BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — BEVERLY — A couple suspected by police of breaking into a Beverly home and stealing a laptop computer, a wallet and the keys to a Ford SUV, which they then drove to Pennsylvania, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of receiving stolen property.
The pair, Richard Card, 25, of Nashua, N.H., and Jamie Lee Primus, 24, of 59 Federal St., Apt. 2, Beverly, were arrested last month on Interstate 78 in Williams Township, Pa., after the stolen Ford Escape was spotted by a state trooper there.
On Tuesday, Beverly police Detective Darlene Prinz and Patrolman Bill Barror made the trip to Pennsylvania to pick up the pair.
Prosecutor Mark Byron said in court that the victim, a Lothrop Street resident, told police that her burglar alarm went off around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 27. She reset it and went back to bed.
The following morning, the woman discovered that a door was ajar and that her laptop and wallet, as well as her roommate’s SUV, were gone.
Beverly police followed a trail of muddy footprints through the house to a basement window, where they believe the burglar broke in.
Later that day, around 6 p.m., a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police called, having found the SUV on the side of the highway. When the trooper ran the license plate, he learned it was stolen, according to a report of the arrest in The Express-Times in Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Beverly detectives later discovered that the victim’s credit cards had been used in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania before their arrest.
The pair have been in custody on $50,000 bail in Pennsylvania since their arrest.
Yesterday, Judge Robert Brennan set bail for both at $25,000 each, an amount neither is expected to make.
They are currently charged only with being in possession of the stolen items, but the investigation is continuing into whether they can be linked to the burglary, as well.
Primus was also wanted on domestic assault and shoplifting charges from October and November, respectively. Byron told the judge that after she learned that prosecutors were seeking bail in her case in November, she fled the courthouse.
The two are due back in court on March 4.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.