METHUEN — Two men were arrested within 30 minutes of each other on separate shoplifting charges at the CVS Pharmacy at 244 Broadway Monday night, police said.
Officers Derek Licata and Arthur Hardy went to the store about 7:52 p.m. where a loss prevention officer pointed out a man crossing the street.
When the man, later identified as John Murphy, 46, of 135 Hancock St., Lawrence saw the officers, he took off his jacket and hurled it into the Spicket River.
The loss prevention officer told police the man had taken a number of power toothbrushes and toothpaste, concealed them in his jacket and left the store without paying.
She later told police about $324 worth of merchandise was allegedly taken by Murphy.
Officers Licata and Thomas Torrisi and were sent back to the store about 8:22 p.m. where they arrested Cody Miele, 20, of 2 Summit Ave.
The loss prevention officer told police she had seen Miele take two bottles of Delsym cough syrup valued at $16.49 each and bring them to another area of the store where he took the bottles out of their boxes and concealed them in his clothing.
Miele was charged with shoplifting.
Vandals damage school property
HAVERHILL — Vandals used a motor vehicle to damage the lawn and knock over two wooden guardrails at the Golden Hill School during the weekend, police said.
Stephen Marcinkevich, maintenance man for the school at 140 Boardman St., reported the damage about 8 a.m. Monday, police said.
Marcinkevich told Officer David Mekalian that a vehicle was driven in a circle on the lawn near the baseball field and two wooden guardrails near the baseball field were pushed over and will have to be dug up and reset.
The following were taken from area police logs for Monday:
Car crash: 400 Lowell St., car into a pole, under investigation, 1:47 a.m.