Surveillance video leads to alleged robbers arrest

WESTWOOD, Mass. (WHDH) — Police in Westwood are thanking members of the public for helping them arrest a robber.

They say they received numerous tips after a surveillance video of one of the break-ins was shown on 7News.

“We certainly had some information we were able to glean from our investigative efforts but we were looking critical components that only the public could provide for us,” Westwood Police Chief Jeffrey Silva said.

Police say that 44-year-old Benjamin Clay broke into several homes in September, including Janet Eosco’s home in Westwood.

“It was on Channel 7, you ran it for quite a while and you ran it again the week before he was caught. It tells you crime does not pay,” Eosco said.

Clay is suspected of breaking into homes in Westwood, Foxboro, Wellesley, Newbury and Georgetown.

Eosco said that while she’s upset about the expensive jewelry that was stolen, it’s the priceless things he took that scare her.

“Just a lot of sentimental things. Things that my son gave me before he passed away. It’s just an invasion of privacy he needs help,” she said.

Clay was arrested at his house in Fall River.