Dartmouth Police say they caught a Wareham man in the act during a pre-dawn housebreak episode in a residential neighborhood.

Friday at around 5:44 a.m. Dartmouth officers were dispatched to Barbara Court after a homeowner called to report that someone had broken into their home. The homeowners reported that they were awoken by a noise in their basement and also observed a man they did not know ringing their doorbell.

When police arrived, they observed that the garage had been broken into through a window, and that a bulkhead leading to the basement was also open. Officers said the garage had been ransacked and that both vehicles inside had been gone through, according to a release from Dartmouth Police Det. Kyle Costa.

Police set up a perimeter, and Officer Joshua Fredette noticed that the garage door of a house next door was also slightly open. Fredette observed someone walking around inside the garage. He ordered the person to exit the garage and a man wearing dark clothing, a dark hat, and a medical mask appeared from within. The man obeyed Fredette’s command to lie down on the ground. The man was handcuffed and taken into custody, Costa said.

The suspect was identified as Preston Pedrosa, 27, of Main Street in Wareham.

Officers searched Pedrosa and say they found items belonging to the original callers. Pedrosa also allegedly had non-prescribed Suboxone strips in his possession.

Pedrosa was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering during the daytime placing a person in fear, felony breaking and entering into a building, two counts of felony breaking and entering into a vehicle, larceny under $1,200, wanton destruction of property valued over $1,200, and possession of a Class B drug (Suboxone).

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