South Shore: Police task force nets pair of burglars

A local police task force has arrested a couple they believe is responsible for a rash of burglaries on the South Shore for the past year.

Duxbury Police Chief Matt Clancy says they teamed up with detectives from Middleboro, Plympton and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department on the investigation into the pair they believe has been breaking into homes. The investigation culminated this week in Sherborn with the arrest of 32-year-old Sandra Homen of Quincy and 28-year-old Francis Paiva of Brockton. The pair were under surveillance and were in the act of burglarizing a home when they were arrested. They were arraigned Tuesday morning.

Chief Clancy says that he is pleased with the police work in this case, but not as pleased with the judicial system’s response. Chief Clancy says that Paiva was out on $10,000 bail for an armed home invasion when he was arrested this week. Paiva was released yesterday on $1,000 bail.

“It’s a little frustrating, and we’re not sure what the judge’s rationale was. But that was their decision. It can be a bit frustrating for the officers,” said Chief Clancy.

The pair will face charges for burglaries in Duxbury last June and October, and are suspected in several others.

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