B&E suspect arrested in Harwich

HARWICH – The Harwich Police Department reports that it has been investigating a rash of residential and commercial breaking-and-entering incidents that have occurred in a small area within West Harwich. The breaking and entering incidents have resulted in the theft of televisions, electronics, tools and other household items. In one related incident an elderly resident awoke to find their vehicle on blocks in the driveway and tires and wheels stolen.

Investigators were able to develop a suspect in the case and recover some stolen items. This led to an arrest warrant being issued out of Orleans District Court for Douglas Bearse, 55, who had recently moved to the area and was residing at 40 Route 28 in West Harwich.

On Friday December 18, detectives of the Harwich Police Department, along with officers of the Carver Police Department attempted to place Douglas Bearse under arrest at a relative’s house in Carver. Bearse fled the residence on foot and was subsequently apprehended in a wooded area of Carver with the assistance of a K9 officer from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. Bearse was transported to the Harwich Police Department where he was booked and subsequently charged with 7 counts of Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime with the Intent to Commit a Felony, 7 counts of Larceny from a Building, 5 counts of Destruction of Property and Larceny over $250 from a person over the age of 60.

At the time of his arrest, Bearse was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant issued out of Boston District Court for Receiving Stolen Property. He has 171 prior criminal arraignments.

Bearse was held and arraigned on Monday in Orleans District Court where he pled not guilty and was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail.

Media release provided by the Harwich Police Department

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