Two men plead guilty to multiple robberies, break-ins in Mass., N.H. – Lowell Sun

                    GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.                 <br>X                   <br>WOBURN — Two area men have pleaded guilty to multiple charges in connection with several burglaries and break-ins across 11 Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced Tuesday.<br>The crimes occurred between Nov. 22, 2019, and Jan. 27, 2020, and ultimately led investigators to a Tyngsboro storage unit where thousands of dollars in stolen items were stored, according to a press release from Ryan’s office.<br>Gabriel Estuardo Rojas, 28, of Methuen, pleaded guilty to four counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of receiving stolen goods over $1,200, receiving stolen property, possession of burglarious instruments and conspiracy. He was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison, followed by two years of probation.<br>Manuel Jose Lopez, 24, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty to three counts of unarmed burglary, breaking and entering a building in the daytime, two counts of receiving stolen goods over $1,200, receiving stolen property, possession of burglarious instruments and conspiracy. He was sentenced to three to four years in state prison, followed by two years of probation.<br>The convictions come following a 15-month long investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in partnership with Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the office, the New England State Police Information Network, the U.S. Secret Service and 26 local police departments.<br>Massachusetts police departments involved included Andover, Belmont, Boston, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Haverhill, Lawrence, Malden, Methuen, Natick, Needham, Newton, Sharon, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston, Westford and Wilmington. New Hampshire police departments involved included Nashua, Pelham, Salem and Windham.<br>According to the press release, on Dec. 12, 2019, Pelham Police detectives and patrol units responded to a daytime burglary in progress at a home on Longpond Drive in that community. Before officers arrived, the suspects fled into a wooded area close to the border with Massachusetts.<br>Following the report, detectives shared information on the case with multiple agencies experiencing similar burglaries in both states. In the subsequent investigation, detectives were able to identify surveillance videos and records that linked the defendants to several burglaries.<br>Police executed search warrants at the defendants’ residences, where they recovered clothing, tools, a rented SUV believed to have been used in the burglaries and the defendants’ cellphones. Numerous articles of stolen property were also recovered from Rojas’s apartment.<br>In a search of the defendants’ cellphones, detectives found messages between them and others alleged to be related to a wide-ranging burglary conspiracy. After obtaining search warrants from the Superior Court to analyze location data from the phones, investigators were able to establish that one or both of the defendants’ cellphones communicated with cell towers close to the break-ins at the time the incidents are believed to have occurred, often traveling from the areas of the defendants’ homes to the sites of the crimes.<br>Nashua Police arrested Rojas on May 21, 2020, and charged him with being in possession of a stolen motorcycle. Following his arrest, investigators identified a self-storage unit Rojas rented in Tyngsboro and executed a search warrant July 16, 2020.<br>Among the items recovered were three motorcycles stolen in May and June 2020, about $5,000 of stolen Snap-On tools and other suspected stolen property.<br>Middlesex Assistant District Attorneys Graham Van Epps and Doug Cannon are the prosecutors assigned to the case.<br><br><a href="">source</a>
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