Tonight at 9:28 p.m., Dracut Police asked surrounding towns to be on the lookout for a red, 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had just been stolen from Dracut High School.
About five minutes later, police radio broadcasts revealed the Jeep wasn’t just stolen – it was stolen at gunpoint.
Police are now searching for the red Jeep, with Massachusetts License Plate 581GK1. It was last seen heading inbound on Lakeview Avenue, toward Lowell, immediately after the theft.
Police radio broadcasts indicate there are two Hispanic males, a Hispanic female, and a black male involved in the theft. Police have been warned that there should be a firearm in the vehicle.
That’s all I have now. Officers and the shift commander are working on the investigation. I have a call into the deputy chief, but it’s very early in the investigation so I don’t expect much information quite yet. I’ll update as soon as I know more.
UPDATE: Police just recovered the Jeep in the area of 20 Patricia Lane at 10:30 p.m.
UPDATE: From what I’m hearing the victim here was not injured, and was probably not a student. It’s school vacation week, for one thing, and Deputy Chartrand told me police are investigating whether this was a drug deal gone bad. All details are preliminary.
The deputy is going to send me an upate on this on Wednesday.
Anyone who spots the vehicle should call your local police department immediately. If you have other information regarding this incident call Dracut Police at 978.957.2123.