By Robert Mills
TOWNSEND -- Three men are facing charges in connection with a series of break-ins in Townsend and other communities, including charges they stole a firearm during one of the breaks.
Townsend police announced Monday in a press release that they arrested Justin Shertzer, 22, of Chelmsford; Michael Mondou, 29, of Pepperell; and Nicholas Litchfield, 28, who has no known address, on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Litchfield was the last of the three to be arrested. He was caught when police from Townsend, Leominster and state police served a search warrant at 512 Main St., in Leominster on Saturday, and located a firearm that was allegedly stolen during a break-in at a Townsend home, according to Townsend police.
Townsend Police Chief Erving M. Marshall Jr. said in a prepared statement that the break-ins occurred over the past several weeks. Marshall did not release addresses of the homes that were entered.
Shertzer was arrested first, on Friday evening, and charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, conspiracy, two counts of larceny from a person over 65, and three counts each of breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.
Mondou was arrested later Friday at the Ayer Motor Inn in Ayer. Police said he had Shertzer's identification on him, and was registered at the inn under Shertzer's name.
He was charged with three counts of breaking and entering and one count each of carrying a firearm without a permit, larceny from a person over 65, and conspiracy.
Litchfield was arrested Saturday after police served the search warrant on Main Street in Leominster.
Marshall said Litchfield tried to flee the home as police entered, but failed to get away.
Litchfield is charged with three counts of breaking and entering and one count each of carrying a firearm without a permit, larceny from a person over 65, and conspiracy.
Marshall said police also recovered property that was reported stolen during house breaks in Lunenburg and New Ipswich, N.H.
All three men were held on $5,000 cash bail over the weekend, and arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court.
Shertzer was ordered held on $1,500 cash bail. Litchfield and Mondou were ordered held on $7,500 cash bail. Mondou also had his bail revoked in connection with a pending case.
All three men were ordered to have no contact with victims, witnesses, or their co-defendants if they post bail, according to Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Marian Ryan.
Marshall said police are still investigating several other recent house breaks, and that additional suspects may face charges.
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