Boston Police report arresting William Walsh, 35, of Middleboro, on charges he tried to break into a West Broadway apartment shortly after 5 a.m. this morning, after he was apparently more successful breaking in somewhere else and stealing a loaded gun, credit cards, a license and a passport.
Police report the apartment's occupant heard somebody trying to open his door:
When he approached the door, he heard a male voice on the other side ask for help because someone had pulled a gun on him. The victim did not open the door, but called 911.
Police say officers found Walsh hiding behind a car in the garage of the building, at 339 West Broadway, between D and E streets - after they found a jacket in the building's lobby, containing "a Smith and Wesson .38 Special firearm" loaded with five rounds, which had been reported stolen during an earlier break-in, a stolen license and a stolen passport. Near Walsh down in the garage, police say, officers found a backpack containing stolen credit and debit cards. And then they found a container with currency and IDs and checks belonging to a woman.
Walsh was charged with unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, receiving stolen property valued at more than $1,200, breaking and entering in the nighttime and breaking and entering a vehicle or boat in the nighttime, police say.