Police called just after 3 a.m.; less than hour later, bike-theft charges lodged

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UPDATED, March 19: Arlington police have arrested a 23-year-old Somerville man after he allegedly broke into a local bicycle shop.

Levi N. Russell was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony after investigate a commercial alarm at 3:09 a.m. Monday, March 18, at Quad Cycles, 1043 Mass. Ave.

Upon arrival, a police news release said, officers found that the right side of glass double doors leading into the shop had been shattered with a large 10-inch-square rock. After clearing and securing the scene, police found that surveillance footage from inside the store showed a white male in his 20s with dark red curly hair breaking into the shop about 6 minutes before they arrived and taking a bright-colored, pink Cannondale bicycle from the store.

About 4 a.m. police located a man, identified as Russell, matching the description of the individual from the surveillance video and in possession of a bike matching the one missing from the store, walking on Broadway. After an on-scene investigation in front of St. Paul's Cemetery, at 30 Broadway, Russell was placed under arrest.

Police confiscated more than a dozen packs of cigarettes, which may have been taken from a store in Somerville.

"Thanks to the vigilant, detailed police work of our officers, we were able to locate this individual and the missing bicycle in a short amount of time," Acting Chief Julie Flaherty said in the March 18 release. "This type of fast-paced police work is crucial to the safety and security of our community, and I commend our officers for resolving this incident within hours of the initial crime." 

This news announcement was published Monday, March 18, 2019, and updated March 19, with police report details.

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