Somerville Police arrested one man and three juveniles who allegedly tried but failed to break into a safe with almost $7,000 in it Friday.
Police said they received a report at approximately 1:40 p.m. Friday that a juvenile and several other kids had dragged in a safe at 55 Ossipee Road and were trying to break into it.
When police arrived at the home, they discovered juveniles and 20-year-old Christopher Richards, 20, of Medford, behind the house around a safe that had been heavily damaged, according to a police report.
Police said a crowbar, shovel, screwdriver and nail-puller were strewn around the safe, and a powdery substance from the walls of the cracked safe was all over the tools, the man and the juveniles.
One of the juveniles told police that the safe belonged to his aunt, according to a police report. When police spoke to a guardian of a juvenile who lives on Ossipee Road, she said she had heard banging coming from the back yard but was unsure what was occurring until one of the juveniles came inside and said something about a safe, according to the police report.
Richards, 20, of Medford, along with two juveniles from Everett and one from Somerville were charged with receiving stolen property, breaking into a depository and possession of burglarious tools.
Police then took the safe as evidence to the police station where they were able to open the safe and take an inventory of what it contained. Police said there was $6,880 in cash inside the safe, along with two digital cameras, gold and silver bracelets, a red Nintendo 3DS, personal papers, passports and a rubber piggy bank full of coins.