Updated 1 pm, Sunday
Tisbury Police have charged Patrick Lucas, 31, of Vineyard Haven, with several counts of vandalism and breaking and entering following a string of alleged break-ins Saturday night in the downtown Vineyard Haven area.
In an email to The Times, acting Tisbury Lt. William Brigham said police received a call that someone had entered a home on Franklin Street.
“The homeowner heard noises and encountered a male in her home. Upon seeing the homeowner, the male left,” Brigham said.
Police then received multiple calls from people in the area of Franklin Street, Greenwood Avenue, Main Street, and North William Street that a person had been inside their homes, with damage done to all the residences.
Tisbury Police called for assistance from Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, West Tisbury, and State Police. The area was searched, and police found and arrested Lucas.
Lucas was transported to Dukes County Jail and charged with several counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, several counts of vandalism, and larceny.
“He vandalized each home he entered,” Brigham said. “We are asking people living in this neighborhood to check their homes for any damage or any missing items. We also want to remind everyone to always be sure to lock their doors and windows.”
According to Brigham, at least six homes were broken into.
“There is no longer a danger to the public, as this person operated alone and again is in custody,” a Facebook post from the Tisbury Police reads.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Det. Charlie Duquette at the Tisbury Police Department at 508-696-4240. More information will be released as the police progress in the investigation, according to Brigham.
Updated with additional details. -Ed.