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Quincy District Court dismissal of larceny over 250 case prior to arraignment

December 1, 2014,

Client is a software engineer from India who would suffer the loss of employment if her company became aware of her being charged with the felony of larceny over $250. She is here on an H-1 B business visa and is the sole provider for her family back in India. Based on the extreme hardship she would suffer I was able to speak with the prosecutor explain situation and convince the Commonwealth to agree to postpone arraignment for her to complete 40 hours of community service. Upon completion of 40 hours of community service at a nonprofit organization they agreed to dismiss charges of larceny over 250 and receiving stolen property prior to arraignment.

Client was found with over two thousand dollars worth of merchandise that was taken from two stores. Since the merchandise was valued over $250 she was not charged with shoplifting but the more serious felony charge of larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property. The receiving stolen property charge was related to the property in her possession which was from another store. These types of matters can either be scheduled for a clerk magistrate hearing or in this case the person can be arrested, a bail set and scheduled for arraignment. She was arrested by the Braintree police and released on her own personal recognizance to appear in Quincy district court today.

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Boston Police Officer arrested over weekend for unauthorized use of police cruiser

July 7, 2014,

A Boston police officer who has been on administrative leave since
September 2013 was arrested after taking a police cruiser he was not authorized
to use. The police cruiser was taken from Dist. C 11 in Dorchester, it appears he
drove to Revere and was involved in a domestic incident that the Revere police are
now investigating.

Donovan was arrested after the police car was found in Dorchester near his residence
on Friday night. He's been an officer since 2002 and has criminal charges
pending related to larceny and now unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges
as well.

Every police department has an internal affairs division which investigate any
complaints or suspicions of illegal activity from police in that department. Any
allegations of police abuse or criminal activity will be investigated by the
internal affairs division. Officers can suffer anything from suspension and
firing to other disciplinary type proceedings which are then put in their
personnel file.

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Lieutenant of the Ludlow Police Department is charged with stealing drugs out of the evidence locker

March 12, 2014,

Lt. Thomas Foye was recently indicted related to charges that he took drugs from narcotics locker at the police station.

He is charged with tampering with evidence, theft of drugs from a dispensary as well as cocaine possession.

Police department's manner of logging in and warehousing evidence has long been criticized as overdue for better procedures to ensure chain of custody and security of the evidence.

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Boston woman arrested for armed robbery using a syringe

January 2, 2013,

On December 17 female entered a secondhand clothing store and threatened the cashier with a syringe if she did not receive all the cash in the drawer.

This happened at a store called second time around located on Newbury Street.

On December 29 police officers spotted the woman who was suspected of having committed this robbery in the South End of Boston in the area of E. Berkeley St. and Shawmut Avenue. Her name is Sheila King and she now faces charges of armed robbery.

Armed robbery can be committed with more than just Gun. Any weapon which can cause harm if used during a robbery can lead to an armed robbery charge.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal lawyer who has represented clients charged with armed robbery, receiving stolen property, larceny over $250 as well as a variety of other theft related charges.

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Boston Paramedic accused of stealing painkillers and sedatives from ambulances

November 26, 2012,

A Boston paramedic has pleaded not guilty to stealing painkillers and sedatives which he allegedly took from ambulances that he worked in. Benoit was charged with 73 counts of stealing drugs in Suffolk Superior Court. It's alleged that during the summer of 2011 painkillers and sedatives intended for patients were taken from ambulances and in some cases replaced with other types of liquids.

Cases like these are treated seriously in that there is a breach of trust and especially when it involves the medical field and the treatment of patients.

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Robbery suspect arrested in Revere after five-hour standoff with police

July 13, 2011,

After a five-hour standoff with Revere, Everett and Malden police as well as FBI and SWAT teams police finally captured Rolando Gala, 29, of Boston. Gala is suspected of being the backstreet bandit responsible for the robbery of the Brookline bank in Malden as well as other robberies that have recently taken place in the area.

Police were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 68 Dale St. in Revere when the suspect refused to come out of the home claiming to be armed. The Revere SWAT team eventually entered the home after a five-hour standoff in which they tried to convince Gala to come out of the house peacefully.

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Two female "strippers" arrested in Brookline for robbing men

June 15, 2011,

Three men decided to order "strippers" at 4:30am the other night from their Brookline apartment on Freeman Street. They looked on the website called where escorts will post their photo and contact information related to services.

The three men told police that they contracted two women from the site to perform a strip show. When the women arrived they were not the ones which appeared in the photos on the website so the men canceled the performance and refused to pay. This is when one of the women hit one of them in the face and grabbed the $800 he had in his hand and stuffed it in her bra; the other woman then pushed a second man who attempted to get the money back. Both women then fled the apartment.

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Two men in custody after liquor store robbery in Lawrence, hostages taken

March 7, 2011,

The five-hour standoff with police ended with two suspects being found in a crawlspace in an apartment above the liquor store. The store owner has told police that shortly after noon on Sunday the two suspects entered his store one brandished a gun and hit him on the head with it, the other suspect also had a firearm. An employee and customer were also in the store at the time of the robbery all three men were beaten and held against their will.

The owner and his employee as well as the customer were eventually led from the liquor store one of them still bound in duct tape. They had injuries to their head and were led bleeding to a waiting ambulance.

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Dorchester Man convicted of robbing an armored car

March 2, 2011,

Brian Smith, 43, pled guilty to two counts of masked armed robbery, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, one count of receiving stolen motor vehicle and weapons charges.

These charges relate to a 2004 daylight robbery of an armored car that was like a scene out of the movie "The Town"; the robbery occurred in Quincy where the armored car driver was left severely wounded. Smith admitted to helping two other men, Dennis Quirk, 42, of Roslindale and Martin O'Brien, 43, of Malden in robbing the armored car in front of a citizens Bank on Hancock Street in Quincy in October 2004. The men were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and ambushed the driver of the Loomis Fargo armored truck.

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Number of crimes quadrupled at Andrew MBTA station last year

February 7, 2011,

Of all MBTA stations Andrew station saw the biggest increase in serious crimes in 2010. In 2009 five crimes were reported, all thefts at Andrew station; in 2010, 22 serious crimes were reported, 14 of which were robberies, there were also two assault and battery charges reported.

Mattapan's MBTA station saw a drop in crime from 2009 to 2010 with reported crimes dropping from 15 to 4. Fields corner also saw a decrease in reported crimes from 15 to 7 reports in 2010.

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Bank robbery in Burlington Massachusetts

January 6, 2011,

Central bank Burlington was robbed yesterday at 9:34 AM the suspect entered the bank and presented the teller a note threatening deadly force if money was not handed over. The EI believes that this bank robbery may be linked to other bank robberies committed since December 15 in Lynnfield, Malden, Reading, Salem and Westford.

The suspect is described as a 6 foot black male facial hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, he fled the scene on foot. It appears he was able to escape with an undisclosed amount of money. The other bank robberies were similar nature in that threats against bank employees were made.

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Two Boston MBTA Employees chase down an attempted robber who threatened a commuter with a knife in south station

December 14, 2010,

Two MBTA employees chased down a suspect who approached a woman brandishing a knife at 7am this morning in south station. The woman screamed for help attracting the attention of the MBTA workers who were able to detain the suspect until police arrived. The man was caught on surveillance video during the incident.

Charges that he will most likely face are attempted armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and possibly other related charges. Brandishing a weapon immediately takes the case to a much more serious level in which a person can face a much lengthier sentence. The woman was most likely asked to confirm that the man they apprehended was in fact the man who approached her with the knife thus misidentification does not appear to be an issue.

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Suspect arrested for armed home invasion in Quincy one person shot another taken hostage

November 22, 2010,

The police have reported that two men, one of them Jose Lorenzo, entered a home in Quincy and encountered four occupants. One occupant was shot in the head but survived a second man was taken hostage and was later released in Dorchester. The two suspects made off with a flat screen TV, computers and cash. It is alleged that Lorenzo's DNA was found at the scene.

Jose Lorenzo is charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to Rob, Armed Robbery, Home Invasion, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Kidnapping.

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