WESTPORT — A Fall River man with a lengthy criminal record is back in custody after violating his parole on a series of home break-ins.

On June 22 at approximately 8:36 p.m. the Westport Police Department received a phone call from a resident at 222 Blossom Road stating her house was recently broken into.  Preliminary investigation by Officer David Arruda revealed several rooms had been rummaged through and that approximately $4,000 of assorted jewelry was stolen.

On the same day, Fall River Police Officer Tyler Andrade contacted Westport Police regarding a stolen moped from Fall River which may have been used in this breaking and entering.  The owner of the moped stated he allowed 58-year-old Raymond Bertrand, of Fall River to borrow it.

When Bertrand later returned to Fall River without the moped, the owner questioned the whereabouts about his property. Bertrand stated he had to stow the moped behind White’s of Westport because he had broken into some homes in Westport and needed to get rid of it. The owner also observed Bertrand carrying bags with unknown contents.

Officers Fernando Goncalves and Turner Ryan canvassed the wooded area and located the moped, helmet, some of the suspected property, and prescription bottles with the victim’s name on Blossom Road - not far from the scene of the breaking and entering.

On June 23, Bertrand was placed into custody after he violated the curfew established for his release.  While being placed into custody Bertrand was found in possession of a bag of jewelry matching the description of the stolen jewelry.

More stolen jewelry was located at Bertrand’s previous GPS locations by Detective Robert Rebello, Parole Officers Shawna Hawksley and Dylan Shirley.

Bertrand has a lengthy criminal past with three previous convictions for breaking and entering.  He is currently being held at the Bristol County House of Correction on a parole violation.

Westport Police are actively seeking information about Bertrand regarding any other possible criminal activity.

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