Police: suspect in break-ins was wearing court-issued GPS monitor


 (WPRI) – Fall River police say a man accused of a string of break-ins into vehicles in the city was wearing a court-issued GPS device while allegedly committing the crimes.

Police arrested 28-year-old Brandon Arruda early Saturday morning after an investigation into several break-ins involving equipment trailers and utility trucks. A police spokesman said that video footage taken from the locations of the break-ins helped identify Arruda as the suspect, and that while looking at that footage, investigators saw that the suspect was wearing what appeared to be a GPS monitor like the kind issued to people who are on probation.

Detectives were able to confirm that Arruda was issued one and the tracking history for his device placed him at most of the crime scenes, according to a news release from the police department.

Arruda was arrested without incident and charged with five felony counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny over $1,200, three counts of vandalism, and a probation violation.

He’ll be arraigned Monday morning in Fall River District Court.

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