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CANTON (CBS) – They have terrorized communities throughout the Boston area for months now, breaking into Dunkin’ Donuts stores overnight and stealing thousands of dollars. Now two brothers are under arrest and will be facing a judge.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports.
The brothers, identified as 37-year-old Peter Wallace, of Dorchester, and 33-year-old Wayne Wallace, of Quincy, were arrested over the weekend and arraigned on Monday. Police say they’ve been on the run for more than a year after hitting up more than 30 Dunkin’ Donuts locations.
“Since the beginning of the year, they’ve hit area Dunkin’ Donuts, breaking in early morning, late at night, prying through drive-thru windows or back doors,” said Chief Kenneth Berkowitz.
Police caught the suspects after they triggered an alarm at the Canton location on Saturday night. Two officers on duty nearby heard the alarm.
Police showed WBZ-TV the sledgehammer and crow bar they said the brothers used to break into the stores. The tools, along with masks, were found in the suspects’ car.
“A pry bar that’s been used in most of the cases to pry open the drive-thru window. The sledgehammer they used to knock the safe off the mooring on the floor,” Berkowitz said.
Investigators believe the pair may be behind burglaries in 21 other communities dating back to May.
“They’ve been in and out in a very short period of time. We don’t know the connection to the Dunkin’ Donuts. Past employment maybe, familiar with someone that works in the area Dunkin Donuts,” Berkowitz said.
A third suspect is still on the loose, but police are happy the brothers are off the street and behind bars.
“It’s a great feeling for us, a great job by the patrol officers. Really heads up, they kept their cool and were able to finally get them,” Berkowitz said.
Police have not been able to determine the amount of money stolen in total. The brothers face a slew of charges including robbery and breaking and entering.
WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports