CHELMSFORD -- Police are seeking a Lowell man in connection to a burglary from last month after officials reportedly found the man's apartment keys at the scene of a crime.
Joel Nieves, 28, now has a warrant out by Chelmsford Police on charges of armed burglary.
On June 28, police responded to Littleton Road where a resident said he came home from a day away and found his sliding glass door opened. As the resident called 911, a suspect approached and threatened to kill the caller. The resident swung a flashlight at the suspect, who then fled the home.
Police found multiple items in a black backpack they believe the suspect returned to retrieve. Inside the bag were items which appeared to have been stolen including baseball cards, an iPad, a digital camera, a high school class ring and a baseball signed by Nomar Garciaparra. Police also found a set of keys in the backpack which did not belong to the resident.
A Chelmsford Police detective consulted with a local locksmith who determined some of the found keys were for an apartment complex in Lowell. Police say Nieves lives there.
Authorities say Nieves is a "career criminal" with an extensive record which includes a history of home invasions and breaking and entering. Chelmsford Police said they are seeking Nieves for connection to this incident especially since he was recently arrested by Lowell Police for multiple larceny warrants.
Police also interviewed a woman living at the matching apartment complex who said she is the mother of Nieves' child. She said the man sometimes stays at her apartment and his name was visible on the mailbox for that home.
Police at this time do not have Nieves in custody.
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