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Braintree man accused of torching cars, vandalizing candy machine

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 30, 2014 11:42 AM

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Braintree man arrested after crime spree
A Braintree man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into four cars, torching two of them, and vandalizing a candy machine.

Police said they saw the suspect walking away from a car fire in the area of Pearl Street and Randall Avenue.

A witness to the fire later gave officers a description of the person he saw in the area of the crime, which matched the suspect.

Police said they additionally found evidence of the suspect at the scene of one of four cars that were broken into. The same suspect was also identified in the alleged vandalism of a candy machine at Shaw’s on Pearl Street the same evening.

“It appeared that he was attempting to break into the coin box,” police said in a release.

The officer investigating the vandalism applied for a warrant to arrest the suspect. The suspect was later arrested for the alleged car breaks.

While at the station, police said, the suspect threatened several officers.

Christian R. Moran, 41, of Braintree was charged with four counts of breaking and entering, four counts of threats to commit a crime, two counts of arson, and one count of resisting arrest.

Moran was held overnight pending his arraignment in Quincy District Court.

Police make four DUI arrests in six hours
Police said they arrested four people in unrelated drunk-driving incidents in Braintree from 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday through 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Police found the first suspect shortly after 7:30 a.m. after a motorist reported that he was following a box truck on Common Street that was being operated erratically. The witness said the suspect almost hit a car head on and almost struck a telephone pole.

Officers located the vehicle on Granite Street and pulled the car over. Police said they found a small bag containing a white substance in the car, which later tested positive for cocaine.

James M. Horrigan, 37, of Stoneham was arrested and charged with operating under the influence (fourth offense) and possession of Class B substance.

Arrests continued shortly before 11 p.m., when officers saw a vehicle in the area of John Mahar Highway and Peal Street with no headlights on.

Officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver continued until ultimately stopping on Plain Street.

Police spoke with the suspect and then placed him under arrest.

Matthew A. Darois, 32, from Weymouth was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer, and failure to display headlights.

An hour later, officers responded to a condo complex at 800 West St. to investigate a report of a man standing outside a Mercedes screaming in the parking lot.

Officers arrived and attempted to approach the vehicle, but the operator drove at the officer. Police said the car eventually stopped.

Police believe the suspect was under the influence of a narcotic.

Dimitrios Chatziliadis, 36, of Braintree was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs and assault with a dangerous weapon.

The final arrest occurred at 1:30 a.m., when police stopped another man suspected of intoxicated driving. Officers said they saw the car driving on Liberty Street with two flat tires.

Police pulled the car over and then placed the driver under arrest.

Kenneth J. Bibo, 54, of Braintree was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

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