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April 16, 2014

New unit helps arrest burglary suspect

BEVERLY — Police quickly tracked down and arrested a suspected burglar with the help of the department’s newly established community impact unit, police Chief John LeLacheur said.

The victim flagged down officer Justin Zwicker on Monday at 12:28 p.m. and told him items had been stolen from his vehicle at Tedeschi Food Store at 52 Cabot St.

Zwicker and officer William Barror got a good description of the suspect by viewing video from the store’s security cameras, LeLacheur said. Officer Michael Henebury, a member of the department’s new community impact unit, then went to the area and found a person matching the description.

After an investigation, police arrested David Fragoza, 28, of Beverly and charged him with breaking and entering in the daytime and larceny over $250. Police recovered a computer tablet and cellphone that had been stolen.

LeLacheur said one of the reasons he established the community impact unit was to deal with a growing problem of thefts from cars.

“So far, the CIU has been very successful, and we are asking members of the public to bring problems they see to our attention,” he said.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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