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November 8, 2013

Teen charged with theft of FBI weapons

Andover police work with FBI, Lawrence and State Police to track down stolen rifles

ANDOVER — A 16-year-old Lawrence boy is being charged with stealing two high-powered rifles from a car parked outside an FBI agent’s house on Canterbury Street late Wednesday or early Thursday morning, police said.

The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, is facing charges of one count of larceny over $250, one count of larceny under $250 and two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle during the nighttime.

Police believe he broke into several cars in the neighborhood, including one on the adjacent Lowell Street, as well as the agent’s unmarked SUV SWAT emergency response vehicle, which was parked in front of the agent’s house.

According to the Andover police log for Thursday, Nov. 7, a resident of Lowell Street called at 9:52 a.m. to report both of his cars were entered overnight and that items were stolen. It wasn’t until 7:40 p.m. Thursday that the larceny on Canterbury Street was recorded in the police log.

Police actually started working on the case much earlier than that, however.

Commander Charles Heseltine said yesterday that sometime during the late night hours of Wednesday or early Thursday morning, the teen, who may or may not have been alone, allegedly stole the guns out of the agent’s car.

He also broke into at least one car on Lowell Street, Heseltine said.

Thursday morning, Andover police detective Kevin Aufiero was able to lift a fingerprint off the Lowell Street car, which he then took to the FBI crime lab in Danvers, where it was fed into a national database of fingerprints.

A match came back linking the suspect in Lawrence to the crime.

Meanwhile, an FBI forensics team, working with Mass. State Police, got a fingerprint off the agent’s SUV. It also matched the suspect.

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