Numerous Counts in Numerous Jurisdictions

So, on Saturday I wrote an entry about two guys from New Hampshire who were accused of leading Billerica Police on a short chase before crashing a stolen Chevy Impala, fleeing on foot and getting captured.
The two guys arrested in that incident, Michael Meucci, 29, of Salem, N.H., and Daniel Desjardins, 27, of Manchester, N.H., are pictured below.

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Well, today I heard from Tewksbury Police that following the arrest of Meucci and Desjardins on Saturday, Tewksbury and Billerica Police worked together to get a warrant for room 314 at the Extended Stay America Hotel, 1910 Andover St., Tewksbury on Monday.
Inside the room, where Meucci and Desjardins were said to have been staying for quite a while, police found a jackpot of allegedly stolen items, which are pictured throughout the rest of this entry.

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Tewksbury Police have already linked some of the stolen jewelry and electronics to a house break at 158 Astle St., in Tewksbury, that occurred on Friday.
Meucci and Desjardins have been charged with receiving stolen property for that, and Tewksbury Police are investigating to determine if they’re responsible for the actual house break as well.
Detective Lt. Ryan Columbus told me Groton, Haverhill and Westford Police have also identified items that were taken during incidents in their towns. More charges will be coming.

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“There are going to be numerous counts from numerous jurisdictions,” said Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan.
Police departments from around the region are now going to be checking out the items found in this room to see if they’ve been reported stolen.
Meucci and Desjardins have been held since Saturday, since they’re fugitives from New Hampshire, where both had warrants. That’s on top of the charges they were already facing in Billerica.

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If you see that yellow Dyson vacuum in the background of this last picture, I figured it was just a Tewksbury Police vacuum that no one moved before taking the picture.
I was wrong. It too was reported stolen. No word yet on kitchen sinks.
Tewksbury Police are still asking residents who spot suspicious activity to call them at 978.851.7373. If you want to remain anonymous, call 978.851.0175, or email tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.

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Please Turn On Your Lights

By Robert Mills
rmills@lowellsun.com
LOWELL — Turn your porch light on at night, please.
That is the request being made by every neighborhood group in the city, city police and the Coalition for a Better Acre as part of a new low-cost initiative aimed at preventing crimes in Lowell.
“Lights On, Crime Off,” introduced by neighborhood leaders with bright yellow balloons tied to the front steps of Lowell City Hall, is aimed at getting 1,000 people and businesses across Lowell to fight crime with the flip of a switch.

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Organizers say if residents and businesses use a 75-watt light bulb on their porch, taking part will cost just 7.22 cents per 12 hours, or about $2.25 per month.
“There’s not much you can buy for seven cents anymore,” said Ann-Marie Page, president of the Centralville Neighborhood Action Group.
Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee said increased lighting at night is an age-old but simple crime-fighting strategy, more visibly represented by the presence of streetlights in cities and towns across the world.
“People are less inclined to commit crimes where there is visibility, where there is scrutiny,” Lavallee said.

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Page noted that no matter how hard police work, they will never see as many things as residents see.
“They can’t be every place and see every thing,” Page said of police.
“The community needs crime reduction,” said Elkin Montoya, president of the board of directors at Coalition for a Better Acre.
Montoya said the goal is to get 1,000 people and businesses to sign the pledge to leave their lights on at night. The lights should be turned off during the day.
Mayor James Milinazzo signed the pledge and praised the neighborhood groups for working to prevent crime.
“As go our neighborhoods, so goes the city of Lowell,” he said.

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Other city councilors also signed the pledge as they made their way into their meeting last night. Councilors Rita Mercier and Franky Descoteaux led the way.
“It’s your city, and it’s up to your and your neighbors to take care of it,” Page said.
To sign the pledge, contact your local neighborhood group, or go online to http://www.coalitionforabetteracre.org/programs-events/community-building.

He just used a knife to carve up all her stuffed animals.

I abbreviated the quote for the headline here. The actual radio broadcast was “he just used a knife to carve up her mattress and all her stuffed animals.”
It was a Lowell Police stop and hold put out a little before 6:30 tonight for a man involved in a domestic.
A short time later, Officer David Couture found the man who he was looking for on Harrison Street about 6:35 p.m.

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Pictured above is David Semprit, 43, of 12 Oak St., Lowell. He is the man accused of just what the headline of this entry says. He didn’t appear to like me much, gave me the finger and yelled some gibberish.
Police accuse Semprit of breaking into his girlfriend’s apartment, denting the door, smashing plants, and using a kitchen knife to leave nine large slices in the middle of her mattress and to slice apart her stuffed animals.
Police say he earlier made threatening telephone calls to the woman, who I’m not identifying. He is also accused of pushing her down.

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Above is a knife recovered when police arrested Sempritt, who was held tonight, charged with breaking and entering daytime, domestic assault and battery, malicious destruction of property over $250, and intimidation of a witness.
There were no serious injuries in this case, but there are in hundreds of domestics in Lowell. This one just got my attention. Sadly, domestic violence is all too common for the paper to report on most individual cases.
Here’s a list of suggestions from District Attorney Gerry Leone on how to get help if you’re one of the millions of victims.

Pharmacy Robbed at Gunpoint

Somebody must have really needed a fix this afternoon, because the Pawtucket Pharmacy, at Pawtucket and School streets in Lowell got robbed at gunpoint right about 4:15 p.m.
If you’ve ever driven through that intersection at that time of day, I’m sure you know how much traffic is there.

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Police got called to the pharmacy via 911 call at 4:19 p.m., and employees reported that two black men, both of whom had their faces covered, held up clerks at gunpoint.
Police say both men had guns, and fled on foot down Pawtucket Street toward Fletcher Street.
It’s unclear if they had a vehicle waiting. None was described to police, but a ton of officers got to the area fairly quickly and came up empty on a search for suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Break-In-Progress

Officers Jose Lorenzi and Jerome Moore arrested two young people inside a home at 350-352 Wilder Street in Lowell tonight after getting a call about a possible break.
They arrived on scene and had dispatchers clear the primary police radio channel when they realized they had a break in progress, and then arrested two people at gunpoint inside a hallway of the vacant home.

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Jillian Soucy, 17, and Carlos Del Valle, 17, both of 319 Wilder St., (the GRIP house) were each charged with breaking and entering night and trespassing.
There have been a lot of breaks in the Highlands over the last few years. I’m certainly not saying these two had anything to do with those, but it was still good to see such a quick arrest on a break in the neighborhood.

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If you want to help cut back on all the breaks around the city and you spot something suspicious, do what someone did tonight and call either 911 (break in progress) or 978.937.3200 (suspicious person).
Neighborhood groups around the city are also getting ready to kick off a new initiative aimed at helping to reduce crime, and house breaks in particular. More information on that here.

Ten Miles-Per-Hour

That’s how fast the driver of the car pictured below allegedly told a firefighter she was driving before her car split a telephone pole in half on Totman Road near Cidalia Drive in Lowell this afternoon just before 4 p.m.
Suffice to say the officer who wrote the report voiced some skepticism.

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The good news is the driver, Atul Bhagat, 40, of Lowell, was not seriously hurt in the crash. She was taken to Lowell General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and was not even cited.
Police had to stay on scene until the utility pole was repaired, and police said the impact tore wires from homes at 72 and 79 Totman Road.
The crash caused an outage for about 500 homes in the neighborhood that lasted a pretty good portion of the evening, according to a resident of the area who used to work for us. Last I checked National Grid’s website, there were still 19 homes without power as of midnight.
Photo courtesy Ashley Morris, who drove by the scene this afternoon and told me about this via Twitter since she was worried someone was seriously hurt.

Ten Miles-Per-Hour

That’s how fast the driver of the car pictured below allegedly told a firefighter she was driving before her car split a telephone pole in half on Totman Road near Cidalia Drive in Lowell this afternoon just before 4 p.m.
Suffice to say the officer who wrote the report voiced some skepticism.

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The good news is the driver, Atul Bhagat, 40, of Lowell, was not seriously hurt in the crash. She was taken to Lowell General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and was not even cited.
Police had to stay on scene until the utility pole was repaired, and police said the impact tore wires from homes at 72 and 79 Totman Road.
The crash caused an outage for about 500 homes in the neighborhood that lasted a pretty good portion of the evening, according to a resident of the area who used to work for us. Last I checked National Grid’s website, there were still 19 homes without power as of midnight.
Photo courtesy Ashley Morris, who drove by the scene this afternoon and told me about this via Twitter since she was worried someone was seriously hurt.