Dartmouth police have arrested a New Bedford man who they say is responsible for three car break-ins in town.

On Monday, Dartmouth Police Officer Manuel Demelo responded to St. John Street after receiving a call from a local resident stating that he had just seen a man break into his vehicles.

Upon arrival, Demelo located a man matching the description of the suspect. While questioning the man, the officer learned that another vehicle in the area had also been broken into.

Following an investigation, Demelo arrested Michael Carreiro, 38, of South Sixth Street, New Bedford. He was subsequently charged with three counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, three counts of larceny under $250, and one count of receiving stolen property under $1,200.

“Car breaks have been a continuous and ongoing problem for us, and this arrest is the perfect example as to why we are repetitively encouraging citizens to immediately call us when they see someone suspicious in the area,” according to Chief Brian P. Levesque.

In association with their “If you like it, lock it” campaign, Dartmouth Police recently released a video featuring tips on how to avoid being a victim of a car break.

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