ATTLEBORO — A city plow truck driver helped police nab a break-in suspect early this morning, moments after officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm at a South Attleboro smoke shop.
Plow driver Seth Slater told responding officers he saw two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and backpacks walking on Route 1, a short distance from the 1:30 a.m. break-in at Puffins Smoke Shop, police said.
Patrolman Joseph Daday was checking the area and spotted a man about 10 minutes later matching the description walking in the Del’s Lemonade parking lot, about 200 yards away, according to police.
A subsequent investigation revealed the man had a backpack containing glass bongs and other merchandise allegedly stolen from Puffins Smoke Shop.
The suspect, Alexander D. Regan, 20, of 331 Robinson Ave., South Attleboro, was arraigned today in Attleboro District Court on charges of breaking and entering and defacing property. An innocent plea was entered by the court.
Police say Regan admitted to the break-in in a videotaped statement to Detective Kevin Fuoco and Patrolman Brian Kelley. Regan allegedly told police he acted alone.
Prosecutor Brianna Correira told the court that Regan used a BB gun to break the glass door and then pushed the glass pane in to gain entry into the smoke shop.
Police found the BB gun on top of a trash container behind the store and say Regan’s boots matched the boot prints in snow leading to the smoke shop. Police say they also found broken glass in his jacket pocket.
Also assisting in the investigation were officers Rafael Ruano, Larry Velino Jr. and Sgt. Dennis Fleming.
Regan was arrested in July for allegedly breaking into a dozen cars in South Attleboro and was released on his own recognizance. He pleaded innocent and he is challenging the legal basis for his arrest in that case, Fall River defense lawyer Todd Greenberg said.
The prosecution wanted a judge to revoke Regan’s bail and hold him in jail without bail, citing the July case, the circumstances today’s arrest and his apparent substance abuse issues.
But Judge Stephen Ostrach sided with Greenberg, who argued that Regan had substance abuse issues but has only recently gotten in trouble with the law. Regan was ordered held in jail on $500 cash bail with a sharp warning from Ostrach to avoid violating his bail conditions again or risk going to jail.
He is due back in court again on March 18.