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Two men allegedly caught redhanded in Roxbury radio theft

Boston police say they caught two men in the act of stealing a car radio in Roxbury early Monday morning. One of the men allegedly tried to flee while being questioned, but was caught while trying to climb over a fence.

John Baptista, 42, and Nicholas Johnson, 23, both of Roxbury, face arraignment in Roxbury District Court on charges of breaking and entering into a vehicle and receiving stolen goods. Johnson, who attempted to flee, also faces charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery of a police officer.

Police responded to a report of a car being break-in on Woodward Street at about 1:15 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, officers saw Johnson and Baptista sitting inside of a car with a damaged passenger window. A closer look showed the two men removing the car’s radio with a screwdriver, police said.

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Johnson told police they were attempting to fix his radio, but a closer look into the car revealed several large rocks resting near the car’s ignition, which was broken.

Officers requested the suspects’ identification, and Baptista, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, handed them a Massachusetts welfare benefits card. While it was being looked over, Johnson allegedly opened the passenger door and fled on foot toward George Street, police said.

Johnson was caught by police as he attempted to scale a large fence and was arrested after a brief struggle.

One officer reported suffering a minor injury to his knee during the pursuit, police said.

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