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POLICE LOG: Careful What You Steal -- It Might Lead Police Right To You

Jun 20, 2014 11:41PM, Published by Bill Gilman, Categories: Public Safety, Today


Tewksbury Police Department.



Sometimes it's not the evidence a burglar leaves behind that leads to his arrest. Sometimes, it's what he stole.

Tewksbury Police believe that is the case with Billerica residents Stephen Peterson, 23, and Christian Doucette, 22. According to a TPD report, Peterson and Doucette allegedly broke into a Leary Drive home, sometime on Tuesday, June 17. The homeowner called police just after 6 p.m. and reported his door kicked in and glass all over the floor.

Three officers responded to the scene and the State Police CSI unit was requested. But it was one of the items allegedly stolen that allowed the TPD to crack the case. The homeowner reported that a Tablet had been stolen. A trace was done on the Tablet's GPS unit and officers were able to track down the precise location of the Tablet and the alleged thieves.

According to the police report, Peterson and Doucette were at a Game Stop in Chelmsford, allegedly trying to sell the Tablet. Police called the store and the manager was able to keep the men there until officers arrived on scene and made the arrests.

Officers say the two men admitted breaking into the home and stealing the Tablet, a Playstation game system, and a TV, as well as a .22 caliber hand gun and ammunition that had been locked in a safe. The men admitted they sold the gun and ammunition to a man in Lowell for $100, according to the report.

Doucette and Peterson were arraigned Wednesday in Lowell District Court.

Additional arrests:

  • Heather Bennett, 25, 123 Commonwealth Ave., Lowell, was arrested on warrants for assault and battery and shoplifting.

Additional Calls:

  • Thursday, June 19, 11:15 a.m.: A woman brought her son into Police Headquarters and reported that he had been assaulted on a school bus. The child received minor medical care but did not need to be taken to the hospital. An officer spoke to the child and the mother.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 4:53 p.m. -- A man walked into Police Headquarters and reported that his daughter had been assaulted by another student at the Wynn School on Tuesday. A report was filed.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 11:09 p.m. -- A resident called police to report a loud party going on at a home on Algonquin Drive. Officers responded and reported that it was an 8th grade party. They spoke to the hosts and reported the party was being wrapped up for the night.


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