Somerville Man in Romney Computer Theft Faces More Charges
By Jessica Pratti
Boston University News Service
SOMERVILLE —A Somerville man who was caught stealing computers from Mitt Romney’s presidential headquarters in 2008 was sentenced to two years for separate computer theft and break-in charges in Allston.
The quiet chatter in the Brighton District courtroom on Oct. 11 was muted after the repeat offender pleaded guilty to charges of breaking and entering and being a common and notorious thief, landing him the jail sentence.
Daniel J. Bradley, 33, whose last known address was in Somerville, appeared in court in handcuffs for a hearing surrounding a robbery of a computer store that occurred on July 19.
According to law enforcement officials, the robbery took place at Computer Loft, an authorized service provider for Apple computers, located at 6 Fordham Road in Allston. According to prosecutors, Bradley entered Computer Loft through a ventilation duct in the rear of the store after hours where he stole Mac computers, iPads, and various Apple software. After the incident, police posted still photos of Bradley from surveillance cameras positioned both inside and outside of the store online at MassMostWanted.com. A photo was also posted on a Boston-based blog. The police report explains that a police officer scanning the website recognized Bradley a few weeks later, leading to his arrest. None of the stolen items were recovered.
This wasn’t Bradley’s first encounter with police.
In 2008, Bradley was arrested for breaking into presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s headquarters in Boston and stealing computers with an accomplice. Prosecutors also noted that Bradley was facing six open cases in similar matters of theft and larceny as well as a substance abuse problem. In that case, Bradley pleaded guilty amd received a one-year jail sentence.
“I have to agree with the commonwealth,” said Judge Franco Gobourne in reaction to hearing Bradley’s criminal history. “His record speaks for itself.”
Bradley has convictions dating back to 1998 — everything from malicious destruction of property, larceny, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, possession of class B to breaking into a depository, larceny of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property.
Suffolk District Attorney’s office spokesman Jake Wark said Bradley has other cases pending in Cambridge, Concord, Dedham, Westborough, Woburn and the Boston Municipal Court.
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