By Dave Rogers
---- — AMESBURY — Five dollars worth of aluminum cans may result in jail time for two men accused of breaking into a Railroad Avenue scrap metal yard Monday night.
Andrew R. Crooks, 22, 10 Davis Court, Amesbury, and Kyle Cote, 23, 24 Batchelder Road, No. 113, Seabrook, were arraigned yesterday in Newburyport District Court on charges of nighttime breaking and entering to commit a felony and larceny from a building. Judge Harry McCabe ordered Crooks held on $250 bail while Cote was released on personal recognizance.
In May, Crooks and Cote were charged with larceny under $250 after trying to steal CDs and DVDs from the Amesbury Public Library on Main Street. Two librarians were able to catch the suspects in the act and contacted police, who arrested them minutes later.
Crooks and Cote are due back in court on Aug. 22 for pretrial hearings related to both incidents.
According to a report by police officer Kevin Mulrenin, who was parked at the Elm Street Cumberland Farms around 9:30 p.m., a man walking his dog reported hearing strange noises from within scrap metal dealer N.A. Nichols on Railroad Avenue and a beat-up Nissan Altima parked next to the nearby Durasol building.
Upon a sweep of the area, Mulrenin and officer Denis Champagne Jr. heard a loud clanging of cans and other objects. They then saw Crooks running down Washington Street near Chestnut Street carrying a large trash bag. When he reached Chestnut Street, Crooks noticed the officers, tossed the bag away and began walking in the other direction. Police called out to Crooks and ordered him to halt. The suspect then admitted to police that he and Cote, who was inside the Altima, had broken into the scrap metal business and stolen what was later valued at $5 worth of aluminum cans.
A check of the area showed the Altima was gone. Police later found the empty car by Busy Bee Pizza on Market Street, where cans and gloves were seen inside the car. Cote was spotted by officer Scott Peters shortly before 11 p.m. walking on Friend Street toward Whitehall Road. Cote arrested him without incident, according to Mulrenin’s report.
Upon the booking process, Crooks admitted that he and Cote were also responsible for three other burglaries over recent weeks including two in Salisbury (Elm Street and Bartlett Street) and one in Amesbury (Orchard Court). Cote denied any involvement and remained uncooperative the entire time, according to officer Matthew Cunningham’s report.