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Gerald Taddeo pleads not guilty to larceny, breaking and entering
Police in Chelmsford say they just had to follow the footprints to find a break-in suspect.
The Lowell Sun reports that Gerald Taddeo, 20, of Chelmsford, has pleaded not guilty to larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a building during the daytime. Police say he broke into a next-door neighbor’s home on Biscayne Drive on March 28 and stole $1,100 from a dresser and a safe containing guns and ammunition, according to The Sun.
A witness out running told police that she saw someone walking out of the victim’s backyard and toward Taddeo’s house, The Sun stated.
When police investigated, they just had to follow the size 12 1/2 boot prints.
“The footprints went from Taddeo’s backyard to the back door of the (victim’s) house,” police wrote, according to The Sun.
Police told The Sun that they found the stolen firearms in Taddeo’s house. A friend also told police that Taddeo asked him to keep a lookout in exchange for cigarettes and a tank of gas.
Brockton couple accused of stealing from Sharon man, disabled daughter
BROCKTON, Mass. — A Brockton couple was indicted Monday in connection with scamming an elderly man and his disabled daughter out of thousands of dollars.
Prisca Halaby, 35, and her husband Dominique Halaby, 45, were arrested Friday. They were accused of stealing money from the Sharon victims during a five-year span, according to District Attorney Michael Morrissey.
“Some of the conduct alleged in the indictments dates back to 2009,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.
The victims, a 92-year-old man and his 62-year-old daughter, were scammed out of more than $130,000, prosecutors said.
Authorities allege Prisca Halaby opened a Bank of America account in the disabled woman’s name, forging her signature. Officials say she then funneled thousands of dollars into that account from a Fidelity investment account established for the father and daughter.
Prosecutors said the Halabys took trips to their native Haiti, and on one occasion, prosecutors contend they allegedly forged a check for $2,000 for a wheelchair that was never purchased.
Credit cards were allegedly opened and numerous checks allegedly forged.
Prisca Halaby was charged with five counts of larceny of property valued at over $250 by single scheme, from a person over the age of 60 or disabled; two counts of credit card fraud and three counts of identity fraud.
Christopher Pelletier returned money next day, police say
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Police say a worker at a North Attleborough Wal-Mart store stole more than $2,000 from a cash register, but then put it back the next day.
Christopher Pelletier, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to larceny of property worth more than $250.
Police say the 23-year-old Pelletier was arrested at the store Tuesday after an investigation by store security, who reported the alleged theft to police.
The Sun Chronicle reports that police say Pelletier was seen on store surveillance video Monday stuffing cash from the register into his shirt pockets.
He put the money back in the register when he returned to work Tuesday.
He was freed on personal recognizance. He could not be reached.
By Norman Miller, MetroWest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A New York cabbie told a Framingham woman on Wednesday it would cost as much as $1,000 to drive her from the Big Apple to her Framingham home, and she agreed to pay the fare, authorities said.
But, Framingham Police say when Denice C. Rebelato, 31, arrived at her 21 Wilson Drive home and was told the ride would cost $980, she did not pay. Police arrested her around 8:45 p.m., after the cab driver delivered her to the police station, the MetroWest Daily News reported.
The cabbie told police that when he picked Rebelato up at the airport in New York, he told her it would probably cost $1,000 for a ride to Framingham, and said the minimum would be $850, according to a police report filed in Framingham District Court on Thursday. She agreed to pay the money.
When she arrived home at 8:30 pm., Rebelato told the driver the money was in the house.
“Ms. Rebelato went into the house for 10 minutes and returned saying she does not have money and her credit card was no good,” the report said.
The cab driver then gave Rebelato a ride to the Framingham Police station. Rebelato said she wanted to pay, but said “I have so many problems. I just came from Brazil,” the report said.
Police arrested her and charged her with larceny of property worth more than $250.
At Rebelato’s Framingham District Court arraignment, prosecutor Lauren Montes said the prosecutor’s office would drop the charges if Rebelato agreed to pay back the $980 in restitution, an amount that caught Judge Robert Greco’s attention.
“From New York? From New York, you said? That’s how much it costs?” Greco said. “They have buses.”
Rebelato agreed to pay the money within 60 days. Greco said the case will be dismissed if she does so. If not, the case will continue.
Attorney says accusations are ‘power struggle’
EAST SANDWICH, Mass. — An East Sandwich veteran is being held on $5,000 cash bail after being accused of taking money from a veterans organization.
Richard Trott, 62, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of larceny over $250. He was indicted by a grand jury last month.
The Attorney General’s Office claims Trott stole $125,000 from the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 96 from 2009 to 2011.
In court, it was revealed that Trott served time in Arkansas after convictions in 1991 for burglary, larceny and forgery. Trott told the judge he served two and a half years in jail and was placed on probation.
Several members of Chapter 96 were in court.
“Very much so a sense of betrayal. As a veterans group, we begin friends, we become comrades,” said Dan Stack.
“A little bit angry, yes,” said James St. Amand. “Being a disabled veteran myself, I feel as though we were done wrong. He stole funding that could have gone to the benefit of others and it angers me.”
However, Trott’s attorney said this matter was already considered in civil court and the case was dismissed.
“Those allegations which comprise the majority of the money they are claiming about are just absurd, just done for headline purposes,” attorney Williams Gens said.
Gens said some of the money went to purchase vehicles.
“The DAV has those vans. They exist. They were titled in the (organization’s ) name, not in Richard Trott’s name. Ultimately, what this was was a power struggle. He wasn’t running things the way they wanted him to so they charged him civilly. Now they charged him criminally,” Gens said.
Trott’s case was continued until Feb. 21.
Amanda Adolphus accused of stealing $700 from store
Amanda Adolphus, 47, was arrested after J.C. Penney security caught her and her 17-year-old daughter stealing about 20 pieces of clothing, valued at nearly $750, on Thursday at 2:40 p.m., according to a Natick Police report filed in Framingham District Court on Monday.
On Thursday, J.C. Penney security told police that they watched two women, Adolphus and her daughter, put clothing from the men’s department in a mesh bag.
The pair then made a small purchase and Adolphus went into the changing room with the items, as well as what appeared to be an empty J.C. Penney and Hollister bag, the report said.
“The suspect (Adolphus) who entered the fitting room was observed concealing items into the Hollister bag and J.C. Penney bag,” the report said.
When she left the changing room, Adolphus handed the bags with the stolen items to her daughter, who brought them to the car, and then returned, authorities allege. The pair then repeated the theft in the juniors department.
After Adolphus again filled empty bags with the stolen items, she handed the bags to her daughter. This time, security stopped the girl on her way to the car. Both she and Adolphus admitted to the theft, the report said.
Adolphus, of 10A Ellard Road, was charged with larceny of property worth more than $250, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Her daughter will be summoned to Framingham Juvenile Court and charged with larceny of property worth more than $250 and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Adolphus was arraigned Friday in Framingham Juvenile Court on the delinquency charge, but the arraignment results are not public. She was released without bail after pleading not guilty in Framingham District Court on Monday.
She is due back in court on Feb. 7 for a pretrial conference.