Sgt. David Arathuzik called in the state police and Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 units, which started tracking the suspects. Stoney was apprehended immediately.
At 5:15 a.m., some suspects were spotted at the back of Memorial Hall, Middleton’s town hall, at the intersection of routes 114 and 62. They fled, but a short time later, state police apprehended Campbell and Maffeo with the police dog in a cow pasture behind Richardson’s Ice Cream, less than a mile south of Memorial Hall.
The suspects suffered minor injuries from dog bites, Peachey said. Two of the suspects were treated at the hospital, delaying their arraignment until yesterday afternoon.
A warrant was sought for a fourth suspect, who is a young man, Peachey said.
How did police know they had been breaking into cars?
“When they were apprehended, they had a lot of other people’s items in their backpacks,” Peachey said.
As the morning wore on, car break victims living on side streets off Maple Street began calling police, who were able to match items found in the suspects’ backpacks — including cellphones, iPods and cameras — to the callers.
The case may also have implications in Danvers.
“Danvers will be reaching out to them (Middleton police), because we have had a lot of car breaks recently,” said Danvers Sgt. Robert Bettencourt. Danvers has had 33 vehicle break-ins, mostly from unlocked cars at residential locations, since June 1.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.