After a drop-off in February, residential housebreaks are on the increase again in Area C-11, the police district that covers most of eastern Dorchester.
Captain Richard Sexton, the commander of C-11, says that the district recorded 34 breaking and entering incidents last month. There were 23 incidents in February.
Sexton says that police made several good arrests of burglary suspects in March, but warns that there has been a bump in activity in the Savin Hill and St. Mark's Areas in recent weeks.
On the positive side, Sexton notes that street robberies declined in March. There were 18 reports of robberies in March, as opposed to 38 in February.
C-11 cops captured two suspects in March that Sexton believes may have been responsible for other incidents. One arrest occurred on March 19 when cops were called to the scene of two attempted B&E's- one on Pleasant Street and a second on Sagamore St. A 60 year-old suspect was arrested in that instance after allegedly trying to break into local homes through doors and windows.
On March 16, police arrested a 20 year-old man for breaking into a Grampian Way home. Police recovered a number of household items - including a computer, video games, jewelry and a plasma TV- that the suspect had allegedly stolen and left stacked outside the residence. The suspect, who led police on a brief foot chase, had been spotted on the scene by officers on routine patrol in the Savin Hill area.