DRACUT — A Lowell man on Wednesday was charged with stealing a vehicle and multiple counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, police said.
Richard Chep, 23, of 101 Chapel St., Lowell, led police on a foot chase before his arrest. He was transported to Lowell District Court Thursday morning for arraignment, said Deputy Chief David J. Chartrand.
At about 9:30 p.m., police received a call reporting a stolen vehicle. A resident of Lakeview Avenue told an officer that he saw his truck backing out of his driveway and before that had observed a male there.
“As he (the officer) was taking that report, we got an additional call from a resident in another neighborhood saying a woman (a resident on Wyman Road) had observed a male break into her vehicle and now he was entering a pickup truck,” Chartrand said. “We knew at that point that it probably involved the same suspect.”
Multiple officers responded to the area, including School Resource Officer Eric Koukos who was on duty nearby at the telethon being held at Dracut High School, according to a release.
The suspect later identified as Chep was chased by a local resident and police before being apprehended.
Chartrand said Chep was found in possession of numerous stolen items from multiple vehicle in the neighborhood.
“All responding officers did a great job to help facilitate a successful apprehension,” he said in the release.
Chep is being charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, multiple counts of breaking/entering a motor vehicle, and multiple counts of larceny both felony and misdemeanor, according to the release.
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