Reporting Ken MacLeod
REVERE (CBS) – He looks like any other customer, but the man seen moving a lot of things out of a Revere storage facility is a crook.
Police said the thief broke into dozens of storage units over 10 days and used a cart to wheel out other people’s belongings.
In one instance, cameras spotted the suspect opening a security gate with someone else’s access code, before parking his vehicle out back.
WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports
Sgt. Steven Pisano of the Revere Police Department said they had trouble making out the license plate on the vehicle. “In one instance it had been covered up,” said Pisano.
Following televised reports, police received information that led them to arrest 40-year-old Daniel C. Stimpson Tuesday night.
Police say Stimpson, who lives in Winthrop, faces eight charges in connection with the thefts, but that number will likely rise.
He will be arraigned in Chelsea District Court Wednesday morning.
On surveillance video, the suspect was spotted picking out a storage locker, apparently at random. He then pulled something from his belt and forced open the lock.
During his initial break-ins, the suspect would swipe stuff by the armful, but he quickly graduated to loading up a handcart with stolen TV’s, guitars, and tools that he’d then roll out to his getaway car.
“He’s very comfortable with what he has been doing,” said Sgt. Pisano. “It’s like a kid taking a cookie out of a cookie jar.”
It was only after several customers encountered those broken locks and reported things missing that police requested a bin-to-bin inspection, which revealed 79 break-ins.
The thefts came to a sudden stop on Jan. 26.
By then, police were combing through surveillance clips, noting the crook becomes more camera-aware over time by concealing his face at the gate and hiding behind his hoodie as he rolls off with the stolen booty.
Police aren’t sure if suspect was pawning it or selling the items on the street.