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Hingham Scanner Tales: Teen arrested for alleged house robbery

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 5, 2012 12:43 PM

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Hingham Police arrested a Hingham teen after he allegedly broke into a home on Saturday night.

According to police, a Golf View Drive resident returned home on Saturday at 10:08 p.m. and found the rear door of the house kicked in.

The residents had left their home at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Police said that the rear kitchen door had been shut but the door jam and trim had been damaged. There were also marks on the outside of the rear basement door where the suspect had allegedly attempted to kick the door in.

The suspect had gained entry to the house through the rear wooden kitchen door, which had been fully kicked open, police said.

According to police, there had been two similar housebreaks in homes that abut the South Shore Country Club within the last several months. Previous breaks had occurred on Smith Road and Sherwood Road. In one of the breaks, alcohol was taken.

While the Golf View Drive resident initially did not notice anything missing, when officers asked the resident to check if there was alcohol missing, the resident discovered that there were two bottles of wine missing from their kitchen. One of the bottles had a distinctive top attached to it.

Based on the information gathered from the previous breaks, officers went to a home on Smith Road to speak with a resident.

Police spoke with the 18-year-old resident and his family and explained the break. During the conversation, one family member discovered an open bottle of wine with a distinctive top in their home.

The bottle and the top were identified by the Golf View Drive victim as one of the stolen wine bottles. The second wine bottle was not recovered.

Police arrested William Bryce Donovan, 18, from Hingham. He was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny from a building, malicious destruction of property over $250, and minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage.

He was released after posting $240 in bail and will arraigned on Monday, Nov. 5.

The previous breaks remain under investigation.

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