Oak Bluffs police nab suspected house intruder


When a well-known Island criminal returned to the scene of an earlier crime, a vigilant neighbor alerted police who arrested two men and a woman.

The arrests capped an investigation into an October 19 report of an intruder who entered a house off Syracuse Avenue in the afternoon and fled when a woman who lives at that address confronted him in her basement.

On October 26, a neighbor reported suspicious vehicle activity in the area of the same house that had spawned an earlier search for a curly-haired intruder. Police later located William J. Bernard of Oak Bluffs, who during subsequent interviews, admitted that he had driven Jason R. Willoughby of Vineyard Haven to the house so he could search for marijuana.

“I’m familiar with Willoughby and his involvement in criminal activity,” officer Jeff Labell wrote in his report. “A query revealed he has forty-nine adult appearances for criminal charges with five cases currently open.”

The homeowner, Kyle Peters, told police that the intruder broke into the house and stole money, marijuana, marijuana plants, and a crossbow. According to the police report, Mr. Willoughby then rejoined Mr. Bernard who was sitting in a parked car outside the house.

During a visit to Mr. Bernard’s house to search for Mr. Willoughby, police found some of the stolen goods and Lenora C. Solomon of Framingham, who was wanted on outstanding warrants for traffic violations. She would not open the door and police were forced to break into the house.

Police arrested Mr. Bernard for larceny from a building, breaking and entering in the daytime, malicious destruction of property, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

When police caught up to Mr. Willoughby yesterday, he was arrested on similar charges.