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."