By Mark E. Vogler
---- — ANDOVER — Police say a burglary suspect who broke into the Richdale Convenience Store on Railroad Street early yesterday cut himself after smashing the front window, leaving behind a bloody trail of evidence that led to his arrest.
Jamie Pelletier, 45, of 34 Fountain Drive, North Andover, was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property over $250, larceny from a building, attempting to commit a crime and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Following his arrest by Andover police, Pelletier was transferred to the Essex County Jail in Middleton, where he will be held pending his arraignment tomorrow in Lawrence District Court.
Police received a call shortly after midnight that the glass window on the front of the store was smashed. They also learned that somebody driving a gray Toyota Prius had fled the scene, traveling from Railroad Street to North Main Street.
“The officers found blood around the window that had been smashed,” Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine said yesterday.
Police notified area hospitals to be on the lookout for somebody who came in for treatment of cuts. At 2:15 a.m.,security at Lawrence General Hospital called to report that a man had come into the emergency room with a cut on his hand
“Officers were dispatched over there and they observed the car matching the description parked in the parking lot. On the vehicle, they observed several spots of blood on the exterior and in the interior as well,” Heseltine said.
“They also noticed cigarettes in the car that were taken during the break, the same kind of cigarettes missing from Richdales,” he said.
Police went to speak with Pelletier and informed him of his Miranda Rights.
“They asked him about his injuries, and he started giving different explanations as to how he got injured. He kept changing his story,” Heseltine said.
A security video released by the store showed the suspect wearing clothes that matched the clothes found in the suspect’s vehicle. There was also blood on the clothing, according to police.
Based on the security video and blood evidence, Officer Joe Davies arrested Pelletier.