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Police end New Bedford man's multi-state crime spree

SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) --  A New Bedford man was arrested Wednesday after police said he broke into several vehicles in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

According to the Swansea Police Department, the vehicles were broken into back in July 2017. Officers were able to identify 60-year-old Marcellino Alves of New Bedford as the suspect.

Police said Alves was charged for these crimes and default warrants were issued for not showing up to court.

In separate incidents, police said Alves broke into six vehicles in Swansea, as well as several others in Seekonk, Dartmouth, North Attleboro and Bristol over the past few months.

Police in Massachusetts had nine active warrants for his arrest, while Rhode Island police had six warrants for his arrest and failure to appear in court.

On Wednesday, police said an off-duty officer spotted Alves on I-195 and notified officers in the area.

Detectives were able to determine Alves' address. Officers then went to serve the warrants and arrested him outside his home.

According to police, officers discovered stolen property from the car break-ins inside Alves home.

Alves was booked by Swansea Police and transported to Fall River District Court for arraignment. 

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