Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 19, 2013

Suspicious plate leads to arrest

A routine check on a suspicious vehicle ended in a sizable arrest for police Saturday afternoon.

Patrolmen Matthew Hughes and Angelo Taveras were driving on River Road when a missing front license plate on a passing vehicle caught their eye, according to Lt. Edward Guy.

They ran the plate and found the vehicle was reported stolen, so they pulled it over, Guy said.

After an investigation, police arrested who they thought was Jonathan Rivera, who reported he was a 26-year-old Lawrence resident, and charged him with a number of motor vehicle offenses.

Turns out, while booking him, they conducted a fingerprint check and soon learned their suspect had a different name — and a history, according to Guy.

Arrested was actually Jeffrey Castro, 25, of 14 Sargent Ave., Lawrence, and he had four outstanding warrants, Guy said.

In the end, Castro was charged with receiving stolen property under $250, giving a false name during booking, attaching the wrong plates to a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, possessing or using a false or stolen Registry of Motor Vehicles document, giving a false name and address to police in relation to a motor vehicle violation, driving an uninsured motor vehicle or trailer and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was also charged on the outstanding warrants, which included charges for resisting arrest, escaping from a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and assault and battery on a police officer, Guy said.

— Dustin Luca, staff writer

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