NEWBURYPORT – A Somerville man with more than a dozen breaking-and-entering charges on his criminal record was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment Thursday in Newburyport District Court for allegedly breaking into a Rowley home earlier this month.
Christopher G. Carreiro, 36, of 34 Florence St., No. 1, was arrested by Rowley police without incident at his home Wednesday night. Assisting local police were officers from Somerville and Georgetown. Carreiro faces a single count of receiving stolen property over $1,200.
About 12 hours later, a handcuffed Carreiro listened in court as Essex County prosecutor Michelle Rowland argued he should be held on $15,000 cash bail based on a lengthy record of past convictions and jail sentences for related crimes.
Rowland described how Carreiro broke into a home on Haverhill Road in Rowley on Aug. 5 and stole almost $2,000 in cash and several pieces of jewelry. He later sold the jewelry at Boston area pawn shops and likely used the cash to buy drugs, she said.
The prosecutor also described an encounter with a Rowley resident who saw Carreiro in the man’s backyard, apparently casing his Newburyport Turnpike home.
Carreiro’s attorney, Janine Lepore, asked for $1,500 bail, arguing that he doesn’t fit the description given to police by the man who saw him in the backyard. And while Lepore admitted Carreiro pawned jewelry that was reported stolen, that didn’t prove he stole the items.
Judge Peter Doyle reduced Rowland’s bail to $10,000.
If Carreiro posts bail, he must stay away from his alleged victims and the witness who saw him in his backyard. He is due back in court Sept. 12 for a pretrial hearing.
The Haverhill Road couple left left their home between 1 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 5, according to a police report. When they returned, the couple discovered several pieces of jewelry and cash were missing. Police found no signs of forced entry.
Hours earlier, the Newburyport Turnpike resident saw Carreiro in his backyard and the rear sliding glass door slightly ajar.
“At this time, (the witness) confronted the man in the backyard who stated his name was ‘John’ and he was a landscaper working in the area and was scoping out new potential clients,” Rowley Detective Robert Adams wrote in his report.
Carreiro got back in his pickup, which he had parked in the witness’s driveway, and drove off. The witness got Carreiro’s license plate number and called police.
Police later showed a photo of Carreiro to the witness, who confirmed the man in the photo was the same man he spotted in his backyard, Adams added.
When Doyle asked Carreiro if he were a landscaper, he nodded his head. But Lepore said Carreiro was an out-of-work contractor, not a landscaper.
Based on the two incidents, Adams began checking pawn shop lists throughout the region and eventually saw Carreiro on a list from an Everett shop. An image of the items Carreiro pawned there matched items reported stolen from the Haverhill Road home.
Adams then spoke to Somerville police, who told him Carreiro was a known opiate user and recently overdosed. A check of Carreiro’s record showed more than 12 breaking-and-entering and receiving stolen property arraignments, along with several convictions that resulted in years of jail time.
“At this time he is also a suspect in several other jurisdictions for similar crimes,” Adams wrote in his report.
Rowley police Chief Scott Dumas commended his officers for their diligence and the witness who contacted police.
“Communication and cooperation are the key to our success, with this being a solid example. This matter could not have been resolved without the timely reporting from our citizens, allowing us to make connections to otherwise seemingly unrelated events,” Dumas said.
Anyone with information on this crime, or other similar incidents, is urged to contact Detective Robert Adams of the Rowley Police Department at 978-948-7644.
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