John Williams, 21, of 47 Drummer Road, Acton, was arrested by Weston police Wednesday, Aug. 22, for several recent home robberies in Weston and Wayland. Police received a search warrant for Williams' home in Acton, where he recently moved in with someone he met online (according to the police report) and found numerous stolen computers, iPods, GPS devices and $3,000 cash.
According to the report, a red flag came about when an individual purchased a computer on Craigslist that was stolen from a home in Weston last week. The person who bought the computer became suspicious of his purchase when he discovered personal information on the computer and reported it to the police. Weston police set up an undercover sting operation, and ready with their search warrant, placed Williams under arrest at his home. Police found stolen electronic devises from Weston and Wayland. Police also reported in at least two cases, familiy members were home during the robberies.
Williams worked for a car dealership in Acton (unknown which dealership) and broke into the homes during his shifts of picking up and dropping off customer's cars. He was fired once the dealership discovered his charges. According to the report, none of the robberies were associated with customers of the dealership.
Police believe that Williams' motive was to steal electronics, sell them on Craigslist and save up enough money to move out to California.
Williams was arraigned in Waltham District Court Thursday and was held with a $5,000 bail.
The case is still under investigation and police are not ruling out other suspects.
This was a collaborative effort between the Weston, Wayland, Acton and Lincoln police departments.