UPDATED: Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m.
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — After investigation, Damien Hughes, 19 of Nash St. in Westborough, has been charged with five counts of larceny of a credit card, breaking and entering for a felony and operating a motor vehicle without authority, police said.
Hughes was also charged with stealing a 2004 Toyota from Old Nourse St. on Tuesday. Other charges stem from Hughes allegedly breaking into a garage on Andrews Road, entering a vehicle and taking multiple credit cards.
Police said further charges will also be brought against Hughes' 16-year-old accomplice.
"Most of the items that have been stolen from vehicles over the last week were recovered from the juvenile's apartment where Hughes has been staying," said police in a news release.
Police said all of the cars with items stolen from them were left unlocked, and encourage Westborough residents to lock doors at all times.
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — A stolen gift card helped lead Westborough police Tuesday to a pair of suspects in a recent string of car break-ins in Westborough.
Police charged Damien Hughes, 19, of Nash Street, and a juvenile accomplice with receiving stolen property after the pair tryied to use the gift card at a local restaurant where other stolen cards had been used, police said.
More than eight break-ins, along with a car theft, have been reported in the past week.
A police investigation had revealed stolen gift cards to Not Your Average Joe's restaurant had been used earlier in the week. Police also located a stolen 2004 Toyota in the abandoned Friendly's parking lot a short distance away at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said they received a call from a manager at Not Your Average Joe's "shortly after the discovery" of the car, reporting that the same individuals had returned with another stolen gift card. After following the two suspects out of the restaurant, police said the two entered the Fountainhead Apartment complex close by.
Police said that, a short time later, they witnessed the two crossing the street toward Target, and Hughes was found to have stolen gift cards in his pocket.
The juvenile suspect was transported to his apartment where "numerous pieces of property were discovered" that were "similar" to the items reported stolen during the break-ins, police said.
Hughes will be arraigned at Westborough District Court Friday. The juvenile suspect was released to the custody of his father and will await an appearance at Worcester Juvenile Court.