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October 16, 2013

Four charged in break at Danvers light department

DANVERS — Four people have been charged with breaking into the Danvers Electric Light plant early Monday, a burglary thwarted by an alarm and a nearby resident who overheard the four discussing their plans and called 911.

Two of the suspects, including a man who was just put on federal parole last month after serving a 40-month term for gun and drug charges, are being held on bail. Two others are free on the condition that they stay away from the Burroughs Road facility while the case is pending, following their arraignments yesterday in Salem District Court.

Ronald Cairne, 24, of Lynn, was ordered held on $20,000 bail at the request of a prosecutor. Kimberly Gregware, 39, of Lynn, a former Marblehead businesswoman, was ordered held on $2,000 bail by Judge Matthew Nestor. Gregware is also facing drug possession charges after pills were found in her Subaru.

Two others, Katelyn O’Neil, 19, of Rochester, N.H., and Kenneth Smith, 19, of Seabrook, N.H., were released on personal recognizance.

Prosecutor Lindsay Shaheen said police responding to an alarm saw two men inside the locked gates of the municipal electric plant. The men scrambled back over the fence and ran when they saw police.

One of the men, Smith, was found hiding behind a tree on the grounds of the Peabody Institute Library, Shaheen said. He allegedly confessed, “I was stupid. I made a mistake,” and said he needed the money.

Police then stopped a green Subaru that a nearby resident had seen leaving the area, and said O’Neil, Smith’s girlfriend, also immediately made a statement admitting involvement.

Police found burglary tools in the Subaru, including a crow bar and wire snips, as well as an iPhone running an app that plays police broadcasts and a portable police radio scanner tuned to the Danvers police frequency, Shaheen told the judge.

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