Police in Bellingham say they recovered these stolen items.
By Michelle Laczkoski/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News
Posted Nov 06, 2008 @ 12:50 AM
Last update Nov 06, 2008 @ 12:55 AM
Bottles of liquor, a stack of laptops and change jars filled detectives' office at the Police Station yesterday the household items now evidence from a string of break-ins.
Police say a group of teenagers ransacked three homes and stole cash, jewelry, liquor, computers and ice cream.
Police said Joseph D. Desrosiers, 17, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy planned the break-ins Tuesday afternoon because they had a day off from school for Election Day.
Desrosiers and the other three teens, who were not identified because of their ages, were arrested around 1:30 p.m. after police answered a burglar alarm at a home on Wrentham Road.
Officer Jon Walden found a door kicked in, and shattered glass covering the ground.
Officer David Ayotte, who was working a detail nearby, was called as back-up and spoke with neighbors who identified a group of boys walking in the neighborhood.
Ayotte approached the teens on Priscilla Avenue and chased one boy before he eventually confessed.
The teens admitted to first breaking into a house on Lake Street and then another house on Rakeville Circle, entering each house by breaking windows with a baseball bat and cutting screens.
Detective Jennifer Gosselin said police recovered all items taken from the houses on Lake Street and Rakeville Circle. The boys did not take anything from the Wrentham Road home, she said.
In between stops, the boys dropped off stolen items at a small hideout behind St. Jean the Baptist Cemetery, police said.
Among the recovered items: collector's coins, a $2 bill, DVDs, jewelry, laptop computers, a calculator, liquor, change jars and a carton of Edy's ice cream.
The boys "chose the houses randomly," Sgt. Richard Perry said.
An elderly woman who lives at the Wrentham Road home said one of the suspects has done work in her yard. "She was shocked to see him," Perry said.
Gosselin credited officers' collaborative work to quickly track down the suspects and recover the goods.
"This is a perfect example of how a detail officer working hard to direct traffic was nearby to help another officer who needed assistance," she said. "(Ayotte) was crucial in the arrest of four suspects."
Desrosiers, of 27 Cranberry Meadow Road, was charged with three counts of vandalism, three counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of larceny, conspiracy and intimidating a witness, according to court records.
The three juveniles were each charged with three counts of vandalism, three counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny and misleading a police officer. Two boys are also being charged with receiving stolen property worth less than $250, police said.
The teens were released to their parents and will go before a judge in Milford Juvenile Court.
Desrosiers was held Tuesday night on $5,000 cash bail. He appeared before a clerk yesterday in Milford District Court, where bail was reduced to $1,000 cash.
He will appear before a judge today for further arraignment.