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Police make arrest in string of Amherst car break-ins

Jose Laboy

Jose Laboy

Jose Laboy, 40, was arrested Wednesday at 3 p.m. at his home on a charge of receiving stolen property over $250, said Lt. Ronald Young, head of the Amherst Police Detective Bureau.

Young said an extensive investigation by Amherst detectives linked Laboy to an August break-in in which a vehicle’s window was smashed and an iPhone was stolen.

The recovery of the iPhone allowed police to bring a charge against Laboy, Young said.

The investigation has tracked down many items, including jewelry, credit cards and electronic equipment, stolen from vehicles in Amherst which were recovered in Amherst and other area communities .

Young said additional charges are expected to be brought against Laboy.

Laboy was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown and is being held at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction in lieu of cash bail.

Young said Laboy is likely not the only person who has been responsible for break-ins to vehicles in Amherst in recent months.

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