The suspect may also be responsible for similar thefts in Braintree, Quincy and Boston, police said.

BOSTON – A Brockton man who was charged Tuesday with stealing a cash register from a busy coffee shop may be responsible for similar thefts in three communities, police said.

Officers assigned to District B-3 in Mattapan responded to Dunkin’ Donuts, at 1621 Blue Hill Ave., about 7:45 a.m. for a report of an unarmed robbery.

The employee told police that a man entered the coffee shop and ordered a doughnut, which he paid for in change. But when the employee opened the cash register, the suspect jumped over the counter, pushed the worker and fled with the register drawer, police said in a written statement.

When the call was dispatched over the radio, a description was given of the male suspect and officers were told he fled in a U-Haul box truck with a female passenger onto Cummins Highway.

While officers were interviewing the victim at the store, additional officers searching the area located a U-Haul in the area of Walk Hill and Harvard streets that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.

“When officers attempted to make a stop of the truck, the vehicle took off, striking another car and running through a red light,” police said in the statement. “The U-Haul eventually stopped in the area of Hazelton Street and the operator fled on foot while the female passenger stayed on scene“

Officers quickly located the male suspect hiding next to a garage and say they identified him as 53-year-old James Anthony Brown of Brockton.

“As officers apprehended Brown, they observed numerous denominations of U.S. paper currency in the snow as he stood up,” police said. “Brown was positively identified as the suspect who robbed the Dunkin’ Donuts.”

Brown was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery, failing to stop for police, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash that caused property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for a red light and a marked lanes violation.

Police also learned that Brown had a warrant out of Wrentham District Court on charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery.

“Boston police are working with outside agencies to investigate the possibility that Brown is responsible for several similar robbery incidents at other Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s in Boston, Quincy and Braintree,” police said.