Scott Allen, Chief of Police
153 Central St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 30, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
East Bridgewater Police Arrest Pair After Multiple Break-Ins
EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Scott Allen reports that the East Bridgewater Police Department arrested a man and a woman Thursday on charges stemming from multiple break-ins that occurred overnight Wednesday.
ROBERT MURPHY, AGE 35, of EAST BRIDGEWATER was arrested and charged with:
- Breaking and Entering During the Nighttime for a Felony
- Receiving Stolen Property Over $250
- Receiving Stolen Property Under $250
- Possession of a Class E Substance (dextroamphetamine)
Additionally, ERICA GRIFFIN, AGE 30, of WHITMAN was charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over $250 and Receiving Stolen Property Under $250.
At approximately 8 a.m., Thursday, June 29, officers responded to the Country Convenience store on Pond Street for a report of an attempted break-in. Officers reviewed surveillance footage and observed MURPHY, who is known to police, attempting to break into the store. Police also observed GRIFFIN on the surveillance.
At 10:15 a.m., Thursday, officers observed MURPHY and GRIFFIN walking on Washington Street.
Following an investigation, officers located a car GPS unit in MURPHY and GRIFFIN’S possession with a saved home address on Washington Street where a car had been broken into Wednesday. Also in their possession was a purple umbrella matching one stolen from a car parked at another home on Washington Street.
Both items were seized as evidence and later identified by the break-in victims as their property.
The East Bridgewater Police Department is investigating a rash of nighttime car breaks in which items have been stolen from unlocked vehicles in town. Those investigations remain active and ongoing, and additional charges may be brought at a later date.
Chief Allen strongly encourages all residents and business owners to lock their vehicles.
During an inventory of MURPHY’S personal property, officers located two dextroamphetamine pills.