Saugus Police Department https://sauguspd.com Official Website Thu, 03 May 2018 19:59:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/sauguspd.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2014/05/cropped-SPD-patch-noback4.png?fit=32%2C32 Saugus Police Department https://sauguspd.com 32 32 Saugus Police Investigating Theft of Sewer Grates https://sauguspd.com/2018/05/03/saugus-police-investigating-theft-of-sewer-grates/ Thu, 03 May 2018 19:59:30 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222276 SAUGUS -- Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is seeking the public's assistance as it investigates the theft of several heavy sewer grates, which poses a significant public safety risk on town roadways.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Investigating Theft of Sewer Grates

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance as it investigates the theft of several heavy sewer grates, which poses a significant public safety risk on town roadways.

Over the past two days, the department has received two calls reporting the theft of sewer grates and drain covers.

In the first incident, reported Wednesday night, it was reported that someone or some group stole eight sewer grades from the area of 1565 Broadway.

The second theft was reported by the Saugus Department of Public Works. Three sewer grates were stolen from Essex Street and the area around the Lynnhurst Elementary School.

Each grate weighs about 300 lbs. All of the grates were stolen from public roadways or public property.

The theft of sewer grates and drain covers poses a serious public safety hazard for motorists, bicyclist and pedestrians. The theft of roadway coverings near a school, where children regularly walk, is especially concerning.

The police department is asking for the public’s assistance. As always, if you see something, say something. Anyone who sees something or someone suspicious is urged to contact the Saugus Police Department at 781-941-1199 or by dialing 911 if they are observing something in real-time.

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Saugus Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect https://sauguspd.com/2018/04/23/saugus-police-arrest-armed-robbery-suspect/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:53:12 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222269 SAUGUS -- Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man over the weekend for armed robbery.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 23, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man over the weekend for armed robbery.

BARRE HURLEY, AGE 28, OF SAUGUS is charged with Armed Robbery and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

HURLEY also has three active warrants: Possession of a Class B Drug, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License and a Marked Lanes Violation.

On Saturday, April 21, Saugus Police received a 911 call from an employee at Amato’s Discount Liquors, 206 Lincoln Ave., who reported that a man had entered the store, brandished a syringe and demanded money. The suspect then fled with an undetermined amount of cash on foot in the direction of Kane’s Donuts.

Saugus Police responded to the scene and subsequently located the suspect, later identified as HURLEY, on Ballard Street at Spencer Avenue — a short distance from Amato’s.

HURLEY was placed under arrest and later held at the Saugus Police Department pending his arraignment at Lynn District Court.

Chief DiMella would like to recognize Sgt. Stephen Rappa, Officer Brian Misci, Officer Jeffery Wood, Officer David Zeitz and Officer Brittany Naumann for their quick response and keen investigative skills that led to the apprehension of the suspect.

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Saugus and Revere Police Seize Cocaine, Credit Card Making Materials https://sauguspd.com/2018/03/30/saugus-and-revere-police-seize-cocaine-credit-card-making-materials/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:04:30 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222260 Saugus Police Department Chief Domenic J. DiMella 27 Hamilton Street Saugus, MA 01906 For Immediate Release Friday, March 30, 2018 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net Saugus and Revere Police Seize Cocaine, Credit Card Making Materials Two Men Facing Several Charges Following Three Month Investigation SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that […]

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 30, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus and Revere Police Seize Cocaine, Credit Card Making Materials

Two Men Facing Several Charges Following Three Month Investigation

Saugus and Revere Police seized two kilograms of cocaine and about $75,000 in cash after executing a search warrant this week. (Courtesy Photo Saugus Police)

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department detectives, working in cooperation with the Revere Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, arrested two individuals on numerous charges.

JAMMY ALPHONSE, AGE 24, OF REVERE was charged with:

  • Trafficking in More than 200 Grams of Cocaine
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
  • Possession of  a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Receiving Stolen Property Over $250
  • Identity Fraud
  • Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card Press
  • Possession of a Blank Credit Card

JOHN LUBIN, AGE 24, OF SOMERVILLE was arrested and charged with:

  • Credit Card Fraud Over $250
  • Larceny Over $250 by False Pretense

On Thursday, March 29, Revere and Saugus Police executed a search warrant at an apartment on Revere Beach Boulevard following a three month credit card fraud and larceny investigation.

During the execution of that warrant, officers seized two kilograms of cocaine, approximately $75,000 in cash, a firearm, a credit card embossing machine and a computer equipped with an encoder used to imprint names and account information to create fraudulent credit cards.

ALPHONSE and LUBIN were taken into custody without incident during the search.

“I want to commend our Detective Unit for their hard work on this case. I also want to thank the Revere Police Department,” Chief DiMella said. “Whenever you get drugs and a gun off the street and arrest the people allegedly responsible for bringing this into our neighborhoods it is a good day for law enforcement and the community.”

“I am proud of the continuing enforcement to rid the community of illegal narcotics and weapons, and I want to thank the Saugus Police Department for its invaluable support throughout this investigation,” Revere Police Chief James Guido said. “The Revere Police Department strives to make the City of Revere safer every day.”

ALPHONSE was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court and held on $500,000 bail. Arraignment information for LUBIN was not immediately available.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. 

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Saugus Police Respond to Rollover Crash https://sauguspd.com/2018/03/28/saugus-police-respond-to-rollover-crash/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:23:55 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222256 SAUGUS -- Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department responded to a two-car crash this morning that left a man critically injured.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Respond to Rollover Crash

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department responded to a two-car crash this morning that left a man critically injured.

At approximately 7:08 a.m., Saugus Police received multiple 911 calls for a motor vehicle crash in the area of Walnut Street at Birchwood Avenue.

Upon arrival, police observed a Chevy Silverado pickup truck on its side and a Nissan Altima with significant front end damage, which was upright.

The Saugus Fire Department also responded to the scene and had to extricate the driver of the pickup, using hydraulic rescue tools. He was transported via ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Nissan and a passenger declined on-scene medical treatment.

The cause of the accident remains under active investigation by the Saugus Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

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Saugus Police Accepting Applications for Civilian Police Academy 2018 https://sauguspd.com/2018/03/27/saugus-police-accepting-applications-for-civilian-police-academy-2018/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:16:40 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222248 The Saugus Police Department is now accepting applications for the Civilian Police Academy, which will begin on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (6pm-8pm) and run for seven weeks. The Civilian Police Academy program is a great opportunity for community members to see and understand the role and function of the police department.  Anyone who has an interest in becoming a police officer […]

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The Saugus Police Department is now accepting applications for the Civilian Police Academy, which will begin on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (6pm-8pm) and run for seven weeks.

The Civilian Police Academy program is a great opportunity for community members to see and understand the role and function of the police department.  Anyone who has an interest in becoming a police officer or who just wants to see the inner-workings of the police department should take advantage of this class and sign up.  

The free program will be offered to Saugus residents age 18 and over, and is designed to bring citizens into the police station and give them a clear picture of what it’s like to be a Saugus Police Officer.

Officers will instruct classes on subjects such as domestic violence, motor vehicle law, patrol procedures, accidents, firearms awareness, juvenile and drug problems, and other topics relevant to police work. The academy will also include a police ride-along and a tour of the Middleton House of Correction.

Those who wish to register for the academy should complete an application and return it to the Saugus Police Station.

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Man Charged in Saugus Robbery Arrested in Boston https://sauguspd.com/2018/02/19/man-charged-saugus-robbery-arrested-boston/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:51:44 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222224 Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that a man charged with robbing a Saugus motel and assaulting an employee was recently placed under arrest by Boston Police.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Man Charged in Saugus Robbery Arrested in Boston

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that a man charged with robbing a Saugus motel and assaulting an employee was recently placed under arrest by Boston Police.

JOHN BOWDEN, AGE 47, OF MELROSE is charged with:

  • Unarmed Robbery
  • Assault and Battery

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at approximately 4 a.m., a man, later identified as BOWDEN, walked into the office of the Chisholm’s Motor Inn, 1314 Broadway, and demanded money from an employee inside.

BOWDEN pushed and struck the employee in the face multiple times and ordered the victim to give him money out of the cash register.

BOWDEN then tied the victim’s hands with a shoelace and fled from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim suffered injuries to his face, but did not require medical attention.

The victim was eventually able to free himself and called 911.

Through a subsequent investigation, BOWDEN was identified and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Later that day, BOWDEN was arrested by Boston Police on separate charges.

He is expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court at a later date.

Chief DiMella would like to recognize the investigative efforts and diligence of the Saugus Police 1-9 Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Unit. He also expresses his appreciation to the Boston Police Department for their assistance with the investigation and apprehension of BOWDEN.

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Officer Augustine J. Belmonte EOW 2/16/1969 https://sauguspd.com/2018/02/16/officer-augustine-j-belmonte-eow-2-16-1969/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:04:19 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222205 Officer Augustine “Gus” Belmonte was killed in the line of duty during a robbery at the Red Coach Grill on Route 1 on February 16, 1969. REST IN PEACE

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Officer Augustine “Gus” Belmonte was killed in the line of duty during a robbery at the Red Coach Grill on Route 1 on February 16, 1969.

REST IN PEACE

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Saugus Police Warn Residents of IRS Scam Involving Police Impersonators https://sauguspd.com/2018/02/14/saugus-police-warn-residents-irs-scam-involving-police-impersonators/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:51:35 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222198 SAUGUS -- Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are warning residents of an IRS scam involving an individual impersonating law enforcement officers and threatening victims with arrest for non-payment of taxes.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Warn Residents of IRS Scam Involving Police Impersonators

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are warning residents of an IRS scam involving an individual impersonating law enforcement officers and threatening victims with arrest for non-payment of taxes.

Saugus Police have received two reports from residents who stated that they received calls from an unknown individual spoofing the department’s business phone number, 781-233-1740. The callers subsequently threatened residents with arrest if they did not immediately pay back taxes owed to the IRS.

The calls were accompanied by text messages also appearing to come from Saugus Police that demanded payment in the form of a prepaid debit card.

“Our officers will never call or text a resident regarding their state or federal taxes, and anyone who claims to represent the police in doing so is a scammer,” Chief DiMella said. “I encourage anyone who is contacted in this manner to immediately hang up and call us directly.”

To avoid becoming a victim of an IRS scam, residents are encouraged to remember the following:

  • The IRS first contacts people by mail — not by phone — about unpaid taxes.
  • The IRS will not ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card, a money order or wire transfer.
  • The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.
  • The IRS never requests personal or financial information by email, text or social media.

If you receive a call from an IRS scammer, hang up. Do not engage with these callers.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, or if you think you may owe money, hang up and call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

If you get a scam call and do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form online at treasury.gov, or call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

The IRS also advises residents to forward scam emails to phishing@irs.gov, and to not open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.

If you are ever unsure about a potential scam, contact the Saugus Police Department at 781-233-1740.

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Video and Photos: Saugus Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect https://sauguspd.com/2017/11/27/video-photos-saugus-police-searching-armed-robbery-suspect/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:22:37 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222162 Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Saturday evening.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Saturday evening.

Saugus Police responded to Amato’s Liquor Store on Lincoln Avenue at 11 p.m. for a reported armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man entered the store a short time earlier and brandished a black handgun while demanding money.

The suspect fled with a quantity of cash. He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans or sweatpants, a black mask, and a camouflage New England Patriots logo ball cap. The suspect is believed to had fled on foot.

Multiple officers and a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit responded and attempted to track the suspect, but no one was found.

The clerk was not injured in the altercation.

The Saugus Police Department is making video surveillance footage from the robbery available, with the hope that someone will recognize the suspect and provide information leading to his identification and capture. Click here for video footage.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call Saugus Police Detective Frank Morello at 781-941-1181. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip by clicking here: https://sauguspd.com/contact-us/submit-an-anonymous-tip/

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Saugus Police Charge Man With Heroin Trafficking https://sauguspd.com/2017/11/17/saugus-police-charge-man-heroin-trafficking/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:59:56 +0000 https://sauguspd.com/?p=222143 The Saugus Police Department arrested a man on multiple charges, including heroin trafficking, yesterday.

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Saugus Police Charge Man With Heroin Trafficking

Saugus Police seized 155 grams of suspected heroin with a street value of $9,000. (Courtesy Photo)

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man on multiple charges, including heroin trafficking, yesterday.

FRANK LAPORTA, AGE 33, OF SOMERVILLE, was arrested and charged with:

  • Trafficking Heroin Over 100 Grams
  • Possession of a Class C substance
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Malicious Destruction of Property over $250

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, Saugus Police were dispatched to the Avalon Motel for a report of a man destroying a room.

Upon arrival, officers located a man, later identified as LAPORTA, pacing outside of one of the motel rooms. Officers observed that the room had been torn apart, with the bed, a table and a chair all flipped over.

Officers began an on-scene investigation and asked LAPORTA to have a seat inside the room. As he sat, officers observed large bulges coming from the pockets of his shorts and noticed that LAPORTA continuously reached into his pockets in spite of instructions not to do so.

Police searched LAPORTA’s pockets and removed a knife and a needle, which was snagged on a plastic bag containing several smaller bags with a brown powder substance believed to be heroin and three yellow pills believed to be Clonazepam inside.

While checking LAPORTA’s pockets, officers observed a large bulge in his waistband and removed a large plastic bag that contained several bags of brown powder believed to be heroin. At that time, LAPORTA allegedly attempted to flee from the officers, who were able to subdue him and take him into custody without further incident.

The 155 grams of suspected heroin in LAPORTA’s possession has an estimated street value of $9,000.

LAPORTA was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and was subsequently booked and held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment, which was scheduled for this morning in Lynn District Court.

“I want to congratulate the Patrol Division and the officers involved in this case for their dedication and professionalism in apprehending this suspect,” Chief DiMella said. “They safely deescalated a potentially dangerous situation and seized a significant amount of deadly drugs.”

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