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Police: Lynn Man Linked to Swampscott Break-ins

The following information was submitted by the Swampscott Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Swampscott Police Department.
Swampscott Police Department.

The Swampscott Police Department issued a press release Tuesday announcing that warrants have been issued for a Lynn man, charging him with a string of Swampscott break-ins in October.

In October, Swampscott police officers along with detectives from the Lynn, Saugus and Melrose police departments investigated a rash of area break-ins and charged Rashid Sparks, 21, of 45 Wyman St, Lynn, with several counts of receiving stolen property after it was learned he had pawned some stolen property in Lynn and Revere.

Swampscott police investigated five house break-ins on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, which were similar and where entrance was mostly gained by smashing in doors or windows. During some of these break ins the victims lost a substantial amount of personal items, including jewelry, flat-screen televisions and electronics, according to the release.

Swampscott detectives reportedly collected several pieces of evidence from those break-ins, which were then fingerprinted and brought to the State Police Lab in Danvers for further testing.

Danvers State Police then reported to Swampscott police that in at least two of the break-ins, fingerprints were found on items that were collected from inside the victims homes and that those fingerprints were a match for Sparks.

Sparks is charged with two counts of breaking and entering a building during the daytime to commit a felony, two counts of malicious destruction of property valued above $250, and larceny over $250.

Additional charges may follow once all the evidence collected has been processed. Sparks is being held at Middleton Jail on his other charges of, receiving stolen property.

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