Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Man Arrested After Breaking into Groveland Home, Fleeing from Police

GROVELAND — Chief Jeffrey Gillen reports that a man was arrested yesterday after he broke into a home in Groveland, fled the scene and crashed a stolen vehicle in Haverhill.

CARSON S. HAMILTON, AGE 20, OF HAVERHILL was arrested in Haverhill following a motor vehicle pursuit. Groveland Police will charge him with:

  • Burglary
  • Larceny from a Building
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Use of a Motor Vehicle Without Authority
  • Use of a Motor Vehicle After License Suspension
  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle to Endanger
  • Speeding

On Thursday, Aug. 17, around 1:30 a.m., the Groveland Police Department received a report of a man inside a home on Parker Road. The reporting party stated that her mother’s purse was stolen by a white male in a black hooded sweatshirt who broke into their home through the residence’s back sliding door.

The responding officers searched the area surrounding the home. Officer Adam Sanborn soon located four males on Pinewood Lane, one of whom matched the suspect’s description.

Upon seeing the Groveland officer, the males fled the scene. The male in the black hooded sweatshirt ran down Clark Road and a foot pursuit ensued.

Officer Sanborn lost sight of male around Burke Street and called dispatch for additional assistance. While searching for the male in his cruiser, Officer Sanborn noticed a blue SUV with New Hampshire plates traveling at a high rate of speed in the neighborhood of Parker Road.

Following a brief pursuit, Officer Sanborn conducted a motor vehicle stop on Main Street. While he was approaching the vehicle, it took off down Main Street headed toward Haverhill. Dispatch informed Officer Sanborn that the vehicle was reported stolen the day prior.

Officer Sanborn followed the vehicle until it stopped on Lily Pond Road in Boxford and he witnessed the male wearing the black hooded sweatshirt jump out of the driver’s seat of the vehicle and run into the woods. Massachusetts State Police arrived on scene to assist, along with a Boxford Police Officer.

Moments later, the Boxford Police Officer received a report that a person was trying to break into a residence on Main Street. Police searched the area, but could not locate the suspect.

Additional officers arrived on scene to assist with the search, including the Amesbury Police K-9 unit. Members of the Georgetown and West Newbury Police Departments arrived in Groveland to continue the search there.

Officer Sanborn then received word that suspect, identified as HAMILTON, had been apprehended in Haverhill by the Amesbury Police K-9 unit. Police learned that HAMILTON had stolen a car from Haverhill and crashed it on Route 125 in Haverhill after striking a tractor trailer.

HAMILTON was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, and then placed under arrest by the Haverhill Police Department.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 20 at Haverhill District Court on charges from Groveland, Boxford and Haverhill.

“This incident demonstrates the strong partnerships between neighboring police departments,” Chief Gillen said. “Together we were able to locate and apprehend the suspect. I’d like to thank the Boxford, Georgetown, Haverhill and West Newbury Police Departments, along with Amesbury K-9 Officer Thomas Nichols and the Massachusetts State Police for their assistance.”

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.


Man Arrested After Breaking into Groveland Home, Fleeing from Police
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