Hyannis burglar pleads guilty to 12 counts of breaking and entering

Judge sentences Ethan Woodward to five years
A Barnstable Superior Court judge sentenced Ethan Woodward to five years in state prison. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photo.

A suspect who was arrested and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering in the daytime was sentenced to five years in state prison in Barnstable Superior Court Wednesday. According to a release from the Cape and Island's District Attorney's Office, Ethan P. Woodward, 23, of Hyannis, pleaded guilty to twelve counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony.

Woodward, who was out on bail awaiting trial, was captured by Barnstable police in the middle of a crime spree on January 10, 2013 in Hyannis. On that morning, Woodward reportedly broke into several homes and was caught after throwing a brick through a window of a home in an attempt to escape police who were investigating in the area.  Unbeknownst to Woodward, a woman was sleeping in the room and began to scream when the brick came through the window. Police heard the screams and promptly located Woodward and took him into custody.

According to the DA's Office, an in depth investigation by Det. Jason Laber revealed that Woodward was linked to twelve separate break-ins in Hyannis.  He pleaded guilty to all break-in charges as well as assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, vandalizing property and resisting arrest.

In addition to the five year state prison sentence, Woodward will be on three years supervised probation following his release.  The judge also ordered Woodward to pay $14,000 in restitution, according to the DA's Office.

Assistant District Attorney Michelle L. Groff was the prosecutor on the case.

Read how Barnstable police caught Woodward in January here.


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