South Boston man, sought in Cambridge break-ins, is allegedly found with bag of drugs, cash

A 44-year-old South Boston man who was being arrested on a warrant for breaking into houses in Cambridge dropped a duffle bag containing drugs and a hefty amount of cash, authorities alleged.

Scott Vining allegedly fled as he was about to be arrested Wednesday in Saugus on warrants from Cambridge District Court on charges of larceny over $250 and breaking and entering in the Cambridgeport neighborhood, Cambridge police said.

Vining was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail in Cambridge District Court Thursday. The judge also ordered that Vining have no contact with the victim or witnesses in the house breaks, stay free of drugs and alcohol, and be subject to random drug screenings, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said.

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During a short foot chase, Vining allegedly discarded a black duffle bag. After police caught him, police said they opened the bag and found 18 grams of cocaine, 9 ounces of the drug “bath salts,” and 38 grams of oxycodone pills. All the drugs were packaged for distribution.

Authorities also found drug paraphernalia, $8,000 in cash, and items believed to have been stolen during one of the housebreaks, a police report said.

Vining was charged with possession of a Class B drug, possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug, and trafficking in cocaine, police said.

Cambridgeport “has been victimized by numerous housebreaks and we hope this arrest will increase the safety and security of the area,” Cambridge Police Deputy Superintendent Paul Ames said in a statement.

Police also discovered Vining was being sought on warrants from Malden District Court for breaking and entering and Suffolk Superior Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Cambridge police spokesman Dan Riviello said.