Brookline break-in suspect possibly connected to other incidents

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – One arrest may have solved a crime spree in Brookline, but it came at the expense of at least one woman’s sense of security. 

That woman, who lives on Chestnut Place, woke up early Monday morning when she thought she heard the contractor she was expecting downstairs.

“The contractor was not supposed to be at the house yet. She came down, saw an individual in her house, she screamed and the individual fled,” Brookline Police Deputy Superintendent Michael Gropman said.

That suspect, identified by police as 25-year-old Hakeem Abdul-Nar of Boston, took off with the woman’s laptop but didn’t get far before being caught by police.

“We stopped him within a minute and a half of the call,” Gropman said.

There have been several home break-ins in the neighborhood in the last two weeks police won’t say for sure if it’s the same suspect.

“We are not charging him with it yet but of course there is a suspicion,” Gropman said.

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