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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Press Release: Arrest

TO: Media

FR: Brookline Police Department

RE: Arrest in Motor Vehicle Breaks and Larcenies cases

The Brookline Police Department has recently made an arrest where the individual is suspected in several motor vehicle breaks and larcenies. On October 17th, at 8:19 AM, Brookline Dispatch received a call for a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle in progress in the rear of 78 Monmouth Street. The caller stated that she could see a black male on a bicycle breaking into a car in the rear of the building. The first officer on the scene observed the male subject, who had a knife in one hand, looking into the vehicle and removing his hand from the broken window of the vehicle. The lights on the vehicle were flashing; however the audible alarm had stopped sounding. The suspect was identified as Charles Welsh, a 56 year old male from Roxbury in Boston. At this time, Welsh was transported to the Brookline Police Station.

The bicycle that Welsh had with him had two saddle bags attached. The saddle bags consisted of a number of hand tools commonly used in crimes against property. Upon returning to the Brookline Police Station and inventorying the rest of the property found on him, there were items found that clearly did not belong to Welsh.

ID cards were found belonging to a female whose vehicle was broken into on Medfield Street in Boston on October 16th. Gift cards were found belonging to a female who reported her purse had been stolen on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston 2 weeks ago. The bicycle helmet the suspect was wearing was found belonging to a female who’s bicycle was reported stolen from Columbia Street in Brookline on October 16th. A pair of Bruins tickets (which were later determined to be counterfeit, as the ticket holders were in possession of their tickets) was also discovered on his person. Finally, the bicycle he was on matches the description of a bicycle stolen in Brookline from Verndale St on October13th.

Welsh is being charged with the following offenses:

266:16 - Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle

266:49 - Possession of Burglarious Tools

266:60 - Receiving Stolen Property (5 counts)

267:2 - Counterfeiting (2 counts)

A Criminal Application has been filed with the Brookline District Court for the above listed offenses.

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