Police nab serial break-in suspect again after judge lets him go

SE Mass
Adrian Lablue

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Two days after being released without bail by a judge, a New Bedford man found himself in court again Wednesday in connection with a string of break-ins at local businesses.

New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro said Adrian Lablue, 23, was released without bail Monday in Third District Court, despite facing several charges related to breaking and entering into four businesses in the city’s South End.

Just hours after being released, Cordeiro said Lablue, broke into Seabra Supermarket, breaking a wall panel and stealing approximately $600 worth of items.

Lablue was initially charged with four counts of wanton destruction of property over $1,200, four counts of larceny from a building and four counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony.

The charges were in connection to a string of break-ins that began in December. Cordeiro said he broke into Jimmy’s Pizza on Brock Avenue twice and Inner Bay Cafe and Restaurant on Cove Road twice. Each time, Lablue stole varying amounts of cash and smashed glass windows to get inside the businesses.

Cordeiro said at Jimmy’s Pizza, Lablue stole the entire cash register both times he broke into the building.

Owner of Inner Bay Cafe and Restaurant Toni Soares believes Lablue broke in a third time early Wednesday morning.

“I’m so frustrated with this,” Soares said. “The past two weeks have been a disaster.”

Soares said Lablue broke several windows that cost thousands of dollars to replace.

“I work 85 hours a week, I try to have a clean business,” Soares said. “With all of this in a matter of two weeks, come on, it’s no good for business, it’s no good for the city.”

Cordeiro expressed disappointment with the judge’s decision to release Lablue without bail.

“I share our officers’ frustrations when they do their due diligence, and in many cases put their well-being in jeopardy to apprehend individuals and prevent further victimization, only to see criminals being released to continue violating our residents.”

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office initially requested Lablue be held on $10,000 bail due to the severity of the charges against him. They say they aren’t surprised Lablue was re-arrested and felt a reasonable amount of bail should have been imposed during his first court appearance.

“Really I think it’s time we continue the discussion on judicial reform, and judicial accountability, the only profession I know that doesn’t have accountability, is judges in Massachusetts,” Cordeiro said.

Lablue was ordered held without bail Wednesday during his arraignment. Cordeiro said more charges against Lablue may be forthcoming.

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