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March 18, 2014

iPad tracker leads police to car-break suspect

GLOUCESTER — An iPad-tracking application, an exchange of data with other North Shore police departments and a lengthy police investigation have led Gloucester police to arrest a Beverly man in connection with a rash of car break-ins at the Wingaersheek Beach parking lot off Atlantic Street.

Carlos R. Marquez, 34, of 35 Mill St., Beverly, is facing a charge of larceny of more than $250.

But Gloucester Police noted that he is a suspect in similar break-ins in Manchester and that he was recently arrested in Hamilton. The investigation in Gloucester remains open and active to determine if Marquez may be connected to other car break-ins, Lt. Joseph Fitzgerald said Friday.

In the affidavit for the search warrant, Fitzgerald wrote that Marquez has 45 adult arraignments, including breaking and entering charges, larceny charges and receiving stolen property.

Marquez was arraigned Friday in Salem on the charges stemming from the breaks in Manchester.

According to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Marquez was issued bail of $300, with a pretrial hearing set for May 19. His court-appointed attorney, James Craig of Peabody, declined to comment on the case Monday.

Fitzgerald said Marquez was arrested on the Gloucester charges at his Beverly home last week and charged with larceny of more than $250 and destruction of property. Marquez was arrested in Hamilton on Feb. 27 and charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, stealing credit cards, larceny, and receiving stolen property greater than $250, according to Hamilton police Sgt. Steve Trepanier.

Hamilton police are still investigating whether Marquez is connected to similar incidents in town.

“It’s a very similar M.O.” he said.

Throughout February and March, and even dating back to one incident in November, Wingaersheek Beach parking lot has been subject to various motor vehicle break-ins and thefts. While beaches may not be on the minds of tourists over the winter, area residents often visit local beaches — especially Wingaersheek, Good Harbor and Manchester’s Singing Beach, for dog-walking and jogging.

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