EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 9, 2014

Suspect in car break-ins held on $1,000 cash bail

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — LAWRENCE — A suspect charged with stealing a GPS device and CDs from a car objected to North Andover officers questioning him early Tuesday morning, police said.

He became “physically assaultive” toward the officers, according to Lt. Charles Gray, and ended up being charged with three counts of assault and battery on a police officer as well as breaking and entering in the night.

When Mark Myers, 29, of 175 Main St., apartment 10, was arraigned in Lawrence District Court later in the day, his feistiness continued. He called Judge Michael Brooks a profane name and yelled “send me to state prison!” before being led out of the courtroom.

Brooks ordered Myers held at Middleton jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail and scheduled his next court appearance for Jan. 28. The judge denied a motion by Assistant District Attorney Katherine Fennel to revoke Myers’ bail on a case pending in Lynn District Court, where he faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs and negligent operation.

Myers was walking near the Santander Bank on Main Street and carrying a tote bag in one arm and a child’s car seat in the other arm, according to a report filed with the court by Officer Michael Reardon, who arrested Myers.

When Reardon asked Myers what he was doing in the downtown at that hour of the morning — 12:49 — he said he was “walking around for exercise,” according to the officer’s report. Reardon noticed a GPS device and CDs in the tote bag Myers was carrying, police said.

Myers claimed the items belonged to him. When Reardon asked Myers why he was carrying a flashlight, he said he needed it because it was dark, the officer wrote. Reardon noted in his report that Main Street is well lit at night.

Reardon was joined by Officers Michael Gilligan and William Brush. When Gilligan took the tote bag from Myers, he began to fight the officers, police said. He struck Gilligan and Brush in their faces, hit Reardon in the chest and also kicked him in the leg, according to the report.

Myers admitted taking the car seat from an unlocked vehicle, Reardon wrote. Officers found a medicine bottle that had been issued to a Second Street resident in the tote bag. When they went to that address, a resident there said the GPS and CDs were stolen from her vehicle, Reardon wrote.

Myers’ previous offenses include assault with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering in the night, disorderly conduct, unarmed robbery and resisting arrest, according to a court document.

Attorney Kenneth Allison of Haverhill was appointed by the court to represent Myers at the taxpayers’ expense.

During the past year, numerous unlocked vehicles have been broken into in North Andover. The Police Department continues to advise residents to lock their vehicles and not keep valuables in them.