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Merrimack Valley

July 31, 2013

Alleged tire thieves free pending Oct. 9 pretrial

NORTH ANDOVER — Two men accused of stealing two wheels from a car on Edgelawn Avenue early Friday morning remain free on their own recognizance pending a pretrial hearing Oct. 9.

Argenis Carpio, 20, of 163 High St., Lawrence, and Luis Higs, 20, of 19 Union St., pleaded not guilty to larceny over $250 at their arraignment in Lawrence District Court on Friday.

A neighbor called police a few minutes after 5 a.m. to report two men were removing the wheels from a silver Acura parked at 25 Edgelawn Ave. Officers Michael Reardon, Michael Gilligan and Scott Whittaker immediately went to that location, police said.

They were soon joined by Chief Paul Gallagher and Lt. Charles Gray. When Reardon found one of the suspects inside a minivan, he drew his gun and ordered the suspect to get down on the ground, according to a report the officer filed with Lawrence District Court.

The suspect, Higs, was then handcuffed. Meanwhile, Whittaker pursued the second suspect, who had fled to the nearby Wood Ridge housing complex, police said.

Whittaker found Carpio and arrested him. When police arrived on Edgelawn Avenue, the Acura was missing two wheels and was resting on blocks, according to Reardon’s report. Police found the missing wheels in the minivan, along with a tire iron.

Gray said police are investigating Friday morning’s incident to see if there is a connection with other thefts of wheels that have been reported in the area.

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