Suspect arrested in connection with education center break-ins

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford man has been charged with breaking and entering at a local education center.

According to New Bedford police, Ryan Boyer is charged with breaking into the Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative, a facility for kids and adults with special needs and disabilities.

Boyer is accused of stealing items that help those students.

Officials say the establishment was broken into three times in October, but Boyer is only charged with one of those thefts.

Eyewitness News spoke with Executive Director Catherine Cooper after the third break-in.

“It’s devastating. Many of these items were purchased through fundraising or through donations,” Cooper said at the time.

She said the break-ins, which occurred between Oct. 12 and Oct. 20, really hurt the program.

“They took two wide screen TVs, they took a special computer that we have with a touch screen monitor for people who have difficulty with a mouse or a keyboard,” she explained.

Some of the items stolen help aid communication skills for the hundreds of people with developmental disabilities that attend programs at the center.

According to police, Boyer, 29, broke into the collaborative at night. Monday, Cooper said police have informed her about the arrest. She said the center has not been able to recoup any of the stolen items, and she is looking forward to seeing the case play out in court.

Right now, Boyer is only being charged with one of the three burglaries – but police are investigating whether he committed all three crimes.

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