Off-Duty Brookline Police Officer Catches Alleged Package Thief

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(Brookline Police)

BROOKLINE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man police say was stealing packages from homes in Brookline and Brighton was arrested Thursday, with the help of an off-duty Brookline police officer.

Juan Guillermo Jr., 38 of Lawrence, is charged with breaking and entering during the daytime, several counts of larceny, possession of burglarious tools, larceny in a building, and multiple counts of receiving stolen property.

Around 4:16 p.m. Thursday, the off-duty officer noticed Guillermo acting suspicious inside a multi-story apartment building on Beacon Street. The officer said he saw Guillermo put a package from someone's doorstep into a GrubHub bag.

When the officer asked what he was doing, Guillermo allegedly said he was just making a delivery, as he claimed to work for GrubHub and DoorDash.

It was later determined Guillermo hadn't made deliveries for either company in weeks—but that Guillermo had used a screwdriver to pick a lock and gain entry to the building.

Police found that a white Dodge Caravan parked nearby on Fairbanks Street was registered to Guillermo, and could see several Amazon packages inside.

A search warrant was executed on the van, and Guillermo was arrested. He's set to be arraigned Friday in Brookline District Court.

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