Warren police: Man burgled his own apartment building

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Police say one local man didn’t have to go far after deciding to break into an apartment and stealing a gun, among other items — he stayed right at his multi-family home.
Edward A. Botelho, 32, of 72 Kickemuit Road, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 29, on three counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and malicious injury to property. He was arraigned on the felony charges, assigned a public defender and later sent to the ACI on Wednesday, Oct. 30. He remains there, according to court records.
Earlier that Tuesday police got a call about several break-ins at the multi-family home in which Mr. Botelho lives. Missing were a 9mm handgun, a box of ammunition, an unknown number of Xbox video game cartridges and assorted jewelry and prescription medications. While they were talking to the complainants, one mentioned that they saw a man fitting Mr. Botelho’s description leaving one of the apartment with a bag in his hand.
The Warren Police Department’s patrol and detective division started investigating and that same day discovered that he had sold several Xbox cartridges at a video game store, and used his ID to do it. They went back to the apartment building, where he had been staying with his girlfriend, and subsequently recovered the handgun and some other items.
Mr. Botelho pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor shoplifting charge last September.

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