Tisbury Police arrest Jacob Murphy in connection with car break-ins

Tisbury Police said Jacob Murphy, 26, of Edgartown is the man seen entering a vehicle in a series of photos taken by a witness.

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Tisbury Police posted this series of images a photographer took of a man police suspect broke into a vehicle on Causeway Street. Photo courtesy TPD.

Updated 3:30 pm, Wednesday

Tisbury Police Tuesday night arrested Jacob Murphy, 26, of Edgartown in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins in the area of Causeway Road. He was charged with malicious destruction of property, breaking and entering in the daytime of a motor vehicle, and larceny under $250.

Mr. Murphy was apprehended in Edgartown at 8 pm Tuesday night with the cooperation of Edgartown Police. He was identified after a series of photos of a man entering a vehicle on Causeway Road were posted late Tuesday on the Tisbury Facebook site and on The MVTimes website.

A neighbor who suspected something took the photos Monday, and later provided them to police after learning of vehicle break-ins in the area.

“After the pictures were posted, we had numerous people call in and ID him,” Tisbury Police Lieut. Eerik Meisner told The Times Wednesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday, police posted an alert on the department’s Facebook site alerting residents to recent vehicle break-ins in the vicinity of Causeway Road and Delano Road. In a telephone call Tuesday morning, Det. Kindia Roman told The Times that police received two reports from the victims of the car break-ins at 6 pm and 9 pm Monday night. One vehicle on Delano Road was unlocked, and the glove box was broken and contents were strewn about. The window of the second vehicle on Causeway Road was smashed, and $100 was stolen.

Detective Roman advised residents to lock their vehicles, be alert, and report suspicious activity to 508-693-1212.

In October, police sought charges against Mr. Murphy, who they said was responsible for the theft of of two cars on Oct. 16, and another car six days later on Oct. 22. At the time he was identified as the car thief, Mr. Murphy was being held at the Dukes County Jail without bail on a probation violation in connection with earlier crimes.

On Nov. 9, according to court records, Mr. Murphy was found guilty in Edgartown District Court of probation violations; assault and battery on a family/household member; use of a motor vehicle without authority; two counts of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; and defacing property. He received supervised probation.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Edgartown District Court.