Mr. Torres was charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, possession of a Class B substance, possession of burglary tools, trespassing, attempted larceny of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property valued at more than $250. He is to be arraigned Monday in Central District Court.
WORCESTER #8211; A nervous-looking man in a car in a hotel parking lot got the attention of a Worcester police officer who likely interrupted an attempt to steal the vehicle Saturday morning, police said.
Juan Torres, 43, of Lynn, immediately opened the door and got out of the vehicle when the officer knocked on the window. He eventually admitted that he was smoking crack, that he was not a guest at the hotel and did not know whose vehicle he was in, police said. Another officer arrived to assist, and Mr. Torres was placed under arrest. Officers recovered a small amount of crack cocaine, police said.
An officer on patrol just before noon near Washington Square saw the man, who #8220;appeared to be nervous and was frantically looking around,#8221; police said. The officer parked about 50 feet away and walked up to the car, at the back of the Homewood Suites by Hilton parking lot, where he saw a man #8220;smoking something out of what looked like a crack pipe.#8221;
The car#8217;s ignition had been tampered with; the key insert was broken off, a plastic area around it was ripped out and a screwdriver was on the front passenger seat, police said. Officers learned that the Honda#8217;s owner had lent her car to her friend, who was working at the hotel. Neither the owner nor the friend knew Mr. Torres, and both said that he did not have permission to be in the vehicle. The owner and the friend said that the ignition had been intact earlier in the day and that there was no screwdriver in the car.