AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn Police arrested two men for allegedly breaking and entering into a house on Thursday, but it took a police chase to get the suspects into handcuffs, according to Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Lourie.
On Sept. 13 at 1 p.m., the Auburn Police Department received a call from a witness, saying that a house on Millbury Street was broken into. The police located the alleged suspect’s vehicle and attempted to pull it over; however, the vehicle sped away and a pursuit ensued.
The vehicle stopped next to the Dunkin Donuts on Southbridge Street, and the passenger, Wayne Edward Bedard, fled on foot to Everybodys Fitness Center, where he was arrested by the police officer, Lourie said.
The vehicle’s driver, Marc P. Hickey, continued driving until the Worcester line on Southbridge Street, where he was arrested, Lourie said. The officers found stolen property in the vehicle, including a flat screen TV, Playstation, tools and other items.
Bedard, 45, of 1 Buckley Dr., Apt. 28 of the Auburn Motel, was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, receiving stolen property of over $250, larceny over $250, larceny from a building, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
Hickey, 39, of 1075 Main St. in Leicester, was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, receiving stolen property of over $250, larceny over $250, larceny from a building, failure to stop for a police officer and operating without a license.
Both men were held overnight and arraigned at Central District Court this morning.
Since the beginning of August, there have been 13 residential breaking and entering cases in the daytime hours, according to Lourie. They have happened all around town, including Millbury Street, South Street, Jerome Avenue and Rochdale Street.
Lourie said so far there has been no connection between the incidents, but he said the Auburn Police continue to work the cases, trying to find out if there is a link between them.
He encourages residents to call the Auburn Police Department at 508-832-7777 whenever there is suspicious activity around town.