MARSHFIELD — Officers and a police dog on Wednesday night tracked down a suspected burglar near the intersection of Commerce Way and Enterprise Drive, an area that has been the location of several recent thefts, police said.
Craig Rogers, 40, of Pembroke, is charged with felony breaking and entering, possession of burglarious instruments, and use of a motor vehicle to commit theft. He was arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Thursday. Bail was set at $5,000.
A Marshfield police officer noticed a parked car on the side of the road near the intersection at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Inside the car police found black gloves, wire cutters, a large flashlight, three sets of bolt cutters and "various other tools" commonly used for breaking and entering, police said.
Officers and a K9 unit searched the area and found Rogers as he was coming out the back door of a business on Enterprise Drive that was closed, police said. A side door in the building had been forced open, police said, and the vehicle parked nearby was registered to Rogers. When police stopped him, they found a folding knife, flashlight, ski mask and gloves on him.
"We've had some issues up there with building materials being stolen recently," Marshfield police Lt. Arthur Shaw said.
Rogers is due back in court for a pretrial hearing March 21.
There have been a number of home break-ins across the South Shore in the past week, but Shaw said there is no reason to believe those instances are related to Wednesday night's arrest.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, a man in a ski mask was caught by an Ocean Street resident after breaking into a home in Marshfield. On Tuesday, a resident of Neal Gate Street in Scituate found a masked man dressed in dark clothing standing in his kitchen. The same day, a Meadow Brook Road resident in Norwell reported finding their wallet and credit cards in the driveway. Detectives believe someone entered the home in the middle of the night, police said.
Police are asking residents with information about any of the crimes to contact the appropriate police department.
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