A man was arrested on Tuesday more than 10 days after police alleged he broke into and robbed a jewelry store in Franklin, Massachusetts, escaping with what authorities said were thousands of dollars in merchandise .
Patrick Maranda, 32, of North Attleboro, was arrested at around 3 p.m. Tuesday and charged with night break and enter for felony, building theft and vandalism. He was arraigned in Wrentham District Court on Wednesday on the charges, police said.
According to Franklin Police, Maranda broke into Vallee Jewelers late July 31. Officers responded just before 10:15 p.m. at the Main Street store and found the front door smashed, apparently with a hammer. No one was inside when police arrived at the scene, but officers discovered that several display cases had been badly damaged and that there was jewelry on the floor.
Franklin Police are asking the public for help in locating a burglar who stole more than $ 10,000 in merchandise from a jewelry store.
Police estimate the suspect – later identified as Maranda – walked in and out in just two to three minutes, causing the store more than $ 10,000 in losses.
After the theft, a police dog was brought to the scene in an attempt to locate the suspect. K9 police descended several streets and appeared to end their trail where the suspect allegedly entered a vehicle and left the area.
Franklin Police had released a video from outside the jewelry store that showed the suspect crossing the street and then using the claw of a hammer at the front door. They were hoping someone would recognize the suspect in the video based on the distinctive clothing he was wearing.
Police said on Wednesday that much attention had been paid to the suspect’s clothing, prompting the company – which identified itself as Reilly Tree and Landscape of Plainville – to come forward at the start of the investigation. The company worked with investigators to identify the suspect, and it was their cooperation that aided the investigation “considerably.”
Franklin Police also thanked the Massachusetts State Police for their help in moving the case forward. Other matters were referred to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, which is now handling the case.