DRACUT -- A resident's 911 call about a suspicious vehicle whose occupants appeared to be checking out houses in a Dracut neighborhood led to two arrests and the recovery of valuables reported stolen from a residence, police said.
Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dracut police responded to a call about a suspicious red vehicle cruising in the area of Cranberry and Lexington roads, according to Deputy Chief David Chartrand.
"The caller reported the car's occupants were checking out different houses in the neighborhood," Chartrand said.
Officers quickly located and stopped the vehicle, identifying its occupants as Nicole Cardelle, 22, of 12 Indian Hill Road, Dracut, and Shaquille Shepard, 20, of 24 Second St., Lowell.
A records check found the driver, Cardelle, had a suspended license.
"There was a backpack in the vehicle that neither occupant claimed ownership of," Chartrand said. "The caller had noticed Shepard had approached a particular house on Cranberry Road. The owner of that home was contacted by police and responded to the scene. Numerous items within the backpack, including laptops and jewelry, were identified as coming from their home, which was unoccupied at the time of the theft."
Cardelle was arrested and charged with operating after suspension and receiving stolen property over $250.
Shepard was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $250 subsequent offense.
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