Suspect Arrested in Connection with Several Local House Breaks
A man suspected for several local house breaks will soon face a judge, thanks to some quick-thinking- and lucky- citizens.
According to police, Mark Groccia, 50, of Charlestown, allegedly broke into his last home on Fourth Street on Valentine’s day after the victim and his neighbor nabbed Groccia and remained with him until police arrived. The two citizens chased Groccia and caught him outside the new Stop and Shop. They managed to call police in the process and Groccia was soon taken into custody.
Police say Groccia might be involved with several house breaks in the First Street area. Following his arrest, detectives recovered several of the stolen items at area pawn shops and second-hand stores.
Groccia, who is believed to have also lived on Second Street in addition to Charlestown, is being charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, possession of burglarious tools, and threat to commit a crime.
Despite the mens’ heroic efforts in this case, police say people should not attempt to confront suspected criminals and should instead call police as soon as they see suspicious activity.
“We do not recommend that citizens confront these criminals as these two men did. Fortunately, this situation worked out well. If a person sees a crime in progress, we ask that they call the police immediately. If they can safely follow the culprits without putting themselves or anyone else in harms way and alert the police to their whereabouts this would be a safe way of getting involved in aiding in the arrest of such criminals,” said Police Lieutenant Paul Covino in a statement.