After 19 house break-ins in five different communities in the Boston area, police and prosecutors believe they finally have their man.
Jargle Soto-Suazo, 33, of Boston is facing charges including multiple counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, attempted breaking and entering, possession of burglarious tools, and receiving stolen property after allegedly breaking into homes in Medford, Brookline, Quincy, Watertown, and Arlington, the police departments and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a joint statement.
The break-ins happened over the last five months, authorities said.
Police were investigating the incidents when they saw Soto-Suazo acting suspiciously in the area of Colbourne Street in Brookline Thursday.
Upon further investigation, police determined he had broken into a nearby house and arrested him, authorities said.
Officers executed search warrants on his house and car and found multiple items that were reported missing in the string of break-ins, including several watches, small jewelry items, a firearm, and an iPad, authorities said.
Police believe Soto-Suazo is responsible for seven burglaries in Quincy, six in Brookline, four in Medford, one in Watertown, and one in Arlington.
He allegedly entered the homes between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. using a pry bar. Several people were at home when he allegedly pried his way into their residences, authorities said.
The incidents are still under investigation, and more charges may follow, authorities said, noting they are looking into recent burglaries in Belmont and Winchester.
Soto-Suazo pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in Brookline District Court and was ordered held on $40,000 cash bail, authorities said.
He will also be arraigned on additional charges in Quincy District Court, as well as in Middlesex County, authorities said.Breanne Kovatch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @breannekovatch.