SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 16, 2013

Suspect arrested in Peabody break-in

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — PEABODY — Police say a King Street home was robbed of multiple items — including $5,000 in jewelry — during a burglary this week, but an arrest was made yesterday and many of the items have already been recovered.

Daniel Luz, 35, of 211 Lynn St., Peabody, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, larceny of property over $250, and destruction of property over $250, Lt. William Cook said.

Police first received a report of the break-in at 3:32 p.m. Thursday from a woman who said it had occurred at some point after 6 a.m. that day. She said she would wait outside for police to arrive.

“She stated that one item was missing, and a few items have been moved,” an officer wrote in the incident log.

But when police got there, they determined that the woman was missing far more than one item — the total list included the jewelry, a wallet with $60 in cash and a credit card, an Apple laptop worth $1,500, two pairs of boots, two perfumes, a phone charger, and 500 checks.

Police said there were signs of forced entry to the rear basement door of the building — and that the stolen credit card had already been used twice at Walmart in Salem.

Less than a half-hour after police arrived, an officer discovered that items had been stolen from a porch at the residence next door, according to the log. Three pairs of shoes worth $250 were stolen from an unlocked hallway at that location, where police said there were no signs of forced entry.

Cook said officers tackled the burglary during the day shift on Friday and that Luz emerged as a suspect early in the investigation.

“They worked on it all day,” he said.

Cook said Luz was arrested at 11 Tanners Court, where many of the items were retrieved. Luz’s connection to that address is unclear, although The Salem News previously reported that he was arrested there on a charge of trespassing this past Wednesday.

Luz has been arrested before on multiple charges, Cook said.