DURAN MCNEILCOURTESY/PELHAM POLICE
DURAN MCNEIL COURTESY/PELHAM POLICE

PELHAM -- A Lowell man was charged with burglarizing several vehicles Wednesday after a stolen purse was allegedly found inside his disabled vehicle.

Duran McNeil, 30, of Lowell, was charged with loitering or prowling, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, possession of drugs and driving after revocation or suspension.

Pelham police were called to Kopers Lane at approximated 7:35 p.m. for a report of two vehicles burglarized within the last 30 minutes. They received a call shortly after advising that additional cars on Indian Valley Road had also been burglarized.

As officers began checking the area, an unoccupied disabled vehicle was discovered on Old Gage Hill Road with its hazard lights flashing. McNeil was observed walking toward the vehicle and was asked to identify himself.

McNeil initially stated he was walking from Salem and he knew nothing about the disabled vehicle. Upon checking the vehicle registration, the address of the vehicle owner was the same address McNeil had given the officer upon identifying himself. A second officer arrived on scene and when looking inside the vehicle from the street side, the officer observed multiple bags of loose change, a green purse and some power tools.

A call was made to a third officer who was at a victim's residence on Kopers Lane taking a report. The victim on Kopers Lane confirmed that a green purse was stolen from their vehicle.

When confronted with this information, McNeil's story changed several times and he subsequently admitted that he broke into several cars in the area and was attempting to flee the area when he saw the officer.

McNeil was arraigned at the 10th Circuit Court District Division Salem Thursday morning. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.