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Man Faces Eight Charges For Alleged Burglary and Victim Assault Saturday

Michael Byrnes of Saugus faces several charges related to an alleged botched vehicle burglary.

A Saugus man was arrested on eight separate charges Saturday afternoon, after a victim alleged he tried to hit him with a car when confronted breaking into his vehicle near 685 Broadway in Malden. 

Michael Byrnes, no age available, was arrested after the victim reported the vehicle's description and plate number to police. 

He was not hurt in the attempted assault. 

"(Byrnes) was arrested after he was seen breaking into a van," Police Capt. Thomas Swanson said. "...He was (allegedly) unloading power tools and other equipment out of the vehicle; sometime after that, he was confronted by the owner of the truck." 

Byrnes faces several charges, including receiving stolen property over $250, breaking and entering into a truck for a felony, assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of property damage, driving with a revoked license, use of a motor vehicle without authority, and assault & battery. 

Byrnes was also in possession of lorazepam, a prescription anti-anxiety medication, which added a class E drug possession charge to the list. 

Marc October 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Was this in Malden?
j October 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
no
Chris Caesar October 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Ugh, sorry guys, I must've left that info on the cutting room floor. I have added the location information in the lede: this happened near 685 Broadway in Malden.
paul surette October 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
This guy should use that pic as his profile on Facebook.
J.longbow October 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Your Honor, my client was just trying to pursue the American dream and make a living by obtaining those tools for his start up business. I would think nothing less than personal recognizance for bail. Thank You
Blue October 03, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Stealing tools takes away from the owner the ability to provide for his family. Byrnes should get the chair.
david mokal October 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
A Man.s tools is his bread and butter. I suggest public hanging to set an example. Horse stealing,cattle russling, tool theft all the same. (>U<) herez lookin at cha kid!

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