NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police have arrested a suspected North End vehicle breaker.

Police said 31-year-old Brandon Pierce of Fruit Street was arrested on Monday in connection to a car break-in that took place earlier that day near Milford and Wood streets.


The suspect had allegedly shattered one of the car's windows, stolen a bank card, and then later used the card at two local pharmacies.

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After reviewing video surveillance footage of the suspect from the two businesses, Officer Manuel Sequeira gave out the suspect’s description on his radio and continued patrolling the area.

Shortly afterwards he saw the suspect exiting another local business on Acushnet Avenue.

Sequeira approached and stopped the man, who identified himself as Pierce and who was found to have an active warrant for his arrest.

While the officer was taking Pierce into custody, police said Sequeira found the victim's bank card in his possession.

Pierce is charged with breaking into a vehicle to commit a felony, receiving stolen property, and possessing and using a stolen credit card.

His previous arrest warrant was in connection to an October case in which a check stolen from a vehicle was forged and passed at a bank, according to police.

Police said Pierce has previous convictions in New Bedford district court for a variety of breaking and entering, larceny, and drugs charges.

He is currently being held at the house of correction.

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