LAWRENCE — Two men were arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing copper and pool parts from a resident's home.
Francisco Rodriguez, 47, of 62 Trenton St., and Luis Melendez, 64, of 2 Fitz St., were arrested at a residence on Prospect Street after police said they found the men on the property loading copper into a pickup truck.
A caller told police the men were removing pipes from the house and taking parts from the above-ground pool at 206 Prospect St. Police found Rodriguez in the yard near the pool and Melendez on the driveway. According to the report, the back door of the house appeared to be forced open.
In the red pickup truck, police found copper pipes that appeared to have been removed from a refrigerator, along with a Hayward pool filter and a pool motor, according to the report. The men said they were on the property taking a shortcut to the river, and that they had found the copper and pool parts at the river.
While police were talking to the men, a resident came up and told the officers the two men had taken a refrigerator from his property on High Street.
Police asked Rodriguez and Melendez for identification. Rodriguez handed them his wallet, and police found a small plastic bag containing a white powder inside, according to the report. Rodriguez said he found the bag at the river, too.
Both Melendez and Rodriguez were charged with trespassing and larceny of items valued over $250. Rodriguez also was charged with possession of a class A substance.
The following was taken from area police logs yesterday:
Breaking and entering: 20 Albion St., 12:01 a.m.
Breaking and entering a vehicle: Butler Street, 12:54 a.m.
Shots fired: 291 High St., second floor, 1:30 a.m.
Malicious destruction of property: 310 Howard St., 1:55 a.m.
Malicious destruction of property: 89 Thornton St., 3:29 a.m.
Assault and battery: 15 Exchange St., 8:47 a.m.
Malicious destruction of property: 219 Carlton St., 8:57 a.m.
Arrest: Richard Vazquez, 24, 48 Union St., intimidating a witness, 2 Appleton St., 12:05 p.m.
Arrest: Carlos Rivera, 31, Bailey Street, distribution of cocaine, distribution of cocaine to a minor in a school zone, resisting arrest, 77 S. Union St., 12:15 p.m.
Arrest: Fernando Luis Alvarez, 41, 133 Osgood St., apt. 2, disturbing the peace, 164 S. Union St., 12:25 p.m.
Fight: Andover and Parker streets, 2:07 p.m.
Shoplifting: 389 Broadway, 7:01 p.m.
Malicious destruction of property: 101 Spruce St., 11:07 p.m.
Attempted auto theft: Caller reported damage to vehicle's ignition, 5 Eastbrook Place, 7:23 p.m.
Burglary: Business reported its doors were discovered open and items were missing, 78 Oakside Avenue, 3:02 p.m.
Arrest: Lauren Potvin, 30, 167 Tyler St., possession of class A substance, 145 Pelham St., 8:14 p.m.
Citation issued for marked lanes violation: Johnson and Turnpike streets, 6:08 a.m.
Citation issued for red light violation: Massachusetts Avenue and Waverly Road, 6:27 a.m.
Citation issued for red light violation: Massachusetts Avenue and Chickering Road, 6:38 a.m.
Citation issued for speeding: near 1267 Osgood St., near 10:12 a.m.
Citation issued for speeding: near 1465 Osgood St., 12:36 p.m.
Citation issued for speeding: Boxford Street and Brookview Drive, 1:38 p.m.
Citation issued for speeding: near 1740 Turnpike St., 2:02 p.m.
Citation issued for speeding: near 1077 Osgood St., 2:54 p.m.
Unknown object thrown at car: near 247 Chickering Road, 9:31 p.m.
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