At about 2:18 AM on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, officers in District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress at 5 Leroy Street.
Upon arrival, the officers observed a broken basement window on the right side of the house. The officers broadcast on their police radios that there was a confirmed break and requested additional units. The additional responding officers formed a perimeter around the house to prevent any possible suspect from exiting the area. The officers made contact with the resident/caller who stated that his girlfriend heard a loud bang come from the basement area, and they believed someone was currently in the basement. Officers observed that the door leading from the basement to the first floor was closed, and the safety latch was still intact. The officers announced their office and entered the basement. The officers then observed an unknown male lying underneath the basement stairs. The residents of the house reported they did not know this male, and he was not a welcome guest in their house. After searching and clearing the remainder of the house and finding no other intruders, officer observed numerous copper plumbing pipes cut and arranged on the floor in the basement near the hot water boiler. The officers observed a pipe cutter located on top of the boiler. The officers spoke with the residents of the house, and they stated the pipe cutter did not belong to them. The pipe cutter was seized and turned in as evidence.
The intruder, identified as 48-year-old Stephen Furr of Dorchester, was arrested for Breaking and Entering With Intent to Commit a Felony, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Possession of Burglarious Tools: Pipe Cutter.