Steven P. Sullivan, 21, of 1914 North Main Street, Fall River was arrested Thursday afternoon at his residence by Westport investigators.
His arrest follows that last week of alleged accomplice Ray Prevost, 21, who lives with Mr. Sullivan. Mr. Prevost was a relatively new employee at Prevost and was arrested at the end of his shift the day after the theft.
On Thursday, Westport detectives officers were executing a search warrant for tools that had been used during the break-in and subsequent attempt to open the safe. During their search in Fall River, an 8-pound sledge hammer and large prybar were found by detectives.
The safe had been recovered the same day it had been stolen — Thursday, April 25.
While they had been unable to pound and pry the safe open, the thieves did manage to damage it so badly (the handle was broken off) that a local locksmith had to be brought in to gain entry. Smith Locks in Fall River eventually opened the safe after drilling into it for about 30 minutes. The contents — cash and company records, were intact.
During the one-week long investigation investigators sought the assistance of Swansea, Fall River and Dartmouth police as the plot unraveled. Westport Detective Jeff Majewski said the actual break-in involved at least four people, all of whom eventually cooperated with police.
Mr. Sullivan was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, breaking or injuring a safe, vault or depository (20-year felony), malicious destruction of property over $250, larceny over $250 and conspiracy to commit those crimes.
He was held on a $5,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Fall River Second District Court Friday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Majewski at (508) 636-1122.