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.
Theft: 69 Broadway, 3:03 a.m.
Car crash: Haverhill Street and Burnham Road, under investigation, 9:45 a.m.
Theft: 25 Druid Hill Ave., license plate stolen, 1 p.m.
Car crash: 491 Prospect St., two cars, no injuries, 1:03 p.m.
Car theft: 159 Pelham St., 1:15 p.m.
Vandalism: 125 Swan St., gas grill damaged, 2:33 p.m.
Theft: 27 Larchwood Road, license plate taken, 6:43 p.m.
Shots fired: 945 Riverside rive, report of gunshots in the area, 9:30 p.m.
Car crash: Route 213 East, under investigation, 10:31 p.m.
Vandalism: 57 High St., 1:31 p.m.
Car crash: 350 Winthrop Ave., no injuries, 3:17 p.m.
Arrest: Rosa Magalis, 38, 397 Hampshire St., Lawrence, shoplifting, 350 Winthrop Ave., 4:41 p.m.
Car crash: Mill Road and Turnpike Street, no injuries, 5:40 p.m.
Car crash: Turnpike Street and Waverley Road, no injuries, 6:33 p.m.
Illegal dumping: Main Street, 8:36 a.m.
Arrest: David Morgen, 17, 8 Crescent Drive, violation of a court order, 8 Crescent Drive, 4:52 p.m.
Car crash: Lowell Street, report of deer hit by car, 6:14 p.m.
Illegal dumping: River Road, at the Rec Park, 10:25 p.m.
Car break: 156 Beacon Ave., 1:07 a.m.
Car crash: Andover and Parker streets, under investigation, 1:40 a.m.
Noise complaint: 257 Farnham St., 2:23 a.m.
Noise complaint: 14 Beacon St., 2:55 a.m.
Vandalism: 102 Glenn St., 6:28 a.m.
Burglary: 121A S. Broadway, 8:09 a.m.
Car theft: 10 Diamond St., 9:27 a.m.
Car crash: Bennington and Fern streets, under investigation, 10:42 a.m.
Vandalism: 33 Brook St., 11:53 a.m.
Theft: 159D Andover St., 3:12 p.m.
Disturbance: 18 Franklin St., 6:24 p.m.
Arrest: Jeremiah Cardona, 22, 323 Lawrence St., driving without a license, failure to stop for a police officer, Broadway and Bradford Street, 10:27 p.m.
Vandalism: 140Boardman St., 8 a.m.
Car crash: East Broadway, no injuries, 11:12 a.m.
Car crash: 284 Winter St., no injuries, 12:03 p.m.
Vandalism: 39 4th Ave., car damaged, 12:35 p.m.
Arrest: Joshua Willett, 38, 14 Doane St., uttering a false prescription, Lafayette Square, 2 p.m.
Theft: 259 Main St., 4:08 p.m.
Vandalism: 20 Newcomb St., 4:14 p.m.
Burglary: 11 North St., 4:25 p.m.
Car crash: Kingsbury Avenue, under investigation, 4:31 p.m.
Car crash: 486 S. Main St., under investigation, 4:35 p.m.
Car crash: 790 River St., under investigation, 5:12 p.m.
Burglary: 97 N. Broadway, 5:38 p.m.
Arrest: Ryan Parenteau, 28, 102 Hancock St., assault and battery on a household member, 102 Hancock St., 6:30 p.m.
Arrest: Hannah Muaachud, 25, 19 West St., shoplifting, 35 Computer Drive, 6:42 p.m.
Disturbance: 7 Parkridge Road, 9 p.m.
Arrest: Brayden Murphy, 20, 25 Bachelor St., West Newbury, minor transporting alcoholic beverages, open container of alcohol in the vehicle, 54 Main St., 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.