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Neighbor admits to puzzling break-in

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A Dracut man who broke into a neighbor’s home and engaged in a series of bizarre acts in the fall of 2012 said he did so out of anger and ran home laughing afterward. During a recent Lowell District Court hearing, Matthew Yackel, 23, admitted to sufficient facts supporting a list of charges after he told police he broke into his female neighbor’s house, vandalized her furniture, ripped open a teddy bear, and threw her underwear into the yard. Authorities said Yackel made the admission after video cameras installed after the break-in showed him trying to do so a second time last spring. Though Yackel’s case has been continued without a finding for two years, he has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment, and must abide by a harassment-prevention order.

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