Rockland, Quincy men sentenced in Lexington, Concord thefts

Ian B. Murphy

Two men who broke into Lexington Center businesses last December were sentenced Thursday to five years at Walpole State Prison.

Erik Flynn, 32, of Rockland, and Kevin Ciliberto, 27, of Quincy, were arrested Dec. 19, 2007 after police found evidence linking them to Dec. 9 crimes in Concord and Dec. 15 crimes in Lexington. During searches in Rockland and Quincy, police found jewelry and a laptop that had been taken from Lexington Center businesses as well as items from Concord.

On Thursday, Flynn and Ciliberto were sentenced to five years in prison with five years probation, after pleading guilty. They were charged with several counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building, and malicious destruction of property, according to Lt. Joseph O’Leary of the Lexington Police Department.

“Although being sentenced to jail takes these two off the street, there are obviously several others out there committing similar crimes,” O’Leary said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to investigate those crimes, and identify those responsible.”

Lexington police have responded to 14 calls for commercial breakins in the last two weeks. O’Leary said police have asked store owners to report suspicious behavior, keep less cash in their businesses, inspect doors and windows before leaving at night, and test their alarm systems.

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