Police arrested 38 year old Heriberto Muniz of Worcester on Thursday. Muniz is a suspect in an Auburn residential breaking and entering that occurred on Barnes St. on Monday, February 22. In that incident, a firearm was stolen, along with jewelry. The suspect rang the front doorbell, and was described by the homeowner as “well dressed, professional-looking.” When no one came to the door, the supect went around back and entered through a window. This tactic has been seen numerous times in residential break-ins. The homeowner in this case had video surveillance cameras installed in the home.
The incident drew a significant police presence in the Barnes St. and Elizabeth Rd. area at around 1pm Monday. One neighbor described “8 or 10 police cars” from Auburn, Millbury, State Police and several unmarked cars. K-9 units were also utilized in an effort to track the suspect from the scene, according to the neighbor.
The suspect, Muniz, was arrested today at 545 Southbridge Street in Worcester on outstanding arrest warrants. A small portion of Southbridge Street was closed for a short time as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of both officers and area residents.
According to an Auburn Police Department statement, “The case involved investigators and information from the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Section, Harvard Police, Worcester Police and Spencer Police Departments in addition to APD officers. We appreicate the assistance that each of these Departments provided in this investigation.”
Mr. Muniz is being held overnight at the Worcester Police Department for arraignment in the Worcester District Court in the morning.