A Framingham man who allegedly broke into two Hingham homes on Thursday morning was arrested and charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs.
According to Hingham police, the suspect was found leaving a Hingham home on Jarvis Avenue at 9:40 a.m., after the homeowner returned home and walked up to the front door.
The suspect subsequently came out of the same door and ran towards Downer Avenue, police said. The resident called "911" and described the suspect, who was wearing a hat and sweatshirt at the time, police said.
Officers responded to the area and within five minutes of the initial call and spotted a man quickly walking away on Governor Long Road.
The man was sweating profusely, out of breath, had mud on his sneakers, appeared disheveled, and was talking on his cell phone, police said.
Police said they stopped the man and discovered suboxone pills in his possession, for which the suspect admitted he did not have a prescription. Additionally, officers found a case in his possession containing items known as “the works” – syringes, pieces of cotton, tie off elastic bands, and a burner.
The man also had prescription medication belonging to another home on Jarvis Avenue, police said, but the man denied involvement in any of the break-ins.
Residents reported to officers that they had seen a man run across the causeway off Downer Avenue, which at low tide is accessible to cross. Witnesses further stated that they saw the man remove a hat and sweatshirt and discard a bag.
Officers recovered those items and soon discovered another bag containing jewelry and used latex gloves in the backyard of a home on Downer Avenue, police said.
A State Police K9 was then brought on scene – the town’s K9 was at training – and tracked from the backyard of Downer Avenue to the area on Governor Long Road where officers had taken the suspect into custody.
Police believe two houses were broken into on Jarvis Avenue. Both homes had been entered through doors that had been unlocked.
Police have charged Peter Michael Clear, 36, from Framingham with breaking and entering in the daytime (felony), breaking and entering (felony), possession of a Class B substance (suboxone), possession of a class B Substance (acetaminophen and codeine), possession of a Class E substance (diovan), two counts of receiving stolen property under $250, receiving stolen property over $250, and two counts of larceny of a drug.
Clear is being held without bail at the Hingham Police Station. He is to be arraigned at Hingham District Court on Friday.
Hingham Police and The Old Colony Police Anti Crime Task Force (OCPAC) are continuing to investigate the break-ins.