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Arrest Made in the Alhuda Academy Attempted Break and Vandalism Incident

Worcester, MA (April 12, 2017) - On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Worcester Police Detective Bureau received numerous tips and phone calls via text-a-tip from citizens that provided the suspect’s name. Investigators were told that the picture of the suspect that was released earlier in the day on the WPD social media sites was that of Andrew Burke, 30-years-old of 46 Barnard Street, Shrewsbury.

Investigators took this information and cross checked it with the registry photo database. Once the identity was confirmed detectives compared the picture of Mr. Burke to the security footage taken from the Alhuda Academy. The picture of Mr. Burke was a match.

Later in the afternoon detectives applied and received an arrest warrant for Mr. Burke. The warrant was issued by the Worcester District Court.

At approximately 4:25 PM, Mr. Burke was located at his Shrewsbury residence. WPD Detectives along with members of the Shrewsbury Police Department arrested Mr. Burke without incident. Mr. Burke was then transported to WPD headquarters and interviewed.

Based on information obtained during the interview, along with other information obtained during this investigation, Mr. Burke was charged with (1) Defacement of Real or Personal Property, (2) Attempting to Commit a Crime, to wit: Breaking and Entering with the Intent to Commit a Felony and (3) Causing Property Damage for the Purpose of Intimidation.

According to Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent, “This incident and others like it are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. I would like to thank the officers and investigators that worked on this case and appreciate their commitment to bringing this investigation to a quick resolution. I would also like to thank the community for their cooperation with providing the name of the suspect to investigators. Our officers received several calls today and it is greatly appreciated.”

Mr. Burke will be arraigned tomorrow at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Original Press Release:

Worcester, MA (April 12, 2017) - Worcester police detectives are seeking help from the public in identifying a suspect who attempted to break into (258 East Mountain Street) Alhuda Academy. (photo of suspect available on our social media sites @WorcesterPD https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterPolice)

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at approximately 4:40 AM Worcester police were called to 258 East Mountain Street for a report of a male suspect attempting to gain access to the building by kicking the door. When officers arrived at the scene they discovered that the rear door of the building was ajar. Police did not locate a suspect when they searched the interior of the building. There were no items reported missing.

The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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