CONCORD – Three Massachusetts residents are under arrest, accused of breaking into five houses Tuesday.
And police arrested two homeless men on burglary charges, saying they were caught in the act of stripping metal out of an abandoned building.
The investigation into the series of residential burglaries began about 11 a.m. Tuesday when a neighbor called police about a burglary in progress on Allison Street The caller, who said his neighbor was not home, reported a white man running from behind the house. Police did not find the man, but they discovered a door to the home was forced open.
About an hour later, an investigator with the Merrimack County Attorney's Office saw a car matching the description broadcast by police of the vehicle seen leaving the burglary scene.
Police stopped that vehicle and identified three people inside it: Robert C. Cappela, 24, of New Fletcher Street, Chelmsford, Mass., Brandon D. Seeley, 25, of Lowell Street, Malden, Mass., and Nicole Taylor, 39, of Thoreau Street, Billerica, Mass. Several bags, boxes, jewelry and computers were in plain view inside the car, police said.
As the three were being detained, another burglary was reported on Pillsbury Street, with similar circumstances to the Allison Street burglary. Over the next four to five hours, police said three other burglaries were reported, two on Broadway and one on Norwich Street.
Detectives and officers were able to establish probable cause to arrest all three for their part in all five burglaries.
Seeley is charged with four counts of burglary, attempt to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and receiving stolen property. Cappela is under arrest on five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, five counts of criminal liability for the conduct of another, and receiving stolen property. Taylor is charged with receiving stolen property and five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Two other men, both homeless, were arrested Tuesday morning for breaking into an abandoned building to strip it of metal, according to police.
Manual Vazquez, 59, and David Anderson, 22, are each charged with one count of burglary.
About 10 a.m. Tuesday, two officers on bicycle patrol in the area of Storrs Street near the railroad tracks responded to a report of two men inside an abandoned building, possibly stripping metal. The building is privately owned and posted with "No Trespassing" signs.
As the officers neared the building, they heard the sound of someone pounding against metal and saw what appeared to be scrap metal being thrown out a second-story window. Other officers were called, and two men were found inside the building and identified by police as Vazquez and Anderson. They were arrested and charged with burglary.
What's next: All five were expected to be arraigned Wednesday in 6th Circuit Court, Concord District Division.