Hingham Police Department
Police departments from the South Shore and Boston arrested five people last week suspected of committing numerous burglaries in the region.
According to Quincy Police, State Police working with the Norfolk District Attorney’s office, Boston Police, the Old Colony Police Anti-Crime Unit, and police units from Marshfield, Hingham, Rockland, Scituate, Norwell, Hanover, Weymouth, and Braintree came together in a two-week investigation that resulted in the arrests.
Police said that the incidents included a Feb. 17 robbery of Sea Street BP Gas Station at 346 Sea Street in Quincy, an attempted break at the Great Scott Bar Room at 1222 Comm. Ave in Brighton on Feb. 23, and a burglary in Hingham at Hingham Car Wash on Summer Street on Feb. 27.
In Quincy, two men had smashed through the men’s room wall from the outside of the building, got into the gas station office, and used tools to open the safe and steal several thousand dollars. The pair smashed a window to get out of the building.
It wasn’t until the pair exited the building that an alarm went off.
In Hingham, two suspects smashed in the door of the Car Wash, disabled the alarm system, and ransacked the office, stealing two black Beretta semi automatic (.40 and .22 caliber) guns with fully loaded magazines along with additional ammunition.
Boston Police could not be immediately reached about the nature of the Brighton break.
As a result of the incidents, multiple agencies came together to conduct surveillance, interview witnesses, and share equipment, resources and personnel in the last couple of weeks.
Police were able to obtain arrest warrants for four of the five suspects, and arrested the suspects on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
As a result, George Dabrolet, 31, from Weymouth, Matthew Cherry, 34, Hull, and Michael Shuman, 31, Weymouth, were arrested in Boston during a car stop. Rachele Sandsbury, 45, Weymouth was arrested by Weymouth Police later that day.
The Plymouth County Fugitive Unit in Fall River arrested James Hachey, 36, from Hull, on March 1 on outstanding warrants. He has not been charged with any of these recent burglaries, though police suspect his involvement due to his record.
According to Quincy police, he led Hull and Hingham Police on a vehicle pursuit last month, and was subsequently arrested due to that incident.
Dabrolet and Sandsbury were charged with B&E nighttime felony, larceny over $250, conspiracy, larceny from a building, and malicious destruction over $250 for the Quincy incident.
Dabrolet and Shuman were charged with unarmed burglary, possession of burglary tools, larceny from a building, two counts larceny of a firearm, malicious or wanton damage to property, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The firearms stolen in the Hingham burglary were not recovered in the arrest, police said.
Dabrolet and Cherry were charged by the Boston Police Department. Their charges have not yet been released.
“This is an excellent case of 11 or 12 police departments working jointly on this investigation,” said Lt. John Steele with the Quincy police. “It was an excellent case and investigation that crossed multiple jurisdiction lines that culminated in the arrest of these 5 people.”