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State briefs: Cape Cod police arrest suspected ‘obit bandit’


Monday, February 12, 2018

Cape Cod police arrest suspected ‘obit bandit’

BARNSTABLE — Police have arrested a man who they say broke into people’s homes while they attended wakes or funeral services.

Authorities say they began to suspect the 35-year-old Plymouth man during an investigation into a series of break-ins on Cape Cod.

The man had previously served an 18-month prison sentence on a 2012 conviction for breaking into a police officer’s home as the officer attended his mother’s funeral.

Barnstable police say they began following the man’s car Friday while other officers went to homes of residents attending funeral services.

Officers discovered a break-in in Cotuit and pulled the man over. Police arrested him after finding jewelry in his sweatshirt pockets.

The man, who police nicknamed the “obit bandit,” is facing multiple charges including felony breaking and entering.

2nd high school student dies after getting struck

NEEDHAM — Police say the second high school student struck by a vehicle while crossing a street over the weekend has died.

Needham police say 17-year-old Adrienne Garrido died at the hospital Sunday after being struck by a vehicle near Needham High School at about 5 p.m. Saturday.

Sixteen-year-old Talia Newfield died at the hospital soon after being struck.

Talia’s father described the girls as best friends.

Both were juniors and members of the track team, which competed on Sunday wearing black and white ribbons bearing their teammates’ initials.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office Monday said two vehicles were involved, and both drivers remained at the scene and spoke to investigators.

The investigation remains underway and no charges have been announced.