By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a Valley Street woman returned home yesterday afternoon to find a 72-year-old career criminal climbing into her residence through a first-floor window.
Harry J. Boutin, of 62 Pleasant St., Beverly, was arrested shortly thereafter on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property under $250 and possession of burglarious tools.
The woman had just pulled into her driveway shortly after 1 p.m. when she noticed the man climbing inside, according to the incident log and an interview with Lt. Scott Englehardt.
She called police, and Officer Erik Manninen quickly located Boutin leaving the area on a bicycle, police wrote. Boutin was allegedly found to have pliers on him when he was arrested, hence the burglarious tools charge, and had allegedly damaged a screen on the window of the woman’s residence, hence the malicious destruction of property charge.
The woman later identified Boutin as the man who broke into her home.
Chief Paul Tucker called Boutin a “career criminal” on his Twitter account yesterday, and Englehardt confirmed that Boutin had a length history with the department.