, Salem, MA

June 27, 2013

Lynn arrest yields Swampscott break-in suspect

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — Police say the man responsible for a Crescent Street break-in Tuesday was caught later in the day when Lynn police arrested him on an unrelated charge and found stolen material in his car.

Donald Wiswall, 49, of 34 Broad St., Apt. 38, will be charged by Swampscott police with several counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and stolen property under $250, according to a press release from Detective Sgt. Timothy P. Cassidy.

The investigation began on Tuesday, when a Crescent Street resident returned home to find that his house had been broken into.

“The victim observed the side door window had been smashed and his home ransacked,” Cassidy wrote. “The victim also reported that his laptop computer was missing along with some personal items, including his passport.”

Later in the day, Lynn police arrested Wiswall “on an unrelated incident” and during his arrest found a passport and paperwork that belonged to somebody in Swampscott, Cassidy wrote.

“Those Lynn officers called the Swampscott victim not knowing that his house had been broken into earlier in the day and that victim then contacted the Swampscott Police Department,” Cassidy wrote.

Yesterday, Swampscott police executed a search warrant for Wiswall’s apartment in conjunction with Lynn detectives and found other items allegedly taken during the break-in, including the computer and a camera.

Police say Wiswall might face additional charges. He was held on bail at his arraignment in Lynn District Court yesterday.

No further information was available last night, and Lynn police declined to say why Wiswall was arrested in their city.