Wilmington Man Arrested Again for Homebreaks

Number of charges against Andrew Mondi grows to five after homebreaks in Methuen and Salem, N.H.

After weeks of surveillance, the in town was arrested on Wednesday once again for similar crimes in Methuen and Salem, N.H.

Police said Andrew Mondi, 25, of 37 Blanchard Road, was confronted by a Methuen homeowner before he fled the scene. Police followed Mondi into Boston and eventually into Charlestown where he pawned several of the stolen items, likely in exchange for drugs, said police.

The police surveillance continued into Everett, where Mondi pawned more of the stolen items. Police arrested him there and the Methuen homeowner positively identified Mondi as well as several pieces of jewelry he had in his pocket.

“We’ve been closely watching him,” said Wilmington Detective Pat Nally, who interviewed Mondi following his arrest in Everett. “I would expect charges out of other towns. How many, I’m not sure. There will likely be probable cause in at least two or three other towns.”

In the previous break-ins, Mondi was targeting flat screen televisions and other electronics, according to police.

There was a reported homebreak Tuesday on Cleveland Avenue in Wilmington. On Wednesday, a resident arrived home to 4th Avenue and found a male in her home. Police said that Mondi is not suspected in either of the incidents, and that the investigation continues in both cases.

Lt. Chris Neville was heavily involved in the surveillance up until he . Neville said he hopes the District Attorney’s office will request a significant bail to prevent his release.

“It’s pretty evident that he will recommit,” said Neville.

Nally said Mondi was not considered a threat to the community because he was targeting homes where residents were not home, and was not looking for a confrontation.

“He’s not a bad kid,” said Nally. "He’s just another one of many in the town and surrounding community that have gotten a terrible drug addiction. They do terrible things to support their habit. He’s not out to hurt someone, but he is out to support his habit."

MsJennie April 10, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Agreed JIM!
MsJennie April 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
In my family, parental responsibility is not even the cause of my sister's addiction. I have an Italian (100%) father who told me every day leaving the house to be safe, not to do drugs, wear my seat belt, not to drink and drive, do your homework, etc....He wouldn't allow us to even drink until 21 yo. So you see, parental responsibility is not always the cause of addiction. Most addicts, have underlining issues in their home, like being abused as a child or a death of a parent at a very young age, or even when the parents divorce. Children bring these hurtful things to a head when they are an adult and still have pain from something that happened to them way back when. Every addicts personal situation is different. I know a lot about it because we have been dealing with my sister's addiction for 10 years.
Heather April 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The makers of oxycontin should not be held responisible instead doctors who write the prescriptions should.
webmom April 10, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Jen, I agree with you. You and your sister..same house, same parents..yet different outcomes. Every person has a different way of dealing with a similar issue..some turn to drugs as an avoidance to that issue. Heartbreaking for sure. But I think (I speak for myself) commenters feel that the article 'dismissed' the victims of crimes by the addicts. And those victimized by addicts are victims themselves. In Wilmington, every 5th grader takes a D.A.R.E. pledge at the end of the year to stay off drugs..I have gone to these ceremonies. Yet, I see some of these same kids, as early as fall of 6th grade already smoking and who knows what else. That never ceases to amaze me. I've always felt they should tweak that program...something is missing from it...good intentions...not always good outcomes. Good luck to your sister. It's not just parental responsponsibility that results in drug addiction...but I believe that if you have a solid loving supportive family at home, chances are less that you will start drugs.
MsJennie April 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@webmom...thanks for your comments. :) I agree with you about the victims of the house breakins. It is violating and disturbing to know that someone came into your home and took things of value. What I have a hard time with is the label that is being put on ALL addicts. My sister has stolen from me and I know the feeling. It is such a HARD thing to understand...I still question how a drug can affect the brain so aggressively that it takes over the person completely. And I couldn't agree more about: solid loving supportive family at home, chances are less that you will start drugs. I am glad to know that the town does the DARE program. I would love to get more involved with educating the children..and your right ..something is missing. What do these kids need to show them DRUGS will destroy their lives. Does anyone know if the DARE program has prior drug addicts come to talk to the kids about their stories? Or families come to talk about what has happened to their families? Thanks again.
Heather April 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
People can still be "good people" even though they robbed someone. I don't believe what he did was right but I do think this disease is stronger than one knows. He was going into houses for possessions not to physically harm people. If someone was killed drinking and driving that doesn't make that person is "bad". It says that person made bad choices. You can't judge someones situation if you are not in it. That being said, I think going to rehab and than a short stint in Jail would do him good, and everyone in this situation can get the justice they deserve.
webmom April 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Jen, Officer Julie Pozzi is the DARE officer at both (North & West) schools. It's a wonderful program, and the timing is right (right before Middle School); however, it just seems some kids forget everything they learned from the program over that summer into Middle School. One thing (my very own personal controversial opinion here) that sometimes bothers me is when the kids learn about a drug or a method of taking drugs...things they have never been exposed to...and some of them get curious. They need to learn about this stuff, but yet, some vulnerable (curious) kids get a little too much information a little too soon and start something they shouldn't be doing ('that sounds cool!'). I'm sure someone at the schools there can help you contact her if you like. I think you have some good suggestions.
M April 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I don't understand people sometimes. Drug addiction and alcoholism is a disease and is not a moral issue. With that being said, I do believe people need to be punished for thier actions, addiction or not, because consequences are needed for majority of people with substance abuse problems to want to get the help the need. But to sit here and condemn and size people up completely as a "bad person" from behind a computer screen is not only ignorant but quite cowardly. This disease is an awful thing and its becoming more and more of an issue for all communties in MA everyday and if you are fortunate enough to not have any experience dealing with it, you should be grateful instead of throwing rocks at those who have.
webmom April 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM
M..how is your labeling someone 'ignorant' different from the 'bad' label....same sizing up and labeling. That said, i feel drug addiction and alcoholism are self inflicted diseases, that's why I don't usually feel as bad for that person as say, a child born with cancer (I'm being honest here). I do agree it's a major problem, one that I'm lucky to not have had to deal with. But don't dismiss the victims that have been broken into here, through not fault of their own.
MsJennie April 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Thank you! I've emailed the appropriate person at the WPD. I feel with the knowledge I have, it may help/save a person's life from not even trying drugs.
jo April 10, 2012 at 08:57 PM
it is stunning the number of comments here that sympathize with the drug-addicted criminals and hardly a comment about the 12-year old child, who was forced to realize this week, that her home is no longer a safe place. Imagine for a second, what that must feel like for a 12 year old child. I'm sorry for those who have experienced drug addiction first hand or through a loved one, but there are innocent victims in this story, people who didn't do anything to deserve this crime, this violation of privacy, a child who will never unlock the door to their own home again without feeling a sense of apprehension or fear.
MsJennie April 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM
@ jo, we are hardly sympathizing with a drug addict. Stating facts about what drug addiction can do to the entire community. I am very sad to hear about the 12 yo that was a victim in a house broken into. I can not imagine how scary that must have been for them. And if that was my child, I would be very upset. And as a parent, if my child was an addict, how very sad the parent is to hear that their child has a drug addiction and are breaking into neighbors homes to steal for there next high. All very sad. These addictions affect the entire community and something needs to be done to stop house breakins and children becoming victim to drug abuse and addiction.
M April 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
@webmom. I didn't call anyone ignorant, I said some things being said are ignorant. So the difference is, people are sizing up a whole person because of an action and I'm sizing up peoples actions and not them as a whole.
M April 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Also @webmom...Although I do agree alcoholism and drug-addiction are self inflicted, people seem to be unaware that it is a progressive disease, which means it starts off small and gradually becomes worse without the person realizing it. Nobody intends to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. I'm sure this young man didn't wake up one day and say "I think I'm going to try heroin today". He probably started off drinking and smoking weed (which I'm willing to bet the majority of the people posting on this thread have done as well) and unfortunatly for him he has compulsion with mind-altering substances and it progressed into addiction. If it was just a matter of a person deciding to do drugs and becoming addicted, or being a "bad person" it would not be considered a disease. So yes Jo, I am sympathizing with a drug addict, not his actions but him as a person and the victims of the home invasions as well.
jo April 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM
M- smoking weed is still illegal, with exception I guess for health/medicinal reasons. I would certainly hope the the majority of people posting to this thread have not themselves engaged in the illegal activity of smoking weed, though it might explain the tone of the thread.
webmom April 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
M..I respectfully disagree. How can you be so 'sure' of what this man think or did not think? (I'm sure..he probably..nobody intends to) And heroin isn't progressive...from everything we learn, we know it's addicting almost from the start. I'd like to think at least one point in his 25 years, he's heard not to do drugs. He did anyway. He chose to start. He chose to continue. He chose to get out of rehab. He chose to break into people's homes. He chose these things. Let's not even get into the fact that at 25, has he remotely begun to be a contributing member of society? When (if ever) will that happen? I always think of the victims first before I look for excuses for someone's behavior. Excuses condone behavior and dismiss the results of his actions.
M April 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
webmom...I never condoned his actions as a mentioned numerous times. I can see that you have your mind made on this matter, which from what I gathered from your posts, your not very educated on. So there is really no point in debating any further. Also, I recently found out he is an Army Veteran and I'm sure you didn't know that but that didn't stop you from making negative assumptions on a public forum just like a lot of others on this thread. And just for the record, I'll say it one more time...I think he should be punished for his actions.
Christine April 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Drugs wreck lives-- period-- and whether you're an empathizer or take the hard line, you can't dent these events effect our community greatly..because of this bunch of criminalls (yes Wanda--they are now both addicts and criminals) they must be treated as such--and because so many reoffend over and over--there has to be more options. Those of you who don't care about the addicts WILL care when they cost you money over and over and over--what bothers me is that we can predict with good accuracy who will become an addict in middle school or earlier), yet we do not do enough to address chronic academic failure, families in crisis, and emotional problems when the kids are young--kids from "good" homes and kids from "bad" homes very often still have signs LONG before it's too late--Mondi and his friends are no longer "good" kids turned addict--now they're criminals who have forced my whole family to reconsider our daily child care and how we function in our own home--putting them in jail forever is not the answer, but they should not be on the street either--and unfortunately, with a criminal record they become a huge burden on their family and society--Middle school parents, check out your kids Facebook pages--do they have "drug references" on their wall??--that should be a heads up to you--because a lot of them do...do you know where they are when they get out of the middle school at 1:30 until you get home?? Solutions start in the home
Heather April 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Agree Completely M
Sms April 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I think it's funny how people have no life's and like to say stuff about people they don't know and whatever he's a drug addict he should rot like your better the everyone or something yeah people make mistakes I lost 2 brothers from addiction and many friends and they are good kid some people make bad mistakes in life sorry if there not perfect like you snobs andrew and max r good kids and have been trying and I'll tell u from firsthand experience it's a bad disease that ive overcome I might nit have stolen anything but I'm still a recovering addict and I have no problem saying that To anyone if u disagree with people that's fine but don't pin point someone about being a bad kid cause they wouldnt hurt a fly and by the way I bet there's many people who could say a lot of stuff about u people who think there so big and better then everyone
suzyderkins April 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
What is your definition of "hurt"? You say they "r good kids" and they "wouldn't hurt a fly", but quite honestly they have already hurt countless people with their actions. Their families, first and foremost, and every victim of their crimes. The families that were violated and can no longer feel safe in their own homes; the items stolen, given away or thrown away, that they will never see again; the children who now have nightmares about someone breaking into their homes and taking their things; the families who now have the financial burden of paying deductibles and surcharges on their home owners insurance policy for hundreds of dollars that they shouldn't have to spend. All because those "good kids" just needed to get high. Really? They didn't hurt anyone? Really? I am sorry, but you are wrong. These people have all been hurt, and their lives have been permanently changed just because they had the misfortune to not be home when the "good kids" showed up to break into their homes and take things that did not belong to them. You are right, no one is perfect, including us "snobs", but when people make "bad mistakes" they must pay the consequences. And in this case, that consequence should be jail. Helping them with detox would be ideal. Ridding them of this horrible "disease" is a win-win situation, but if they don't stay in detox it doesn't leave many options for the community. Continuously committing crimes is unacceptable.
Wilmington snobs April 13, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Sending them to jail may sound good to you people, but what you dont realize is that jail is in no shape or form a rehab. They wouldnt get any help, or be able to work on themselves at all. So most likely if they go to jail, and then get out , they would fall back into the same situation. Where if they went to rehab, and had a chance to work on themselves and there problems, they might be able to turn there lives around.
Wilmington snobs April 13, 2012 at 03:24 AM
And my home was broken into and robbed as well. Sending them to jail will maximise the problem in the long run. It offers no solutions. They need help.
Krystal Fagundes April 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
This Kid you speak of was in the Army and has served our country, So people who do not know Andrew should really be careful with how they judge him. This is an illness that he has. Only with support will Andrew overcome this!
CONCERNED RESIDENT May 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Kevin MacDonald May 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM
If this guy would steal the TV out of the police station the town might have less house breaks and actual patrolmen on the streets where they belong. Selectman Lou Cimaglia stated that Wilmington doesn't have a massive drug problem. I personally think our officials need to get a clue.
Foghorn Leghorn May 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM
That dog... I say, that dog's strictly G.I. Gibberin' idiot, that is.
Kevin MacDonald May 26, 2012 at 01:54 AM
If you can't make it as a lawyer I guess you become a cartoon character.
Joshua giroux June 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
They have rehab programs and meds in jail to help aide and recover... For the short stay I had in a jail I was put on comfort meds and signed up for a detox schedule... But I was still in jail because I broke the law... I know both of the gentlemen involved, one of whom is a brother to me, we have a disease but we are grown men and we chose to do the things we did... If they sent every criminal to a rehab that had a drug problem instead of jail who would ever hesitate to commit the crimes... Good luck boys we need it, lets hope we don't make every newspaper and arctical ever again unless it's the lottery or an award lol
Joshua giroux June 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM


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