DEDHAM — A Norfolk County grand jury has indicted a Quincy man on theft charges after police said he stole $ 6,900 and more than 7,000 pills from a pharmacy three years ago. Police said it took DNA evidence to help find a suspect for the crime, leading to the December indictment.
Jonathan M. Brooks, 37, was charged with two counts of breaking an entering in the night time, two counts of breaking into a depository, larceny of drugs, two counts of malicious destruction of property valued over $ 250, and three counts of larceny of more than $ 250.
The indictment transfers the case from Quincy District Court to Norfolk Superior Court, where more serious crimes are prosecuted and defendants can face longer sentences if convicted. A Superior Court arraignment date have not been set for the Brooks.
Weymouth Police said they were originally called to Rite Aid in Fox Plaza at 326 Washington Street in August of 2015. Police said that it appeared that a burglar broke into Rite Aid through next door Nana’s Fried Chicken. Police said that the burglar cut through the ceiling in the bathroom of the chicken restaurant, crawled above the pharmacy and cut its alarm wires. The burglar then climbed down into the Rite Aid’s storeroom with a rope, according to a police report filed with court.
The burglar stole 7,332 pills from the pharmacy, $ 6,906 from its ATM and safe and $ 2,600 worth of other merchandise. Along the way the burglar stopped for a snack eating some chips and salsa and washed it down with Fuji water bottles from the pharmacy.
A month later a nearby Weymouth resident found a backpack full of items believed to have been used in the burglary including gloves. The items were submitted to the State Police crime lab.
In February of 2018 DNA evidence from the water bottle and gloves linked Brooks to the crime, police said, leading to lower court charges in March. Brooks had been found guilty in previous other break-ins.
Brooks was arraigned in Quincy District Court in July and held on a $ 5,000 cash bail which he posted in August.