Monkey wrench helps woman ID robbery suspect
Police say a homeless man broke into a Framingham home on Monday and stole a monkey wrench, and was caught the next day after a resident spotted him carrying the same pilfered tool.
Joseph Beaulieu, 40, was arrested when that resident saw him outside and called police about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, said police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini.
A woman told police she ran into the man about 8:30 Monday night in a hallway in her building.
When she asked what he was doing there, he swore at her and left, Brandolini said.
Later, residents realized two windows in the basement were smashed and a monkey wrench and wirecutters appeared to be missing, Brandolini said.
The woman called police when she saw Beaulieu coming down the street Tuesday morning carrying what she believed to be the missing monkey wrench.
According to reports filed in Framingham District Court, Beaulieu said he had been at the home and stood on the porch Monday night, looking for an ex-girlfriend. Police said he denied causing any damage, breaking in or stealing anything.
Beaulieu was arrested and charged with breaking and entering for a misdemeanor and two counts of malicious destruction of property valued over $250.
By getting arrested, Beaulieu violated the conditions of release in another case he had pending in Framingham District Court. In court, he pleaded guilty to the new charges and was sentenced by Judge Sarah Singer to serve 35 days jail.
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