By SCOTT JACKSON
A 33-year-old Boston man has been charged with breaking and entering into 19 homes across Greater Boston over the past five months, including seven in Quincy.
Jargle Soto-Suazo, 33, of Boston, is believed to be responsible for the uptick in housebreaks in the communities of Medford, Brookline, Quincy, Watertown and Arlington, law enforcement officials, including Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan, announced Monday. Police departments across Middlesex and Norfolk Counties have been investigating the reported crimes since September 2018.
Soto-Suazo was apprehended following an alleged break-in that occurred in Brookline on Feb. 7, officials said. As part of the ongoing joint investigation into the alleged burglaries, police from multiple departments located the defendant displaying suspicious behavior in the area of Colbourne Street in Brookline. Police subsequently identified signs of an apparent break-in at a home in a neighborhood where Brookline Police had allegedly seen the suspect leaving moments earlier. The defendant was arrested as he was leaving the scene.
A search warrant was then executed on the defendant’s Boston home and vehicle that allegedly resulted in authorities discovering multiple items, including several watches, small jewelry items, a firearm and an iPad, that were reportedly stolen from residences across multiple communities, officials said. The preliminary investigation suggests that the defendant entered the residences through second story windows between the hours of 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. using a pry bar. In several instances, residents of the homes were present during the break-ins.
Soto-Suazo was charged in connection with 19 burglaries on Monday, including seven in Quincy, six in Brookline, four in Medford and one each in Arlington and Watertown. Charges include 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, officials said. The investigation into this matter is ongoing and investigators are also looking at recent reported burglaries in Belmont and Winchester. Additional charges may follow.
Soto-Suazo was arraigned on several charges in Brookline District Court, where he pleaded not guilty, officials said; he was ordered held on $40,000 cash bail.
Soto-Suazo is expected to be arraigned in Middlesex County and Quincy District Court this week on additional charges.