Man allegedly climbs through kitchen window to break into South End home

A South End home was burglarized after the suspect allegedly climbed through a kitchen window via the fire escape Sunday evening, according to police.

a close up of a brick building: The fire escape of a South End apartment broken into.

© Drew Karedes, Boston 25 via Twitter
The fire escape of a South End apartment broken into.

Police were sent to the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue around 6:37 p.m. for a possible break in. A witness saw a man climb through the window and into the apartment, and provided a description, according to the police report.


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As officers went to the scene, they were told the suspect was going back down the fire escape. When police arrived, they found a man matching the description on Comet Place, which runs behind the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue, toward Shawmut Avenue, the report said.

At the apartment, police found the kitchen window “wide open” and a sliding glass door with “pry marks” on the frame. There was broken glass on the kitchen floor, according to police.

The witness was able to positively identify the suspect, who Boston 25 identified as Brian McPhee, 46, of South Boston. He’s being charged with breaking and entering during the daytime, police said in the report.

Residents Sarah and David Selkovits were out to dinner during the break in, according to Boston 25. They learned of the break in via their security company.

“It’s a very creepy feeling to come into your own house and feel like somebody’s been there,” David Selkovits told the news station. “You feel invaded.”

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