The , at 155 Harvard Street, after a bail review hearing last week.
Brookline Police Chief Daniel O'Leary updated the Board of Selectmen on Richard Becker's case last night, following an approved request to accept a grant. The Board asked O'Leary to speak after receiving questions about any to the Aurora shooting at the end of last week.
O'Leary said that Becker had not made threats to anyone. Previously, to the . According to a statement from Boston police, the Colorado incident is believed to be an isolated one.
O'Leary notes, "After he was arrested, we were of the mindset that we didn’t want him to get out."
A couple of weeks ago, , and held him without bail. Following a bail review hearing, bail was set at $500,000, and he is "basically under house arrest," according to O'Leary. Probation officers are monitoring Becker, and he is only allowed to leave his home with approval. Conditions of bail include that he is not allowed firearms, must be GPS monitored and must stay at his Brookline address.
"Can we guarantee it’s over with? I can’t say that. I can say we have done everything we can to find all the weapons that were in the house at the time," O'Leary said.
At the time of Becker's arrest, he was found with 36 weapons. The gun license he did have expired in the late '90s, and at that time he had 18 weapons registered to him--of those, police found 16 guns. Officers searched the premises, but could not account for the two missing guns.
O'Leary explained that Becker was asked about the guns, but under the fifth amendment, he had the right not to incriminate himself by talking about them.
Police and Brookline Probation continue to monitor the situation.
Said Selectman Chairperson Betsy DeWitt, "I know you and your officers did your best to make sure he would not be a threat to those in Brookline."
When the case is resolved, police intend to destroy the cache of weapons.
The grant which O'Leary was initially speaking about, which was unanimously approved, is for over $135,600 to update equipment in the Police and Fire dispatch centers, and to offset personnel in that department.