DARTMOUTH — Dartmouth police caught a New Bedford man suspected of breaking into a car near Bliss Corner last week, after he was found walking near the crime scene.

Police said 51-year-old Rodney French Boulevard resident Joaquim Fortes has been arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering into a vehicle and larceny of property under $1,200.

According to police, at around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a home on Walsh Street for a reported car break.

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As officers Colby Cusson and Jorge Silva were checking the area, they found a man matching the suspect's description walking near the New Bedford border, according to police.

Police said the officers confirmed that the man — later identified as Fortes — was responsible for the vehicle break-in, although they did not specify how.

No further details were provided.

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