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Police Log: Rented Getaway Vehicles, Shoplifting Incidents Keep Police Busy

Jul 10, 2014 11:22PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Department.

How bad is the economy? So bad, apparently, that thieves have to rent vehicles to use in their robberies.

Tewksbury police are hunting for three men who attempted to steal an ATV from a home on Miles Road early Wednesday morning, using a U-Haul truck as a getaway vehicle.

The men fled the scene when they were interrupted by the homeowner, who was able to provide police with the license plate number of the truck. Police then used that information to track down the name of the person who rented the vehicle. However, they have not yet made an arrest.

Wal-Mart shoplifting incidents keep officers busy

Three people were arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart in separate incidents this week.

On Wednesday, July 9, a loss prevention agent from Wal-Mart called police to report a man had used a knife to cut open a cell phone case and steal the phone. The suspect fled the scene and tried to climb a fence to escape but appeared to sprain his ankle in the process. Police arrested Kevin <. Chappie, 34, 148 Gorham St., Chelmsford and charged him with shoplifting by concealing merchandise. Chappie was taken by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus for treatment of his ankle injury.

Earlier that same day, Brian Gingras, 28, 20 Harwood Drive, Billerica, was arrested at Wal-Mart for shoplifting by shoplifting by asportation.

On Monday, July 7, police arrested Kenneth J. Trites, 53, at Wal-Mart for shoplifting by asportation (3rd offense).

Additional arrests

Gregory R. Rosario, 28, 22 Collins St., Lynn, was arrested on July 9 and charged with driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

David A. Connell, 48, 370 Merrimack St., Apt. 1, Lowell, was arrested on July 9 and charged with larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing from his employer, Home Depot.

Rhonda M. Pattalena, 29, 23 Linwood Ave., North Reading, was arrested on July 9 on charges of Domestic Assault and Battery.

Jerry Sarkasian, 24, 557 Chandler St., Tewksbury, was arrested on outstanding warrants for asssault and battery, threats and destruction of property.

Additional calls

Thursday, July 10, 6:25 a.m. -- The manager of Market Basket, 10 Main St., called police to report a car had been left in the parking lot and that the vehicle appeared to have been in an accident. Officers responded to the scene, too a report and called Penney's to have the car towed.

Wednesday, July 9, 5:32 p.m. -- A resident of Fahey Place Apartments, 1360 Main St., called police to report that someone had broken into her home during the day and that several items were missing. A detective responded to the scene and a report was filed.

Wednesday, July 9, 1:34 p.m. -- A caller reported that someone had stolen his mother's diamond ring from her residence on Emerald Court.  A detective responded to the scene and filed a report.

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