Waltham Man Nabbed After String of Break Ins Around Watertown

Watertown Police suspect the man of stealing items from cars, and trying to break into two buildings.


A Waltham man faces charges from a string of break ins around Watertown on the morning of July 30.

Police received a call about a man looking into cars inside a Galen Street garage and possibly breaking into them and taking items, said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn.

"One witness stated he saw a male in a car going through the center console, and came out carrying a GPS device," Lawn said. 

Police searched the building and found a man carrying some small boxes and a backpack.

"The officer recognized the man as Bruce Demelo from prior incidents in Watertown," Lawn said. 

Police discovered that Demelo had allegedly tried to break into buildings in other parts of town the same morning, Lawn said.

A man living on Main Street heard his door bell ring at 5:42 a.m., and when he answered with the intercom no one was there. 

"He went inside and saw a man at the rear door and window trying to remove a screen," Lawn said. "He confronted (the suspect) and the suspect fled the scene."

Later he identified the man who tried to enter his home as Demelo, Lawn said.

Police also received a call from Sasaki Associates on Pleasant Street about a man trying to break into the building. 

"At 6:30 a.m. an employee heard a loud crash and found someone was trying to break in," Lawn said. "The employee found a broken window."

Police also tied this incident to Demelo, Lawn said.

Demelo, of 39 Clinton St. in Waltham, faces two counts of daytime breaking and entering of a vehicle for a felony, larceny from a building, and nighttime breaking and entering of a building for a felony, Lawn said.


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