Story that shows what some Bay Staters are like --
When thieves stole from late sonâs car, West Bridgewater dad didnât sit still
Thomas Wasilewski was sitting in his mudroom early Wednesday morning looking at photos of his late son, Cory, when he heard something suspicious.
It was his birthday and said he was having a particularly difficult time without his son and couldnât sleep.
âI was sitting in the dark room and I heard a voice outside,â Wasilewski told The Enterprise. âI peeked around the curtain and I saw the interior lights on in the Mustang. I saw two people in the car and one person outside of it.â
The Mustang was purchased by Thomas Wasilewski and his wife, Jessica, after their son died in a crash on Route 24 in February 2017. He had always wanted a Mustang, but couldnât afford it, and they purchased it as a tribute to their son. Coryâs initials â CSW â are on the carâs license plate.
When he saw people inside the car, Wasilewski quickly grabbed the door and flung it open, he said, and the three menâs heads popped up.
âThey bolted. They took off,â he said. âI went right out the door in my T-shirt, boxers and socks and chased them halfway down the street.â
The trio ran toward nearby Oliver Street and Wasilewski decided to run back home to get his truck to try to catch up to them.
âWhen I got out to Matfield Street, I saw a silver Camry pulling out from behind the Grand Slam Deli,â Wasilewski said. âThey drove by me slowly and I could see there were three people in the car. I started to turn around and they stopped in the middle of the road. When I fully turned around, they bolted, going about 90 miles per hour down Matfield.â
He said he believes the driver must have thought they were out of Wasilewskiâs sight when they turned onto Woodland Road. But they werenât.
And, unlucky for them, Wasilewski said, that street leads right back to his neighborhood â Pinecrest Road.
âI came up behind them and they went straight on Woodland Road, which turns into a dead end,â Wasilewski told The Enterprise. âI had them pinned. I pulled up behind them and they didnât do anything. They just sat there with their lights off. So I backed up in a driveway, turned around and blocked them in with my truck.â
Thatâs when a West Bridgewater police cruiser arrived, as Jessica Wasilewski had called 911 to report the break-in when her husband began chasing after the suspects.
âThey were able to locate that vehicle eventually and identify the three people in the vehicle as Armando Alves, Elvis Andrade and Eric Braitwaite,â Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Mello said during their arraignments Wednesday in Brockton District Court. âDuring the investigation, officers spoke to all three individuals. They gave different versions as to what the events of the night were, how they met up, what they were doing in that particular neighborhood â none of which matched up consistent with each other.â
Police say they located several phone accessories as well as bags of change consistent with items taken from the vehicle. Police received additional calls for vehicle break-ins that morning on Pinecrest Road and Woodland Road.