GPS Bracelet Links Alleged Serial Burglar to Break-Ins

BOSTON, Aug. 3, 2015—A Roslindale man wearing a GPS monitor as a condition of bail in an earlier burglary case was arraigned today for two weekend break-ins after his victims walked in on him in the act, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ERNEST HALEY (D.O.B. 4/16/86) was arraigned today in West Roxbury Municipal Court on three counts of unarmed burglary.  Assistant District Attorney Tai Antoine requested bail of $75,000 and that Haley’s bail be revoked in an open case charging armed burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery for which he was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court in June.  Judge Ernest Sarason set bail in the amount of $7,500, revoked the defendant’s open bail, and ordered him held for violating the conditions of his probation in a 2014 case in which he was received an 18-month suspended sentence on charges of malicious destruction of property, threats, and two counts of assault and battery.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police received a report of a break-in at a Metropolitan Avenue residence at approximately 1:45 a.m. Sunday.  While en route to the scene, officers observed a male walking on Washington Street who matched the suspect’s description.  As officers turned their cruiser around to speak with the man, he took off running through a Washington Street yard. 

As he fled from officers, the man later identified as Haley discarded a backpack in a Washington Street yard.  He was later found in a Wellsmere Road yard and taken into custody.  A GPS monitor that he had been ordered to wear as a condition of his bail in the earlier burglary case placed him in the area of the Metropolitan Avenue break-in at the time it occurred, prosecutors said.

Officers spoke with the victims and learned that the man and woman had returned home to find a man in their upstairs hallway.  The suspect allegedly forced open a window to enter the home and fled through a backdoor after encountering the victims.

As they were leaving the scene, officers were approached by a woman who reported that her Washington Street apartment had been broken into.  She reported a camera, two pairs of designer sunglasses, and a jar of change stolen.  Each of those items was found inside the backpack Haley discarded as he fled, along with nine pairs of underwear belonging to the victim.

Haley will return to court Aug. 25.




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