UPDATE: 3 arrested in connection with burglaries in Concord’s South End
Nicole Taylor, 39, of Billerica, Mass.
Brandon Seeley, 25, of Malden, Mass.
Robert Cappella, 24, of Chelmsford, Mass.
1:03 p.m.: The three Massachusetts residents charged with breaking into five South End homes yesterday targeted Concord after they saw recent news reports about crimes in the city and believed the police would be too busy with those cases to catch them, a prosecutor said in court this morning.
Prosecutor Tracy Connolly said the individuals – 25-year-old Brandon Seeley, 24-year-old Robert Cappella and 39-year-old Nicole Taylor – were motivated by a drug habit and planned to sell the items stolen so they could buy heroin.
All three were arraigned today at Concord’s district court where Judge Gerard Boyle set bail for Cappella and Seeley at $110,000 cash and for Taylor at $60,000 cash.
Connolly told Boyle that Seeley admitted to breaking into two homes. She said Taylor told investigators about their drug problem and why they picked Concord. Connolly said the operation was planned and each of the individuals had an assigned role, with Taylor acting as a lookout, Seeley entering the homes and Cappella driving the car.
10:33 a.m.: The Concord police have arrested three people in connection to five daytime burglaries that happened over the course of a few hours yesterday in the South End.
Brandon Seeley, 25, of Malden, Mass., Robert Cappella, 24, of Chelmsford, Mass. and Nicole Taylor, 39, of Billerica, Mass., will be arraigned this morning at Concord’s district court.
The police said the first burglary was reported at about 11 a.m. yesterday on Allison Street by a person who saw a male running from the back of a neighbor’s home at a time when the owners were not there. When the police arrived a few minutes later, the burglars had already left but officers found that a door had been forced open, according to the police.
About an hour later a detective from the Merrimack County attorney’s office observed a suspicious vehicle and called the police. Seeley, Cappella and Taylor were inside the vehicle, according to the police, who said bags, jewelry and computers were within plain view inside the car.
Four other burglaries were reported over the next few hours, and Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the police believe the three people arrested were responsible for those incidents as well.
“As we detained them, we were getting reports, basically people coming home and finding the burglaries. . . . We think these all happened yesterday between the early morning, maybe 9 and 10 (a.m.) and whenever we stopped them.”
Seeley is facing four counts of burglary, five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, and one count each of receiving stolen property and attempt to commit burglary. Cappella has been charged with five counts each of conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal liability for the conduct of another as well as one charge of receiving stolen property. Taylor is facing five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and one of receiving stolen property.
All of the charges against the three individuals are felonies.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the age of Nicole Taylor. She is 39.