METHUEN — Police last night were conducting a manhunt for a 23-year-old New Hampshire resident wanted in connection with two of four home breaks reported in the city Thursday.
Gerardo Rodriguez, whose last known address was in Derry, is wanted on warrant for breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and larceny from a building.
Police said Rodriguez is a suspect in burglaries that occurred late Thursday morning in the Arlington neighborhood and east end of the city. Taken from the homes were jewelry and electronics, including a 40-inch flat screen television and laptop computer.
Thursday’s incidents followed a string of breaks over the last two weeks in the Haverhill Street area near the Lawrence line. The burglaries and breaks are part of a “seasonal uptick” in those crimes, according to police Chief Joseph Solomon. After summer ends, more homes in the city are left unoccupied during daytime hours, Solomon said.
The chief called on residents to watch for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and take simple precautions to protect their property. “Make sure you lock all your doors. If you have an air conditioner in the window, make sure it’s secure.”
Rodriguez also has warrants out of Boston and Derry, for possession of burglarious tools and receiving a stolen motor vehicle. Residents with information on his whereabouts were asked to call their local police department.
Police believe Rodriguez broke into 37 Taylor St. and 61 Tudor St. with the help of his ex-girlfriend Leah Limone, 21, of Salem, N.H. Limone received a court summons Thursday on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, accessory before the fact, accessory after the fact, and larceny from a building.
Detectives also arrested two juvenile males from Methuen on Thursday and charged them with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and larceny over $250. They were arrested after being caught on video surveillance burglarizing 14 Arlington St., where a homeowner reported missing a watch, jewelry, video game system and backpack, according to a police report.