BOSTON (CBS) – Four people were arrested after an investigation into a series of break-ins at Quincy and Taunton restaurants yielded a haul of stolen amazon packages.
Jason Geddes, Dharol Joyner, Daniel Vo, and Edward Nugent were arrested on Tuesday following an extensive investigation.
The suspects were accused of smashing cash boxes and forcibly ripping safes from the restaurants.
During a search of Joyner’s home, police found dozens of unopened Amazon packages and other boxes addressed to residents in the greater Boston area.
Police believe Joyner stole the packages while working part-time as a delivery contractor.
“Through these efforts, we’re able to stop these break-ins and send dozens of holiday gifts home to families where they belong,” said Attorney General Maura Healey.
Healey’s office has been in touch with Amazon and is returning the items so they can be delivered by Christmas.
Geddes and Joyner are charged in connection with a break-in at Wendy’s in Quincy on December 14. Nugent was arraigned on charged connected to a Taunton Wendy’s.
Vo will be arraigned at a later date.
During the investigation, police located guns, ammunition, prybars, a crowbar, a sledgehammer and other evidence.
The ring of thieves had been targeting small businesses in Boston and Brookline, mostly. Then police noticed a pattern, and law enforcement began trading information. “To break this ring required extensive cooperation between agencies,” said Brookline Police Chief Dan O’Leary.
Healey’s office teamed up with Massachusetts State Police and officers from Boston, Brookline, Quincy, Taunton, Medford, Hanover, and Stoughton.
“I commend the work of all the officers involved in this investigation. Outcomes like this happen because of the strong relationships already in place with our local and state law enforcement partners,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.