Man charged after allegedly breaking into a car and stealing items in Chelsea

An Everett man on probation for various offenses pleaded not guilty in Chelsea District Court to charges after he allegedly stole a number of items from a car, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

Leland Butler, 35, was charged with receiving stolen property over $250, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, according to the district attorney’s office. At Butler’s arraignment on Wednesday, Judge Benjamin Barnes imposed $500 bail. He is to return to court on March 6.

Butler was arrested just after 12 a.m. on Wednesday after Chelsea police officers saw him standing in front of a Bellingham Square market holding a computer printer box. Having recognized him from previous offenses, the officers approached him, Conley’s office said.

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As the officers walked toward him, Butler allegedly dropped the box and ran. He led police on a foot chase during which he jumped over a fence and ran in and out of traffic, prosecutors said.

Officers initially arrested Butler for trespassing through a private yard during the chase. They then searched his backpack and, besides allegedly finding glass believed to be from a broken car window, they said they found a designer handbag with a Marshall’s price tag still attached, woman’s designer sunglasses, a a woman’s change purse, a GPS device, phone chargers, various gift cards, and discount club membership cards. Butler also had men’s cologne and women’s perfume in his pockets, prosecutors said.

Butler is currently on three years of probation after serving two years in state prison for possession of burglarious tools, breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, and three counts of destruction of property. Those cases took place in Chelsea as well, Conley’s office said.