Two men were arrested and accused of breaking into a motor vehicle on Beacon Hill last week after someone heard two men allegedly checking car doors along Beacon Street.
Adam Hade, 31, and Paul Flannelly, 58, both of Boston, were arrested Wednesday night after someone reported seeing two men allegedly rummaging through a car parked at 43 Beacon St.
According to Boston Police, the witness saw the two men walking along the Boston Common side of Beacon Street and heard them allegedly trying to find unlocked cars by testing the door handles.
At about 9:20 p.m., Boston Police officers began checking vehicles parked on Beacon Street up to the State House and found one vehicle's door open. At the same time, officers detained two men at the corner of Beacon and Charles streets who were positively identified by the witness.
Nothing was stolen and the car was not damaged, the owner of the vehicle told officers who took him to his vehicle after the incident.
Crime in police district A-1, which covers Beacon Hill, the West End, North End, downtown Boston and the waterfront, was down by 13 percent overall in 2011 compared to 2010, including a decrease in theft and attempted theft from vehicles from 125 to 98 reported incidents.
But the Beacon Hill Civic Association reported in November that burglary and car break-ins were up in the neighborhood. In 30 days spanning October and Novemeber, 10 cars parked on Beacon Hill were broken into.
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