DA: Thief snared by lack of music knowledge

November 11, 2011
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A Roxbury teen suspected of breaking into a Parker Street car dug a deeper hole when he mistook a famous singer for a girl who lives in Jamaica Plain, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Dejontre Bell, 17, was arrested Oct. 8 after police allegedly found him still inside a car at 814 Parker St. Officers allegedly found multiple stolen items on Bell, including an iPod.

According to the DA’s Office, Bell claimed that the iPod was his and that it contained no songs. But officers found that the iPod contained more than 1,000 songs, including several by Tony Bennett, who has won 15 Grammy Awards in his 60 years of hit-making.

When asked by police whether he knows Tony Bennett, Bell allegedly replied, “I don’t know her like that. She’s from around Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.”

Bell is charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Bell missed an arraignment hearing and was later arrested on a warrant. A judge also revoked his bail on an unrelated case where he is charged with unarmed robbery, according to the DA’s Office. Bell is slated to appear in court on Nov. 18.

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