Newton Police have issued arrest warrants for two New York City men on charges they broke into a series of homes owned by Asian-Americans last year, Mayor Rutheanne Fuller reported this afternoon.
Both suspects have past histories of breaking and entering and burglary and one was found to be incarcerated in New York.
Fuller said Newton Det. Peter Koerber cracked the case, which started last June, when he noticed similarities to break-ins in other towns, including in New York and New Jersey.
Day by day, he built the case until he obtained several search warrants, gathered a variety of evidence, and ultimately identified the two suspects. Det. Koerber presented his case to Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and the arrest warrants were issued.
In all five Newton cases, one of the men would break into a house, then snatch jewelry, cash, and handbags, police said last year.