Jean-Charles Laguerre, 18, of Haverhill, was arrested in connection with automobile breaks. (Courtesy photograph.)
Two Haverhill teenagers were arrested early Wednesday morning in Groveland in connection with automobile break-ins and theft there.
Eighteen-year-old Jean-Charles Laguerre and a 16-year-old minor were arrested after being found near parked cars with sunglasses, credit cards, gift cards and change. A third teen is being sought.
It began when Officer Chris Ertsos drove to Lanen Avenue to investigate an alarm coming from an unoccupied brown Ford Explorer around 3:15 a.m. and found the it was registered to a Haverhill address. At the same time, Officer Jacob Wallace saw two males hiding behind a trailer near the South Fire Station, according to Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen
The officers, with the help of Georgetown Police and West Newbury Police, began searching the area for the two males, and noticed several cars with their doors ajar. They returned to the Explorer when its alarm began sounding again and found Laguerre within. Meanwhile, one of the other teens seen earlier was located and arrested.
Laguerre was charged with larceny under $250 and being a minor in possession of a Class D drug and taken to Newburyport District Court. The 16-year-old was charged with driving an automobile without a license, use of a car without authority, larceny under $250, breaking and entering into an automobile in the night and being a minor in possession of a Class D drug. He was taken to Essex County Juvenile Court in Lawrence.
As the day wore on, police received about 15 reports from residents reporting car break-ins.