Two individuals – a woman from Framingham and a man from Springfield, were arrested at 2:26 a.m. on Tuesday November 27 for allegedly breaking into at least seven vehicles, according to an article in the MetroWest Daily News.
Police reportedly responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Porter Road around 2:26 a.m. When they arrived, they found the man allegedly leaning into an open vehicle.
Both the man and the woman, who was also present, reportedly had several GPS devices, cell phones, watches, and other items in their possession. Police reportedly determined the couple broke into at least seven different cars to acquire the items.
Both individuals were charged with seven counts of breaking and entering into a vehicle, and six counts of receiving stolen property worth less than $250. Police allege that the man had several GPS units in his possession, as well as $80 in change, several cell phones and watches. Police also allege that they found the woman standing nearby next to a backpack that contained two more GPS units and a cell phone. Police also reportedly suspect the couple of breaking into more cars because they allegedly had several items in their possession that were not identified by the known victims.
The woman was released with no bail, but the man was reportedly held on $1000 bail. The man reportedly has a long record with several crimes similar to the charges he is now facing. He also reportedly made some admissions to police at the time of the arrest. Both individuals are due back in court on Dec. 10 for a pretrial conference
To prevail on the charges of breaking and entering into a vehicle, prosecutors will have to prove that both the man and the woman used force to enter a vehicle that belonged to another person for each of the separate charges. The charge can lead to imprisonment if they are convicted. Breaking and entering can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on how the defendants are charged. Additionally, committing the offense at night can lead to a longer sentence if the defendants are convicted. To prevail on the charges of receiving stolen property worth less than $250, prosecutors will have to prove that both the man and the woman knew that the property was stolen for each of the separate counts. Because they have been charged with receiving stolen property worth less than $250, they have likely been charged with a misdemeanor regarding this alleged crime. However, if the man has been convicted of this offense previously, he may be facing a felony charge for this alleged offense.
The couple may be able to get some of the charges dropped, or the prosecution may not be able to meet its burden for every charge that they have lodged against them. According to the article, the man and the woman were allegedly found with the items in their possession while the man was leaning into an open vehicle. Therefore, prosecutors may have a hard time meeting their burden for all of the breaking and entering charges.
Both the man and the woman are looking at possible imprisonment. They will need knowledgeable lawyers to help them achieve the best result possible under their circumstances. If you are facing a breaking and entering charge, or a receipt of stolen goods charge, contact Massachusetts criminal defense Attorney Cappetta today for a free initial discussion.