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March 7, 2014

Man charged for burglarizing cars in Pelham

PELHAM — A Lowell man faces multiple charges after police found him in the area where several cars had been burglarized Wednesday evening.

Duran McNeil, 30, was found walking on Old Gage Hill Road at about 7:30 p.m.

He initially told police he was walking from Salem and didn’t know anything about the car parked on the road, its hazard lights flashing, Lt. Brian McCarthy said.

His story changed several times, police said, before he finally admitted he had broken into several cars.

Police were responding to Kopers Lane, where two cars had just been burglarized, and a second call from Indian Valley Road, where several other vehicles had been burglarized.

Another officer came upon McNeil, walking along the road.

Police checked the registration of the disabled vehicle and the owner’s address matched the one McNeil had provided as his. Inside the car, police found multiple bags of coins, a green pocketbook and some power tools.

A victim on Kopers Lane confirmed a green pocketbook had been taken from a vehicle there just minutes earlier.

McNeill was charged with loitering or prowling, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, possession of drugs, and driving after revocation or suspension.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash. McNeil was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday in 10th Circuit Court in Salem yesterday.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie

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