Crime

Reading police: Suspect identified in series of commercial break-ins

A suspect has been identified in connection with a series of commercial break-ins in Reading, police said in a statement Wednesday.

A surveillance image of the suspect.

A surveillance image of the suspect.

A 24-year-old Reading man, whose name will be released during arraignment, is allegedly responsible for 14 commercial break-ins in which he targeted several downtown retail stores, as well as the Reading Public Library, according to police.

The suspect will be summonsed to court and charged with 14 counts of breaking and entering at nighttime to commit a felony, two counts of attempted breaking and entering at nighttime, three counts of breaking and entering of a depository, nine counts of larceny over $250, two counts of larceny over $250 by use of a stolen credit card, four counts of attempt to commit larceny over $250 by use of a stolen credit card, and two counts of using motor vehicle in commission of a felony, larceny, or other crime.

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Over the course of the investigation, police said they obtained a picture of the suspect inside a store where he allegedly tried to use a stolen credit card. The surveillance image was released on social media, leading to the suspect’s identification thanks to multiple tips from the public, according to police.

The suspect is expected to appear in Woburn District Court.

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