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Same jewelry stolen twice in one day, Braintree police say

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 5, 2010 10:43 AM

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Police say that a Braintree resident's jewelry was stolen twice the same day, the second time by her grandson.

The first part of the story involves Christopher MacDonald, 25, of Dorchester, who was arrested Monday after an off-duty Boston police officer saw him allegedly break into a Braintree home.

MacDonald was walking down Jefferson Street carrying a backpack when he walked into the back yard of the home, then left several minutes later, police said. He then approached a Washington Street home, but decided against going in and continued to walk through the neighborhood, police said.

When the Boston police officer called for back-up, MacDonald allegedly fled from the sirens and hid in the Registry of Motor Vehicles on Plain Street, where he was found and taken into custody.

The backpack was found in a nearby dumpster with pieces of jewelry, coins, and paperwork identifying the backpack as MacDonald’s, police said.

MacDonald was placed under arrest and charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, receiving stolen property over $250, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

When officers returned to the Jefferson home, they saw that the bulkhead door had been kicked in.

Although officers were not able to reach the homeowner, a neighbor contacted the homeowner’s grandson, Matthew Mikenas, 25, who lived with his grandmother.

Mikenas arrived at the house with a friend, and after showing detectives where his grandmother kept her jewelry, which was in disarray, police determined that the jewelry had been stolen. Police then returned the items to Mikenas.

Later than day, officers spotted two men acting suspiciously outside of Cash for Gold, a South Shore Plaza site that, according to police, has unwittingly purchased stolen jewelry in the past.

According to police, Matthew Taylor, 24, of Whitman was stopped while on his way to his car and questioned. When detectives found that the car belonged to Mikenas, the grandson in the Jefferson Street burglary, police grew suspicious.

Detectives from the earlier robbery arrived and identified Taylor as the friend who had accompanied Mikenas to the house. Mikenas was then found walking in the mall.

Detectives believe the two men acted together to steal the returned jewelry belonging to Mikenas’s grandmother, hoping that the theft would be blamed on the earlier burglary.

The jewelry was seized from Cash for Gold and later identified by the homeowner as belonging to her.

Mikenas was also charged with possession of suboxone after half of a pill was discovered in his pocket, police said.

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