Police arrested a man accused of breaking and entering, after one resident in the neighborhood called police about suspicious activity.
According to police, the 81-year-old woman was in her North Quincy house at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday when she saw a man she didn’t recognize in her neighborhood. The man was allegedly riding down the street on his bicycle and going into people’s backyards.
The woman called police, who arrived on scene shortly thereafter. The woman pointed to the direction of London Avenue, where she saw the man go.
Officers checked the area and found the man at 52 London Ave. in the backyard. Officers asked what he was doing on the property, and he said he was visiting his girlfriend who was dog sitting at the house.
As officers questioned the man further, the story didn't make sense, Quincy police said.
Officers noted that the basement window was broken out. When police asked the suspect if he broke into the house, the man said that he had. Police searched the man’s backpack and reported finding an iPod, jewelry, and DVDs.
A search of the area found that a house at 5 Amsterdam also appeared as if somoene had tried to break in, but did not gain entry.
Police contacted the owner of 52 London Ave., who came to the police station and identified much of the jewelry and the iPod. Several pieces of jewelry did not belong to the victim, however.
Mark O’Shea, 40, from Arlington, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and attempted breaking and entering.
Police credit the arrest from the neighbor’s cooperation.
“Without it, we don’t make the arrest. We need citizens to be the eyes and ears all the time],” Lieutenant Jack Sullivan said. “People don’t have to follow [suspects] or confront them … but he didn’t look like a delivery man or door-to-door salesman [so she called].”