HAVERHILL — A Haverhill man was arrested in Groveland and charged with breaking into a home and then stashing the stolen goods in a home next door where he was staying.
Police said the man told them he has a “very bad crack cocaine problem” and that he “only becomes bad when he is on drugs.” Police said the daughter of a woman living in the home next-door said she discovered several items in the house that did not belong there. They were stolen from the other house, police said.
Mark Nici, 44, of 63 Kathy Drive, Haverhill, was arrested Wednesday in Groveland after an investigation into a house break that occurred a short time earlier at a home on Gardner Street. Police said the break happened sometime between 9:30 a.m., when an electrician who stopped by the home to speak to the owner saw Nici in the back yard, as did a neighbor, and about 10:15 a.m., when one of the home’s residents returned.
Groveland Detective James Morton, who investigated the break with the help of Patrolmen Eric Gorski and Josh Sindoni, said in his report that Nici was an inmate at Middleton jail when Morton worked there as a correctional officer. Morton said he remembered Nici had a long criminal record that included “96 entries.”
Police said that after entering the Gardner Street home through a window, Nici stole two 42-inch LCD TVs, two Sony Playstation video game consoles, and various pieces of jewelry including a $1,200 bracelet, a $4,000 gold necklace and a $1,200 wristwatch. Investigators found pry marks on a rear door, which they believe Nici used to exit the home with the stolen items.
Police said Nici also took a pillowcase from the home and used it to carry out smaller items he took. He also took a sheet from a bed, police said, and used it to cover one of the two flat screen TVs that he stashed behind a couch in the apartment he was living in next door with his girlfriend.