EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


October 16, 2012

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers


In another incident, a relative of an elderly Methuen homeowner helped police capture a burglary suspect. The relative confronted Wilfredo Rivera, 44, as he entered the home. When the relative attempted to call police, Rivera assaulted him, according to Methuen police Lt. Michael Wnek.

A struggle then ensued that spilled out on to the front lawn, where the relative pinned Rivera until police arrived.

Rivera is a suspect in several home burglaries in the west end of the city, police said.

Kudos to these brave and responsible citizens for their help in getting suspected criminals off the streets.

JEERS for the audacity of thieves.

In Lawrence, the owner of a Brook Street property reported that someone had stolen metal security bars meant to keep people from coming through the first-floor windows of the building. The security bars were bolted into the house “and would have taken a long time to remove,” police said in a report on the incident.

One of our website commenters noted that it used to be said that some people would steal anything that wasn’t bolted down.

“I guess that doesn’t apply anymore,” the commenter noted.

It seems likely that the bars were stolen to be sold as scrap metal. This has been a growing problem during these tough economic times as metal prices have soared.

We hope police catch the thieves so that they can spend some time behind bars they won’t be able to steal.

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