For the majority of the time, if you have the necessary security equipment to protect yourself, your home or business, you’ll be able to keep thieves and attackers at bay. However, their will always be someway a thief will get around your security. That shouldn’t keep you from investing in high security because most of the time, it’ll save your valuables and even your life.
In rare cases though, there are professional thieves who know their way around security. They know how to stay under the radar without being caught. Usually, they’re in groups, to help guide each other along the way, and they always carry the right tools.
Recently, police have caught five suspects who were all involved in multiple thefts and break-ins. Police say that these burglars knew how to cut the exact wires to keep the alarms from going off. They even used some high-tech equipment such as scanners to keep a lookout on police transmissions. They also planned ahead of time for locations and a variety of different vehicles that were never registered to them. These experts were not kidding around and knew what they were doing. All their illegal activities kept stacking up, as they were able to raid businesses and storefronts all over South Shore. Eventually, everything traced right back to them and the police say that the charades are finally over.
The police have arrested three Weymouth residents and two other men from Hull last week by a multi-department task force that has solved three break-ins and could have solved many more. The men arrested were all in their early-mid 30’s. They were charged in thefts that were taken place last month in Quincy, Hingham and Brighton. “They’re still under investigation for a lot of crimes throughout our region,” said Marshfield police Capt. Phil Tavares, who also leads the Old Colony Police Anti-Crime Task Force.
In took about two weeks of police surveillance and investigation until they were able to arrest the individuals. The investigators said they broke into businesses after they have been closed and made sure to cover up any evidence of their break-in. They would seek out safes and standalone ATMs in the robbery.
“They have been doing this for quite some time, we believe,” Quincy police Lt. John Steele said. “In the past year they’ve been able to get well into six figures worth of cash out of various businesses throughout the South Shore and Boston area.”
On Feb. 17th, the police say that the group broke their way into a men’s room of a gas station after it was closed. From there they were able to gain access to the office by busting down a wall where they broke into a safe and stole thousands of dollars, Steele said. As they smashed the window to escape was when the alarm triggered.
A little over a week after the 1st burglary, two of the men in the group broke into a carwash where they destroyed electrical and alarm boxes and then raided the office and file cabinets. They also stole two guns that were contained inside a wall safe. Hingham police Sgt. Steven Dearth says that the two Beretta semiautomatic pistols were fully loaded still haven’t been recovered. They were stored inside a safe and were registered to an employee of the car wash, he said.
When the police arrested the group of men and searched the vehicle they were driving in, they found a pry bar, screwdrivers and a police scanner. One of the suspects already had a significant criminal track record with outstanding warrants for his arrest and was out on bail for charges.
It made it tough for police officials to track down these thieves as they traveled all over the place. They needed help and evidence from every task force that included towns from Quincy, Weymouth, Hingham, Marshfield, Rockland, Scituate, Hanover, Norwell, Braintree and State Police investigators assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office. Boston Police were involved in the arrest and Brighton break-in investigation. “This was an example of what law enforcement has had to do to keep up with the times,” Steele said. “Criminals now go all over the place, into all sorts of different jurisdictions, and this collaborative effort really made this whole thing come together.”