description. When the man spotted police, he ran into the woods, Nasson said.

A canine unit and a State Police helicopter were called to assist in the search. After about an hour, police found Robertson climbing over a fence at Lawrence Municipal Airport near Wood Avenue and arrested him.

Police found on Robertson some change and various gift cards, which they believe were taken from other cars in the Sutton Street area.

Referencing the police report, Nasson said Robertson told police he did not want to go back to jail. When asked why he would go back to jail, he told police, “Because I’m drunk, and when I’m drunk I do stupid things.”

Robertson told police he steals GPS systems and either sells them to cab drivers or exchanges them with cabbies for rides, Nasson said.

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