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Hingham police arrest three for alleged home burglary

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 3, 2012 02:02 PM

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Driver's license photos of the suspect show Robert E. Hudson, Ashley A. Sullivan, and Brittney L. Sullivan, all from Plymouth and accused of breaking into a Hingham home.

After weeks of work by numerous police agencies in the area, Hingham police have arrested two sisters and a man as suspects in several home break-ins.

According to police, the Hingham-led investigation began on July 30, when residents reported that their house on Leavitt Street had been broken into.

A screen had been pushed in on a side of the house that was not visible from the street sometime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., police said, and a laptop, and several pieces of jewelry were stolen.

The items disappeared until early August, when State Police arrested a man and two twin sisters during a traffic stop on Aug. 10 on Route 3 in Kingston.

During that stop, the three occupants were arrested on outstanding unrelated warrants, and numerous pieces of jewelry were found.

The owners of the jewelry were unknown; however, State Police later learned that the suspects may have been involved in several house breaks in the area.

“Being found with stolen property does not place translate to automatically being charged with actually breaking into a home a month earlier,” said Sergeant Steven Dearth with Hingham police. “Making that connection is part of the investigative process.”

In fact, police initially didn't make the connection to the Hingham house, as the suspect said he had stolen the items from a house in Cohasset.

But later, when Hingham police were working with Cohasset detectives on an unrelated case, information was shared information about the suspect and the stolen items.

Hingham police made the connection about the items, and brought the pocket watch back to the owner in the Hingham house, who identified it.

Working with detectives from Cohasset, Duxbury, Middleborough, Plymouth, and State Police, Hingham police then interviewed two of the suspects who had been arrested. The third suspect had already been released from jail.

Detectives said they soon learned that the diamond ring stolen from the house had already been pawned and sold.

Working with the pawn shop owner, Middleoborough detectives were able to recover the stolen diamond ring from its new owner.

“The investigation is ongoing as to tracking down some of the other jewelry such as the wedding and class ring,” Dearth said.

Although several items are still missing, as a result of the investigation, police obtained three arrest warrants for the suspects. Robert E. Hudson Jr., 23, from Plymouth, Brittney L. Sullivan, 21, Plymouth, and Ashley A. Sullivan, 21, Plymouth, will each be charged with breaking and entering in the daytime (felony), larceny from a building, and conspiracy.

Hudson was being held at the Plymouth County House of Correction. Brittney Sullivan was being held at MCI Frammingham. Ashley Sullivan was arrested on the Hingham warrant by Plymouth Detectives at her home on Sept. 30.

Police caution residents of similar robberies, saying that the suspects selected a home without a garage, which would indicate whether someone was home.

Additionally, Hudson carried a “landscaping folder” in his hand, to pretend he was offering landscape services if someone answered the door, police said. If no one answered, Hudson would walk around the side or rear of the building and break in. He allegedly carried a backpack to hold stolen items, police said.

Police said that one of the sisters would stand near the street to give the appearance that Hudson had a legitimate business. The other sister would drive the car, parking it in this instance in the Hingham Public Library lot to attract less attention.

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