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Man found guilty in $500,000 theft from Newton home

Posted by boston.com  October 29, 2013 10:36 AM

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This press release was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney's office

A Boston man was found guilty and deemed a habitual offender for breaking and entering into a Newton home and stealing more than $500,000 worth of jewelry and art, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.

George Correa, 50, of Boston, was found guilty of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and larceny in a building following a jury trial in Middlesex Superior Court. On October 23, 2013, in a bench trial, the defendant was found guilty of being a habitual offender. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Heidi Breiger sentenced the defendant to 20 years in state prison for the breaking and entering and five years in state prison for the larceny charge. The sentence is to be served from and after the defendant’s current sentence. The defendant is already serving a 10 year prison sentence for another breaking and entering case.

“This defendant has a history of breaking and entering, violating people’s homes and stealing valuable items,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This verdict takes a career criminal off of our streets for a very long time.”

According to authorities, on October 22, 2009, the defendant and unidentified accomplices broke into a home on Boylston Street in Newton by climbing through a second story window. The defendant attempted to disable a home security system by ripping it from the wall. Yhe alarm alerted authorities.

The defendant stole valuable jewelry and artwork from the home. He also dragged a 300-pound safe out of the home before fleeing from the scene.

Newton Police responded to the security alarm and immediately launched an investigation. Police recovered fingerprint evidence that was determined to be a match with the defendant.

Items reported stolen including diamond earrings, several men’s and women’s gold watches and diamonds bracelets. Two original oil paintings valued at over $15,000 each were also reported stolen.

When the defendant was arrested eight days later, police discovered he had a watchband from a $15,000 watch that was kept in the safe located at this home. Other stolen items and the safe have not been recovered.

While awaiting trial on this case, the defendant was convicted of another breaking and entering that occurred on this same street in Newton five months earlier. In that case, he was sentenced to no less than 10 years to no more than 10 years and one day in state prison.

The case was investigated by the Newton Police. The prosecutor assigned to the case was Assistant District Attorney Corey Santos. The Victim Witness Advocate is Elizabeth Lane.

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