February 26, 2016
WORCESTER – A Worcester man, arrested yesterday afternoon by the Worcester Police SWAT team, is a suspect in the theft of thousands of items during dozens of home break-ins throughout the county, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Heriberto Muniz, 38, was arraigned in Central District Court today on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, larceny of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a large capacity firearm or feeding device and larceny of property valued at more than $250.
While arguing for a $100,000 bail, Assistant District Attorney John H. Melander Jr. disclosed that Mr. Muniz was the subject of a county-wide investigation of 30 to 35 home break-ins, some of which date back five years. During two searches of the defendant’s home at 179 Gates Lane, thousands of stolen items were recovered by police.
“We have said in the past that sometimes one arrest can stop a crime wave,” Mr. Early said. “In this case we’ve had a lot cooperation among many police departments and we are not done yet.”
Mr. Muniz has open cases in East Brookfield and Clinton district courts on similar charges. Judge Patricia T. Poehler set bail at $20,000 in the Auburn case and revoked his bail on the open case out of East Brookfield District Court. His case was continued to March 25.