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Attempted break-in leads to capture of fugitive robbery suspect in East Boston

EAST BOSTON — One of two suspects arrested for trying to drill into an apartment in East Boston is also charged with a robbery that happened earlier this month.

Timothy Deconinck, 55, and William Cataldo, 59, were caught after a neighbor at the Orient Heights Apartments called 911 Saturday afternoon.

Police said the two used power tools to try to break into an apartment in the building on Waldemar Ave.

Authorities revealed that Deconinck was wanted for a brazen scheme involving the robbery of nearly a quarter million dollars from a local business owner.

“I’m just glad that one of the individuals has been arrested,” said robbery victim Arthur Rizzo. “I was very surprised. It seems to me that they’re pretty stupid.”

Rizzo, owner of “The Check Place”, was bringing $240,000 cash to his business on Meridian Street back on June 7th.

That’s when two men impersonating police officers told him they had a warrant out for his arrest before stealing his Audi A6 and all of the money.

“There’s no relief until I get money back,” he told Boston 25 News on Sunday night.

Rizzo’s Audi A6 was found about 100 yards away with an empty money bag following the carjacking.

The money has never been recovered and the second suspect remains at large.

“You work 34 years in the business, and then somebody comes along and takes all of your money,” he said. “It’s disheartening.”

Police aren’t speculating why Deconinck and Cataldo, who isn’t connected to the previous robbery, allegedly targeted an apartment in East Boston on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Deconinck was caught in the act with a drill, drill bit and other tools in hand.

Cataldo was arrested shortly thereafter.

“To have that go on around me in my own place when I’m two doors down is kind of scary,” said neighbor Annie Goulart. “It’s crazy and a little nerve racking.”

Deconinck is expected to be arraigned Monday in East Boston District Court for his outstanding arrest warrant that includes the charges of Unarmed Robbery of a Person Over 65 (Subsequent Offense), Carjacking, and Impersonating a Police Officer.

Deconinck was additionally charged with Possession of Burglarious Tools, Attempt to Commit a Crime (Breaking & Entering), Defacing Property, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

Cataldo is expected to be arraigned Monday in East Boston District Court for the charges of Possession of Burglarious Tools, Attempt to Commit a Crime (Breaking & Entering), Defacing Property, and Resisting Arrest.

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