A Braintree man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a Braintree home.
According to police, officers were called to Liberty Street with a report that a man dressed in black and wearing a backpack was ringing doorbells and saying that he needed a cab.
Responding officers initially were unable to locate the man. But an officer remained in the area and later observed a man dressed in black and wearing a backpack walk out of the driveway of a nearby Liberty Street home.
As the officer approached him, the man ran off.
According to police, the officer chased after the man, running behind homes on Liberty Street and Lisle Street, ultimately apprehending him in the backyard of a Sun Valley Drive home.
Along the way, the suspect allegedly dropped his backpack, but officers were able to retrace his steps and locate the bag.
The backpack was searched and contained a laptop computer and numerous pieces of jewelry, later identified as the property of a Liberty Street home that had been broken into, police said.
The suspect also had jewelry and an iPod on him taken in the break, police said.
Elton N. Fernandes, 19, of Braintree was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property, receiving stolen property, and resisting arrest.
Officers said they discovered that the home that had been broken into had the rear sliding door smashed. The homeowner was contacted and returned home to identify the jewelry, iPod, and laptop.
“This is exactly the type of police/community partnership that is so critical to addressing crime in our neighborhoods,” stated Chief Russell Jenkins. “If you see suspicious behavior, be a good neighbor and call the police.”