SALEM — A homeless man is facing multiple charges of larceny after police say he made the mistake of breaking into a home while the neighbors were watching.
Anthony P. Menici, 29, of Salem was arrested at 12:48 p.m. yesterday at Scotia Street by Patrolwoman Charlene Sano on charges of breaking and entering in the day, having burglary tools, malicious destruction of property, and five counts of receiving stolen property worth over $250.
The arrest came moments after a resident on Albion Street called police to say he saw a man kicking in the side door of a neighboring residence. Going inside with a black backpack, the man emerged with the addition of a white bag. He hopped a chain-link fence and fled.
Multiple units responded, according to the police report, and Menici was stopped moments later on nearby Scotia Street. He was soon identified by the neighbor who said he'd seen him breaking in.
The white bag was found nearby, containing jewelry, a laptop, jeans, a DVD player and a camera. The black backpack was also recovered. It contained four GPS units, jewelry, $181, the identification of a Beverly woman whose car was reported robbed on Saturday, a hand-held police scanner, a small flashlight, two screwdrivers and gloves.
The woman whose home was robbed identified the stolen items.
Also responding were Patrolmen Mark Fabiszewski, Frederick Dubiel and Thomas Pelletier and Sgts. Peter Gifford and Kristian Hanson.