Man who posed as DoorDash driver charged in at least 7 burglaries in Maynard

Man who posed as DoorDash driver charged in at least 7 burglaries in Maynard

A Lynn man who allegedly claimed he was working as a food delivery driver when confronted by a resident is charged in more than a half-dozen break-ins in Maynard.

Joseph Encarnacion, 39, is accused of breaking into at least seven residences from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, and allegedly stole guns and credit cards from several homes.

On Wednesday, shortly before 4 p.m., Maynard police said they received a call from a resident who returned home and found a stranger in their apartment. The stranger told the confused resident that he was an app-based food delivery driver and quickly left the home, Maynard police said.

As the night wore on into the early hours of Thursday morning, police said seven more residents contacted us to report break-ins and thefts. A resident told police that three firearms had been stolen from him.

Officers were able to use video surveillance to determine a physical description of the suspect and what vehicle he was using.

Police say Encarnacion stole several credit cards during the series of break-ins, allegedly using one at an Acton gas station.

When a police officer went to the gas station to get more footage, he noticed a car with license plates that matched those in the previously obtained video. The officer stopped the vehicle and Encarnacion was placed under arrest.

When police searched Encarnacion’s girlfriend’s Lowell apartment, they found most of the items stolen in the break-ins, including the three stolen firearms.

A fourth firearm and more than $6,000 in cash were also recovered. Some of the items found could not be linked to the Maynard burglaries.

Encarnacion faces charges of daytime breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony (three counts), theft of a firearm (three counts), unlawful possession of a firearm (three counts), breaking and entering into a storage facility, receiving stolen property under $1,200. …

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