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June 17, 2014

Haverhill man sentenced in car breaks

Pair hired taxi to take them to W. Newbury, Merrimac for thefts

NEWBURYPORT — A Haverhill man sentenced to a year in jail Friday for breaking into dozens of cars in West Newbury and Merrimac last fall admitted he and his accomplice hired a taxi cab to drive them to their targets, according to police records.

Justice Holmes, 18, pleaded guilty to 41 counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering; four counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering of a vehicle, larceny under $250 and malicious destruction of property more than $250. In all, Holmes was sentenced to a year in jail with 180 days to be served, the balance suspended for two years. He was given credit for 166 days already served and ordered to pay $90 in fines.

According to police reports, Holmes and his accomplice first visited Merrimac in September 2013 and broke into at least 22 cars parked on Chase Crescent, West Parish Lane, Noyes Lane and other nearby streets.

Merrimac police officer Steven A. Ringuette reported that a credit card reported stolen was used by two men at a CVS Pharmacy, Market Basket, Kohl’s department store and other retail locations in Plaistow, N.H. Video surveillance captured at Kohl’s showed two men purchasing items using the stolen credit card. Images of the video were shown to police departments in surrounding towns.

A Haverhill police detective called Ringuette to say he knew the two men in the video and identified them as Holmes and Cameron Waller, both of Haverhill. Fingerprints taken off one of the cars confirmed that one of the men involved was Waller.

After being picked up by Haverhill police, Waller admitted they hired a Haverhill-based cab company to drive them to Merrimac, where they broke into dozens of cars and stole iPhones, cash, credit cards and other items.

“When they were done, they were picked up by Family Cab again on Route 110,” Ringuette wrote in his report.

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