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Two men, one armed with pistol, arrested while attempting to break into Chestnut Hill home, police say

In surveillance footage released by police, a man is arrested in Chestnut Hill after allegedly attempting a break in. Photo courtesy of Brookline Police Department
May 21, 2024  Updated May 22, 2024 at 4:24 p.m.

Police arrested two men on Sunday after catching them in the act of allegedly trying to break into a home in Chestnut Hill.

One of the men, Akram Boudhan, 22, of Saugus, was armed with a Glock pistol, police say. He is now facing six charges, including illegally possessing a large capacity firearm, trespassing, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. The second man, Mounssif Fellahi, 23, was charged with trespassing, attempted breaking and entering and conspiracy.

The owner of the Woodland Road home where the alleged crime took place, just outside the Country Club golf course, called police at around 11:45 p.m. after seeing two men wearing black hoods climb onto a low roof on the back of his house, according to a police report filed in Brookline District Court.

The homeowner noticed the men when their movement triggered motion lights. He then looked at his home security camera and saw them in his backyard.

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According to Brookline police, when four officers arrived on the scene minutes later, the two men tried to run but were apprehended. They were wearing gloves and ski masks in addition to the hoods.

Video: Surveillance footage shows attempted break-in, arrest

Once they transported the two men back to the station, police say they found an unloaded 9-mm Glock handgun with 10 bullets in the magazine tucked into Boudhan’s pants. He does not have a license to carry a firearm, according to police.

Boudhan told police that he had “come to the neighborhood to see the house,” according to the report, but police allege that they were attempting to break into the home. The two had driven to the scene and parked on nearby Glencoe Road, police say.

Both men entered pleas of not guilty in court on Monday morning; their lawyers listed in court documents did not respond to requests for comment. A Brookline District Court judge ordered Fellahi kept in custody unless he pays $10,000 cash bail and Boudhan held until a dangerousness hearing on Thursday.

The incident follows a similar case last year in which three men, one of them armed, allegedly broke into a Warren Street home, assaulting a resident and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.