MICHAEL NAULT, AGE 33, OF BILLERICA, was arrested and charged with:
• Breaking and Entering in the Daytime for Felony
• Vandalizing Property
On Thursday, Feb. 16, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Billerica Police were notified of a breaking and entering at the Liberty Bell restaurant at 420 Boston Road.
An initial investigation that included a review of video surveillance determined that, earlier in the day, an individual had broken into the restaurant by removing an HVAC unit on the building’s roof and entering through a ventilation shaft.
Inside the restaurant, investigators found a fine white powder that was spread from a fire extinguisher that was used to try to force open an internal office door. The door was heavily damaged but had not been opened.
Investigators noticed bare footprints in the dust throughout the scene, leading to the ventilation shaft.
The Billerica Fire Department was called to assist police with gaining access to the roof of the building, where police found additional white footprints leading from the ventilation shaft to the open window of an apartment in the same building.
Police went to that apartment and located NAULT, who was identified as the individual who broke into the restaurant. NAULT was taken into custody at the scene.
NAULT was arraigned Friday in Lowell District Court, where he was released on personal recognizance bail on the condition that he stay away from the Liberty Bell restaurant.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.