NASHUA — Police arrested half of a father-and-son team last week that officials believe was involved in a two-year wave of break-ins and thefts from ATM machines and coin kiosks in this city and towns in Massachusetts.
Kenneth Dexter, 33, was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua Circuit Court on three felony charges.
Dexter, also known as Kenneth R. Dexter III, has said he lived in Brockton and Pembroke, Mass.
Police officials said Dexter used drills and cutting torches to get into cash boxes inside these machines and took more than $1,000. His father, Kenneth Dexter II, assisted in the scheme, officials said.
Nashua police officials have been looking into this activity since September 2016 when the owner of a car wash on Charron Avenue reported someone had damaged and taken cash from an automated pay kiosk there.
Another car wash owner days later reported similar damage and theft to his machine, officials said.
In this same time frame, Marshfield, Mass., police two years ago arrested both Dexter and his father, Kenneth Dexter II, for using a blowtorch to break into a bank ATM in that town.
Marshfield police officials said then that the younger Dexter had 44 prior arraignments for similar charges and convictions in two other states.
The police departments worked together leading to Dexter III’s arrest.
He faces a probable cause hearing on Dec. 4.
Nashua police officials said that they have been seeking the father since early October when they tried to get him to turn himself in.
Police officials said they believe the father acted as the lookout and getaway driver for his son.