Margarita Sanchez with defense attorney Doug ParigianSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our Smugmug site.
Margarita Sanchez with defense attorney Doug Parigian

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LOWELL -- A 45-year-old Lowell man and a 20-year-old woman were ordered held on bail Monday after they pleaded not guilty to a bevy of larceny charges after being arrested allegedly attempting to break into cars at the YMCA parking lot in Lowell.

James J. Wood Jr., 45, who says he is homeless, pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court to cases with the following charges: breaking and entering a motor vehicle (five counts), receiving stolen property (three counts), larceny over $250, and municipal ordinance violation -- folding knives (two counts).

Margarita Sanchez, 20, of 35 Orchard St., Apt. 1, Lawrence, pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property.

Judge Elizabeth Cremens ordered Wood, who has a four-page record which includes an armed-robbery conviction, held on $1,000 cash bail, while Sanchez was ordered held on $200 cash bail.

Lowell police allege in court documents that at 3:33 p.m. Sunday, Lowell police responded to the YMCA parking lot on YMCA Drive for a report of a car being broken into.

The caller said he told police he saw two suspicious people walking around the parking lot checking door handles. Moments later the witness told police he saw two people walking out of the parking lot and saw the window of a silver SUV was broken.

In searching the area, police found two people standing in the middle of the South Common playground equipment, less than a block from the YMCA.

As an officer approached the couple, they asked, "What do you want?'' and then they took off running. Multiple cruisers responded to the area, arresting Sanchez, then Wood.

Police allege Sanchez became argumentative with police, referring to them as "pigs'' and blaming the broken car window on her friend.

While booking the suspects, police said they found on Wood a Bank of America credit card in a woman's name, several gold necklaces, and a $20 bill. Police said that on Sanchez they found a Charlie Card, a Hello Kitty Ipod and an Advil bottle.

At the playground, police said they found the property of the woman who owned the Bank of America credit card: a Hello Kitty pocketbook, notes, papers and her driver's license.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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