Suspect in Braintree Vending Machine Heist Found in Swamp on Christmas

The following information was supplied by the Braintree Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A 47-year-old Boston man was tracked down in the Blue Hills and arrested after he allegedly broke into a business on Wood Road and tried to steal from its vending machines.

The man was found in a swamp a short distance from Wollaston Alloys shortly after 6 p.m. on Christmas by Braintree and Quincy police with assistance from a Randolph canine team, Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.

"Officers responding to a burglar alarm were advised that a maintenance manager was watching live video from his home and could see a man wearing a mask breaking into the vending machines," Jenkins said.

Police entered Wollaston Alloys through an open window and set up a perimeter, but the man, identified as Michael Bruzzese, fled out a rear door.

Officers heard brush breaking in the back and later took Bruzzese into custody without incident, Jenkins said.

Inside the business, officers found a trash barrel containing various items that Bruzzese allegedly collected to steal, including a laptop, tools and battery chargers. Jenkins also said that a vending machine was damaged, tools likely used in the theft were strewn about and officers found a shopping bag full of quarters.

Bruzzese was charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglarious tools and malicious damage to property.


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