Tri-Town tranquility has been interrupted recently by a string of home and vehicle break-ins, but the teamwork of local authorities is making progress towards bringing the thieves to justice.
After their town experienced multiple break-ins of houses and vehicles, the Rochester Police Department announced Friday, July 18 that they made an arrest in one of the break-ins, and that they believe the suspect could possibly be linked to other crimes in their town.
Rochester Officer Kevin Flynn, in conjunction with the Freetown Police Department, obtained an arrest warrant for 24-year old Kelly F. Sorelle of Dr. Braley Road in Freetown as a result of his investigation with a break-in on Benson Road in Rochester.
Police allege that Sorelle tripped the alarm at the Benson Road home after gaining entry through a window, and she fled out the front door prior to police arrival. Nothing was taken from the home.
Sorelle was taken into custody on Thursday, July 17. Police are investigating whether Sorelle could be connected to some of the other break-ins that have recently occurred in the town. She is being charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, trespassing, and destruction of property.
Rochester Chief of Police Paul Magee praised the work of his officers on this case in a press release dated July 18, saying, “The patrol staff has been working hard to solve these cases. They are committed to catching the people responsible.”
The chief also praised the cooperation between departments.
“Because Rochester, Freetown and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department worked together so well, cases like these get solved.”
The Mattapoisett Police Department is also working with area towns to solve two car break-ins. The first one occurred at Crescent Beach at night in the first week of July when a car window was broken and some loose change was stolen. Another car window was broken at the parking lot of Turk’s Restaurant on 83 Marion Road at approximately 5:00 pm.
Mattapoisett Police Chief Mary Lyons said during a phone interview on July 21 that the two break-ins might be related.
“If you see something suspicious, call us immediately,” said Lyons. “Always remember to lock up your cars and remove your valuables.”
Marion has experienced two break-ins and a stolen vehicle, beginning with a car being broken into on the evening of Friday, July 11. The passenger side window was smashed and a pocketbook was stolen from the front seat.
Two crimes took place on Tuesday, July 15 when a truck was stolen after 11:00 pm on Briggs Lane and the owner’s debit card was used some hours later in Fall River. On the morning of July 16, a neighbor discovered that their license plate had been stolen the night before. That same night, a car was broken into on Inland Road when a window was smashed and a wallet was taken.
As of press time, no additional break-ins have been reported in any of the three towns.
By Sean McCarthy