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Two men from Dorchester – Boston were arrested for Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges last week for allegedly stealing from two stores at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Johnny Hippolite, 30, and Gerald Blain, 35, were with arrested and charged with Shoplifting and Receiving Stolen Property Over $250.

According to the Braintree Police, one was allegedly observed stealing two bottles of cologne while the other man served as a lookout. Police also allegedly recovered over $400 of stolen merchandise from Macy’s.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Shoplifting is the intentional taking of merchandise offered for sale by a merchant with the intention of depriving the merchant of its possession without paying for its value. A first offense Shoplifting charge only carries a penalty of $100 and a fine of $500 for a second offense. A third conviction for shoplifting carries the potential for imprisonment for up to 2 years in the House of Corrections.

By contract, the Massachusetts Theft Crime of Receiving Stolen Property is the receiving or aiding in the concealment of stolen property knowing it to have been stolen. The crime of Receiving Stolen Property carries a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections for a first offense; and up to 5 years in state prison for a second or subsequent offense (or of the value of the items stolen exceeds $250).

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for free consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, including Shoplifting and Receiving Stolen Property.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Massachusetts Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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thumbnail.aspx.jpegTwo men, one from Boston and the other from Stoughton, were arrested this past Saturday on Massachusetts Theft Crimes and Violent Crimes Charges in an alleged purse snatching incident.

Nathaniel Webster, 32, of Boston, and Tameika Dunbar, 29, of Stoughton, were both charged with Unarmed Robbery, Resisting Arrest and Assault & Battery.

According to the Boston Police Department, Webster and Dunbar allegedly came behind two woman in Mattapan, hit them and stole one of their purses. The pair was reportedly arrested after their car was pulled over nearby by responding police officers.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Unarmed Robbery makes criminal the act of one, who is not armed with a dangerous weapon, by who by force or violence robs or steals the property or money of another person. The potential penalty for Unarmed Robbery in Massachusetts is imprisonment for any term of years up to life.

In my practice, allegations of Armed Robbery and Unarmed Robbery in circumstances involving purse snatching are more and more common. In the past, persons charged with these crimes often had their charges reduced to Larceny from the Person and the cases usually remained in the district courts.

In the past year or so, as purse snatching are more common and apparently increasing in violence, prosecutors are taking a closer look at these cases and appear to be indicting more of them to Superior Court, where the penalties are much stiffer.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, including Armed Robbery and Unarmed Robbery.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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skinner.jpgA man who worked as a substance abuse counselor was charged in Cambridge District Court this past week on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly attempting to scam clients by promising a reduction in their criminal charges in exchange for a “court fee”.

Greg Skinner was arraigned in Cambridge District Court this week on charges of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretenses.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office alleges that Skinner, in his role as a drug counselor, tried to persuade client he was counseling to pay him a hefty “court fee”, and that he, in exchange would arrange so that their criminal charges would be reduced. He would allegedly tell client that he had connections to the court’s Probation Department and that the charges would be reduced for a fee of $2,750.

This month, prosecutors allege that he attempted to obtain this ridiculous ‘court fee’ from a current client. The client, however, along with his parents, reported him to the Massachusetts State Police, who then arranged a sting operation to confirm the allegations. Thereafter, an undercover state trooper, posing as the client’s mother, allegedly met with Skinner and provided him with the requested $2,750. Once the money was exchanged, Skinner allegedly stated that he had already taken care of the charges.

In reality, the Probation Department really has no leverage, aside from making a strong recommendation, to have anyone’s charges reduced or dismissed. Ultimately, any decision to reduce someone’s charges must either come from the District Attorney’s Office, or upon motion by the defendant directly to the Judge who will ultimately decide whether or not the charges should and/or can be reduced.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Larceny from the Person Over $250 is a felony which carries a potential penalty of up to 5 years in state prison.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes, including Larceny from the Person.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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The Boston Globe reported that Canton Police arrested 2 brothers, one from Dorchester and the other from Quincy, with Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges in connection with the robberies of at least 30 Dunkin Donuts across Massachusetts.

Canton Police arrested Peter Wallace, of Dorchester, and Wayne Wallace, of Quincy, were arraigned in Stoughton District Court on theft charges including Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime to Commit a Felony; Malicious Destruction of Property and Unlawful Possession of Burglarious Tools.

According to the Canton Police Department, the two brothers were arrested in Canton after officers reportedly responded to an alarm at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Canton. The police alleged that responded officers allegedly observed the two brothers taking off their masks and then allegedly attempted to run away.

After chasing them onto I-93 and pulling their car over, Canton Police allege that the two men had evidence in their car, including a crowbar, sledgehammer and screwdriver.

Authorities believe that the Wallace brothers are responsible for at least 30 Dunkin’ Donuts robberies, including those in Boston, Wellesley, Quincy and Braintree.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime is a felony punishable by up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections or up to 20 years in state prison. In order to be convicted of Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime, the government has the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that:

  1. The defendant broke into a building;
  2. The defendant entered that building;
  3. With the intent to commit a felony; and
  4. Which took place in the nighttime.

Under Massachusetts law, a “breaking” is defined as any physical force, no matter how slight, to forcible remove an object in order to gain entry. Believe it or not, even opening an unlocked door or going through an open window is considered a “breaking”.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, including Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime; Armed Robbery; Receiving Stolen Property and Larceny from the Person.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Three men, two of which were employees of the armored car company, were arrested this week on Massachusetts Robbery Charges in connection with Monday’s armored car robbery in Methuen: Eliezer Martinez, 26, and Jose Salazar Vasquez, 21, both from Lawrence; and Justin Levesque.

Methuen Police and Boston FBI reported that the men, two of which are employees of the armored car company, that they were working a transaction shortly after 3:00 p.m. when they were approached by a man with a gun and ordered back into the armored car where they were robbed.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office, however, reported that the armored car guards allegedly gave conflicting stories, purportedly not getting straight the description of the alleged robber.

Although police allegedly did recover cash, a gun and duct tape, there is no confirmation as of yet how much of the approximately $380,000 that was allegedly stolen was recovered.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact with a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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Wilbert Nickerson, 76, of Weymouth, was arrested this past Sunday on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly stealing several hundred dollars in church donations from the St. Jerome Parish in Weymouth.

Nickerson was arraigned Monday morning in Quincy District Court on three counts of Larceny Over $250, a felony.

According to the Weymouth Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, Wilbert Nickerson was one of a handful of volunteers who was responsible for counting donations from the collections after church services. Church officials had reportedly suspected Nickerson of stealing from the collections, and this past Sunday, along with the Weymouth Police Department, allegedly used hidden cameras for surveillance while he counted the money.

The Weymouth Police Department had also reportedly included in the donations some money that were previous-recorded, and the hidden cameras allegedly captured Wilbert Nickerson pocketing money into his pocket six times.

According to Weymouth Police, Nickerson is suspected of pocketing church donations on at least 2 prior occasions.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Larceny Over $250 is a felony, which is punishable by incarceration to the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or up to 5 years in state prison. In order to prove someone guilty of the crime of Larceny, the prosecutor would have to prove:

  1. That the person took and carried away property;
  2. That property was owned by someone other than the defendant;
  3. That the defendant did so with the intent to deprive that person of the property permanently.

Following his arraignment in Quincy District Court, Wilbert Nickerson was released on his own personal recognizance.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, including Larceny and Armed Robbery.

Click Here for a Free Consultation with a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer, or call 617-325-9500.

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Misael Fuentes, 23, was arrested by Boston Police Officers Monday morning following a stolen car chase in Roxbury. He was charged with several Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, as well as Crimes of Violence Charges. Fuentes has been charged with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Failure to Stop for Police, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Property Damage, and Unlawful Possession of Burglarious Tools.

According to the Boston Police Department, officers were conducting surveillance of a stolen car that was, at the time, not occupied. Sometime later, police allegedly observed someone get into that stolen car and drive off. Boston Police initially lost sight of the car, but were then able to locate it, but it was again unattended. A short while later, however, officers observed a person get into that car and drive off. At that time, Boston Police reportedly tried to stop the car, but the Fuentes allegedly sped up and led police on a chase in Roxbury.

During the chase, Boston Police allege that Fuentes “bumped” an officers’ car, and also allegedly struck two other cars. The person driving the car was reportedly able to evade police, and when the car was again relocated, it was unoccupied.

A Boston Police canine officers responded to the area and the dog purportedly located Misael Fuentes allegedly hiding underneath a porch on Dean Street in Roxbury.

Certainly one of the issues in Misael Fuentes’ defense in this case is going to rise and fall on the ability of the Boston Police Officers to adequately identify him as the suspect that got into that car. In cases where the Defense of Identification is a live issue, such as this, prosecutors would have to prove to a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Misael Fuentes was the person driving that car – particularly where Boston Police lost sight of the car on at least two occasions; may not have gotten a good look at him entering the car and/or driving it; and not seeing him park or exit the car.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes and Crimes of Violence Charges, including Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglarious Tools, and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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Andres Townes and Gloria Escobar, both of Revere, were arrested on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges in connection with fraudulent fare-evasion scheme that police allege bilked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority of $4 million. Both were arraigned in Salem District Court earlier this week on charges including Larceny and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny.

According to police, Andres Townes and Gloria Escobar allegedly conspired in the production and sale of discounted MBTA passes to thousands of people in the greater Boston area and across Massachusetts. The alleged scheme was reportedly initiated from a single ad on Craigslist, and grew to a conglomerate involving a entire network of distributors serving customers making orders of the passes to a post office address.

The scheme was reportedly discovered by an MBTA conductor who noticed that a customer’s pass was faded. Further investigation led to authorities to question that rider, who informed the inspector that he had purchased the pass on Craigslist, which then revealed that the MBTA had no record of its serial number.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office in Salem, currently on administrative leave, Andres Townes was employed by Cubic Transportation Systems, the california company that processes approximately $135 million in MBTA passes distributed annually, dating back to as early as 2007. Townes was reportedly responsible for overseeing the sale and service of all MBTA passes that were not purchases at MBTA stations, and therefore allegedly had access to MBTA machines that printed and encoded the ‘CharlieTickets’ and MBTA monthly passes.

Although the MBTA had implemented a system whereby the MBTA would receive notification of all new passes created, Andres Townes had allegedly discovered a way to bypass or disable those transmissions, which allegedly enabled him to create and distribute thousands of the fake passes. Once used, these fake passes were virtually undetectable by the electronic system and unable to be determined whether they came from legitimate accounts.

Andres Townes is believed to have profited in over $800,000 from the fake MBTA passes, while Escobar was allegedly paid approximately $25,000 per month for her involvement.

Following their arraignments in Salem District Court on these Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, Andres Townes was held on $250,000 cash bail, while Gloria Escobar was held on $100,000 cash bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is avaialble 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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Matthew David Griggs, 19, has been indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly holding up the Lynnfield Street Market in Lynn. He is scheduled to be charged in Salem Superior Court for Armed Robbery While Masked and Gun Crimes Charges.

According to the Lynn Police Department, Griggs held up the Lynnfield Street Market in Lynn on March 6. Allegedly wearing a mask, he walked into the convenience store with a large hunting knife, ran behind the counter and grabbed $350 before fleeing in a grey car. Although Griggs was allegedly wearing a mask that only partially covered his face, the store clerk told Lynn Police that he recognized the man as a customer.

Several hours later, Matthew David Griggs reportedly turned himself into the Lynn Police Department and admitted that he was the man involved in the robbery of the convenience store.

Meanwhile, Griggs also had other criminal charges pending in Salem Superior Court relating to Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges. He had previously been arrested in November 2009 for allegedly possession a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition. In that case, he has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

At the time of his arrest on the Armed Robbery Charges, Griggs had been free on $500 cash bail on the Gun Crimes Charges.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in defending Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges such as Armed Robbery, as well as Gun Crimes Charges, and is available 24/7 for consultation.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Gun Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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DeMetro.jpgA couple was arrested Thursday afternoon on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly convincing an elderly Braintree woman to let them into her home and then robbing her of cash and jewelry.

George DeMetro and Dina Miller, have been charged with Breaking & Entering in the Daytime and Receiving Stolen Property, and were arraigned this morning in Quincy District Court.

According to police, DeMetro and Miller, who are from North Carolina, allegedly claimed they were from a Massachusetts regulatory agency there to check on the electrical wiring on the elderly woman’s home. Miller then allegedly convinced the woman to come with him and check a shed in the backyard, while DeMetro gained entry into the home.

The woman’s husband, who was home at the time, reportedly yelled out to his wife, who was outside, that a man was upstairs in the bedroom. DeMetro allegedly told the couple he was simply checking the water in the bathroom. He then made his way downstairs at which time DeMetro and Miller left the home.

Police responded to the home and the couple reported the Theft Crimes, as they located DeMetro and Miller at a D’Angelo’s in Braintree.

A search of the couple’s truck revealed $60,000 in cash, jewelry, silverware and other valuable items had been taken, and Braintree Police believe the couple had allegedly targeted other elderly couples in similar Theft Crimes in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, and is available 24/7 for consultation.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.