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April 3, 2013

North Andover neighborhood hit by rash of car break-ins

NORTH ANDOVER — A number of cars were searched, stolen from and in one case stolen in a neighborhood sometime early Easter morning.

Starting at 8:33 a.m. Sunday, March 31, police received 11 individual reports of car breaks or thefts on Chadwick Circle, Highland View Avenue and Wentworth Avenue.

Among the incidents, the last of which was reported at 7:05 p.m. on Wentworth Avenue, was a report of a stolen vehicle on Wentworth Avenue at 8:37 a.m.

Several of the police reports indicate that the vehicles were unlocked. Many of the cars had nothing taken from them, while others reported a missing cell phone charger and GPS unit.

Andover speeding stop ends in five arrests

ANDOVER — A police officer on River Road at Riverside Drive got more than he bargained for after pulling a vehicle over for driving over the speed limit early Easter morning.

After the officer first pulled the car over at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, March 31, he smelled marijuana coming from the car, according to Andover Police Lt. William Ouellette. After searching the vehicle, five Lawrence youth were arrested.

Arrested were: Albert Peguero, 17, of 54 Bennington St. in Lawrence; Kiara Rodriguez, 18, of 37 East Dalton St. in Lawrence; Gabriel Torres, 18, of 32 Berkeley St. in Lawrence; Jewell Torres, 17, of 51 Portland St. in Lawrence; and a 16-year-old boy from Lawrence.

All five were charged with possession of a class D drug with intent to distribute after marijuana packaged in small bags was found in the car, Ouellette said.

All five were also charged with possession of ammunition without a permit after police found a handgun that fired blanks and a magazine containing seven rounds that didn’t go to a real handgun but still required a permit to carry, according to Ouellette.

The handgun and magazine were found in a bag together under one of the seats, Ouellette said.

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