Edgartown police arrested two 12 year olds in connection with a breaking and entering at Sandpiper Realty.
The two boys, one an Edgartown resident and another who lives in West Tisbury, are not being identified by the police. They are scheduled to be arraigned in December in juvenile court on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building, and malicious destruction of property.
Det. Sgt. Chris Dolby said that on Nov. 19 police were called to the downtown Edgartown real estate office where a back window was smashed and two computer towers and one monitor were reported stolen. Detective Dolby said tins of Altoids were also taken, leading police to think that younger kids were involved.
A call from neighbors about hearing glass breaking on the night of Nov. 18 led police to look at Vineyard Transit Authority surveillance videos, which allowed police to identify one of the children shown in the area during the time frame.
After speaking with the child’s parents, Mr. Dolby said, some of the computer equipment was recovered. The 12 year old was uncooperative, he said, and was arrested and taken to the station.
There, he told the truth and led police to the other child, whose parents brought him to the station, Detective Dolby said. He said the children told their parents that the computers were going to be recycled and were given to them at school.
News about the theft at Sandpiper led to another crime. Detective Sergeant Dolby said on Monday morning, the Dock Street Diner was broken into via a smashed window, with $300 missing from a cash box and register.
The owner was concerned about an employee with an admitted substance abuse problem, he said, and that employee confessed to the theft, saying he did it after reading about the other break-in.
Patrick McHugh, 26, of Edgartown, will be arraigned on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building, and malicious destruction of property.
A third downtown Edgartown break-in that does not appear to be related to the others remains unsolved, Detective Dolby said. On Nov. 17, clothing, bracelets, and bright pink shopping bags were stolen from the clothing store Suka.