Two Arlington Residents Arrested as Suspects in Winchester Home Break-Ins
Duo suspected of breaking into more than a dozen homes in the area.
The crime ring that has been terrorizing Winchester neighborhoods with more than a dozen home break-ins over the past few weeks may have been put to an end.
On Saturday, Jonathan Noble Schopper, 23, and Michelle Trentor, 24, both of Arlington, were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and breaking and entering during the daytime with the intent to commit a felony .
Two homes, one in Winchester and one in Arlington, were broken into earlier in the day.
“We believe they are the ones involved in the breaks earlier Saturday afternoon,” said Winchester Police Lt. Peter MacDonnell. “We’re still looking through the property that was found to see if we can connect it to the other breaks in Winchester and Arlington.”
Schopper is currently being held at the Woburn Police Department on $5,000 bail and Trento is being held on $2,500 bail.
At around 8 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of Cambridge Street in Winchester noticed a vehicle enter the driveway of one of her neighbors. The woman told police that the two people in the car were acting suspiciously, as they went into the back of the home and then began to wave for people on the street, trying to get passing vehicles to stop. According to Schopper, their car battery had died.
Winchester Police arrived and arrested Schopper and Trentor.
“It’s very important for residents to call the police department when they see suspicious activity,” MacDonnell said. “They are of invaluable importance to the police department in contributing to our ability to do our job. This is just one example of how the community can contribute to the safety of the town.”
The car contained jewelry, laptops, cash, prescription drugs and a number of other valuable items.
“I hope this slows down the breaks,” MacDonnell said. “The reverse 911 call definitely helped and we’re trying to connect this break to others in the area. But hopefully this will lead to an end.”