Teen arrested for Lawrence house break in
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A 14-year-old turned himself in to police Wednesday in connection to a Lawrence home break in that was caught on surveillance camera.
Police had already arrested Jose Grullon, 25, in connection to the break in.
"They came in and essentially surrendered," said Chief John Romero, Lawrence Police Department.
The 14-year-old boy showed up to the Lawrence police headquarters with his mother and admitted he was the suspect police were looking for.
"He indicated his role and it's still an active investigation because there was quite a bit of jewelry was taken as well as money," Chief Romero said. "Usually when you have young burglars they're looking for things like video games and things like that. Not so much going out and taking a safe."
Two burglars tampered with surveillance video thinking the cameras wouldn’t catch them breaking into a Lawrence home through a bathroom window.
Surveillance cameras were in fact rolling.
Police say the two suspects used a crow bar to pry the window open.
Surveillance video also shows the suspects casing the home. Police say the two suspects thought they had outsmarted the homeowner by disabling the surveillance system altogether -- but they were wrong.
“We were told that probably the cameras didn’t work,” Chief Romero said.
Several days later, police say the homeowner put the system back together and discovered that there was evidence. Authorities say the picture of the suspect was so clear that the homeowner was able to help them make an arrest.
“We get a call from the victim, by the way, one of the individuals who was seen on the tape breaking into their house was on Lawrence Street. Police converged on the location -- five officers there was a foot pursuit,” said Chief John Romero.
Police arrested Jose Grullon, 25, who investigators say he and his 14-year-old accomplice stole a safe filled with jewelry worth about $10,000 as well as cash. Police haven't recovered it.
“The one crime where the victims and the perpetrators don’t meet, generally. So when you have footage, cameras and a surveillance system it’s great. In this case it resulted in an arrest of one male and hopefully the arrest of a second male,” said Chief Romero.
Grullon was arraigned Monday. The 14-year-old boy is due in court Thursday.