BEVERLY — Henry Espinola of 34 Broadway St. was arrested Tuesday after police said he stole a 42-inch TV from the apartment where he was staying on Monday and then ran from them.
Espinola, 46, stole the TV, speakers and a cable box from the day room of an apartment complex at 501 Manor Road, police said. Officers Justin Zwicker and Gary Little identified him on surveillance footage taking the items and discovered that he was illegally staying with Maureen Geddis, 68, on Manor Road without being on the lease or paying rent.
Espinola evaded police Monday by refusing to answer the door of the apartment, though officers said they saw him lock the deadbolt. An apartment complex official alerted police that Espinola had escaped from the back by leaping from the second-floor fire escape and running toward Beverly Golf and Tennis. In jumping, he also tore the conduit, valued at approximately $200, from the side of the building.
Meanwhile, police said, Geddis gave verbal consent over the phone to have her apartment searched, but she didn’t show up. When called back, she related that she was “getting something to eat in Beverly,” but officers said she was with Espinola at the time.
When police searched the residence, they found two TVs in plain sight and two hidden — one under the bed and one in the hallway closet with what appeared to be Espinola’s personal possessions, of which Geddis claimed she had no prior knowledge.
When police located her sitting in her car outside the apartment, Geddis insisted that she had no idea where Espinola was, that they were just friends, and that he was staying on the couch. Inside the apartment, Espinola called Geddis “constantly,” but police said she refused to let officers speak to him. When she answered one of his calls, she began swearing and arguing with him, before finally handing the phone to an officer.