Watch Your Wheels

Lowell Police are urging everyone to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, particularly in the overnight hours, because 11 cars across the city have had their tires and rims removed by thieves since Oct. 29.

The thieves have hit in all neighborhoods, and appear to target Hondas and Acuras. So far they’ve hit 8 Hondas, and 3 Acuras, according to Capt. Randall Humphrey. I think one of my neighbors got hit. I noticed one of the family’s cars in the driveway this week with no tires or rims.

Humphrey said the thieves usually strike between 2 and 5:30 a.m.

“Police are asking the citizens of Lowell to be extra vigilant in protecting their vehicles,” Humphrey wrote.

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.



Commercial Burglary

Police in Hudson, Tyngsboro and Pelham all appear to be investigating break-ins that are related tonight, but I’m basing this on radio broadcasts since all three departments are still working crime scenes and aren’t yet able to comment.

This all started about 10 p.m., when Tyngsboro put out a stop and hold for a black Infinity containing three men who broke into a liquor store in the TJ Maxx Plaza off Middlesex Road.

Tyngsboro radio broadcasts indicated Hudson had a similar break-in attempt about 30 minutes earlier at 9:35 p.m., at Roger’s State Line Variety. Hudson Police did confirm for me that there was an attempted break in at Roger’s, but could provide little other information immediately.

About 10:52 p.m., Pelham Police nearly caught suspects in a break in at the Getty gas station at 32 Bridge Street after a neighbor called in suspicious activity. According to radio broadcasts, Pelham pursued a vehicle but then lost it. That vehicle was described as a dark-colored or gray Infinity, with 2 or 3 occupants.

Radio broadcasts indicate police are investigating whether all three incidents are related. If you know anything, call Pelham, Tyngsboro, or Hudson Police.

Rollover on the Boulevard

Police got called to a single-vehicle rollover on Pawtucket Boulevard, across from Dunbar Avenue, tonight at 7:16 p.m.

The driver, pictured to the right talking to police in the photo below, was unhurt.  She declined to comment.

Police said she will not face charges. Officers had her license at the scene, but said they weren’t sure how old she was or where she’s from. I’ll track that down later.

Stabbing on Appleton and Arrest

Police got called almost simultaneously tonight to the Lowell Transitional Living Center, at 189 Middlesex St., and to Spring Street, for a reported stabbing at 9:37 p.m.

It turned out the stabbing occurred not on Spring Street, but in the rear of 201 Appleton St. The victim, a 34-year-old Lowell man, walked down the stairs of 201 Appleton on his own power, and appeared to be okay as he sat down on the stretcher.

A suspect was located at the shelter and was taken into custody once he was identified. He is pictured below.

He was identified as Marc Solazzo, 28, of 209 Middlesex St.

Solazzo is charged with armed home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife), and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bike seat).

Police tell me this incident had little to do with the shelter. That’s just where the suspect went after getting into a scuffle at 201 Appleton.

Pelham Robbery Arrest

Pelham Police have charged a 29-year-old Tyngsboro man, Timothy Silva, pictured below, with this robbery of Mammoth Road convenience in Pelham last week.

Police say a week-long investigation led them to Silva, who was arrested on a warrant today. Following the arrest, police got a search warrant for Silva’s vehicle and home and found firearms, clothing, and other items that were seized.

Pelham Police also said that Tyngsboro Police have questioned Silva in connection with a robbery in Tyngsboro, but provided no more information. There’s no one available to comment from Tyngsboro right now, so we’ll have to check on that tomorrow.

Route 3A Gas on Middlesex Road in Tyngsboro was also robbed last week, though.

Fire From Under The Ground

This subject might be a bit dramatic. Firefighters got called to Cobblestones downtown tonight  about 10:30 p.m., for a report of smoke in the basement.

It turns out things at Cobblestones were fine, the smoke was coming into the basement through a hole in the wall. Firefighters soon found smoke inside two manholes in the intersection of Dutton and Merrimack streets, and realized there was an electrical fire underground.

There was little firefighters could do until National Grid arrived, so firefighters and police blocked Merrimack Street at Shattuck Street, and Dutton Street at Market Street.

Crews were eventually able to put out the fire, but power was cut to the downtown block that includes the Hess Station and the Club Diner while National Grid made repairs.

Good thing this didn’t happen during afternoon traffic. As is, it didn’t seem to cause much trouble.

No word at this time of night on what caused this. I’ll have to try to find that out on Wednesday.

Pictures from Pelham Robbery

Pelham Police are investigating a robbery at the Mammoth Convenience Store, at Mammoth Road and Bowley Drive, in Pelham, that got called in tonight at 6:43 p.m.

A female clerk and two customers told police a white male with a bandana over his face, who is pictured below, walked into the store, brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash, which he escaped with. Police didn’t say how much cash he got.

The man, described as a white male with a thin build, 5’10 to 6 feet tall with dark hair, escaped in a small, dark-colored, four-door sedan that was parked on Bowley Drive.

The suspect is further described as having worn a hat with a red West Coast Choppers logo, jeans, a dark-colored long-sleeve pull-over shirt, and a multi-colored bandana over his face.

Above the man is pictured as he walked into the store.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pelham Police at 603.635.2411. In particular, police would like to speak to anyone who saw the car parked on Bowley Drive at the time of the robbery.