TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A Haverhill man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into 35 unlocked cars throughout Tewksbury.
Tewksbury Police have been investigating a string of car breaks over the last several weeks. After checking surveillance footage, police identified 23-year-old Keegan MaCrae of Haverhill as a person of interest.
Detectives made contact with MaCrae and found stolen property from the car breaks in his vehicle. He was also found with a retired Tewksbury lieutenant's police badge.
"I told my husband in the hospital they took your police badge," said Sheila Hazel. "He says, you're kidding, you're kidding. No sir. He was in shock."
MaCrae is also accused of breaking into a personal vehicle belonging to a Tewksbury police officer less than a quarter mile from the police department.
He was arrested and is facing numerous charges including 35 counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle with intent to commit a misdemeanor, 20 counts of larceny under $1,200, five counts of receiving stolen property under $1,200, possession of a dangerous weapon (double-edged machete) and possession of a Class E substance (gabapentin).