By David Rogers
---- — WEST NEWBURY — Caught on camera breaking into his girlfriend’s parents’ house earlier this year, a Haverhill man decided to steal the camera with the hope of pawning it. Before he could pawn the roughly $400 hunter camera, his girlfriend approached police, who filed charged against him last week, according to police.
On April 1, Robert Abate, 29, of 21G Forest Acres Drive, was charged with three counts of breaking and entering and receiving stolen property more than $250.
Upon confessing to his girlfriend that he had broken into her parents’ house, not once, but three times since January, Abate checked himself into a drug rehabilitation facility where he remains, according to West Newbury police Sgt. Jeffrey Durand.
“He’ll get picked up eventually,” Durand said.
It is believed Abate also stole a $300 iPod and two necklaces worth about $500 each.
Abate had been staying with his girlfriend, who lives in a separate in-law apartment adjacent to her parents’ house. On two previous occasions, Abate picked a lock between the two residences and rifled through her parents’ possessions. Noticing items were missing, the victims installed a hunter’s monitoring camera inside their house. Breaking into the house a third time, Abate noticed the camera and decided to pilfer it, according to Durand, who added the suspect is known to police.
It is unknown whether the suspect knew the camera was recording his activities when he allegedly decided to steal it.
Durand said Abate sold the necklaces to a Georgetown pawn shop, which had already sent them to a New York business that melts jewelry down. The whereabouts of the iPod is unknown.