SALEM, N.H. -- Two Lowell men and three juveniles who may have been breaking into cars were arrested at the Mall at Rockingham Park Wednesday evening after a chase through the parking lot.
According to Salem Police, Officer Nick Turner attempted to stop a car, reported stolen out of Massachusetts, near the mall shortly before 6:30 p.m.
The driver, 19-year-old Elvin Alvarez of Lowell, allegedly tried to drive away before ditching the car in the Macy's parking lot.
The five people in the car then tried to run away, according to a statement from police. Three were arrested after a brief foot chase, and police later found the other two elsewhere in the parking lot.
Alvarez was charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property, as well as reckless operation, reckless conduct, possession of marijuana, transporting drugs in a motor vehicle, disobeying a police officer and operating without a valid license.
He refused bail and was transported to the Rockingham County jail pending arraignment.
A passenger, Chris Martinez-Mendez, 17, of Lowell, was charged with resisting arrested and released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
The juveniles, two who were 16 and one who was 15, were also charged with resisting arrest. All three were released to parents pending juvenile petitions to court.
Witnesses told police the suspects may have been trying to break into cars. Salem Police are asking anyone whose car was broken into at the mall yesterday to contact Turner at (603) 893-1911.
The stolen car was towed from the mall.
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