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Somerville Police Investigate Diversion Thefts

Somerville Police are seeking to identify the suspects depicted in the attached video in connection with a series of diversion thefts at neighborhood convenience stores. In a recent incident at Shivalic Food and Spices at 310 Broadway in Somerville on November 10th, a lone subject enters the store shortly after opening and presents a large bill for a small purchase.   Knowing that the clerk will not have sufficient change in the register, the clerk will go to wherever additional working cash is stored. After seeing where the clerk retrieves the money, the lone subject then leaves the store.

A short time later, two other accomplices enter the store and make separate purchases of lottery tickets.   The second accomplice makes a legitimate purchase and remains in the store. The third accomplice short changes the clerk for the lottery tickets and quickly leaves the store while the second accomplice is still at the counter. The second accomplice then goes outside and tells the clerk that the third subject is still outside. In an attempt to recover the money, the clerk runs outside to confront the suspect. At this point, while the clerk is occupied outside the store, trying to recover the under payment, the first suspect re-enters the store, goes to where the extra cash is stored and quickly steals the hidden cash, and leaves in less than thirty seconds. The clerk is usually unaware of the theft until long after the suspects have left.

Two similar incidents are under investigation, one at the Y-Not Variety in Somerville on November 18th and another at a convenience store in Everett. The suspects appear to be targeting local stores operated by middle Eastern clerks. The suspects in the Shiivalic incident are described as three males, possibly Hispanic, in their twenties to thirties. The suspects in the Y-Not incident are two possibly Hispanic males (same as the Shivalic incident) and one female.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Somerville Police at 617 625-1212.

 

Somerville Man Arrested For Taking Secret Photos

On November 1st. Somerville Police responded to a disturbance at the YMCA at 101 Highland Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers learned that a female had observed an unknown suspect who had been secretly taking photos from behind a bathroom stall while she was changing her clothes. A second woman, who had just left the women’s locker room minutes earlier was also present. After getting a description of the suspect, a search of the YMCA resulted in locating the suspect in the men’s locker room. He was identified as
Ryan, Anthony Perez, age 24, who at the time, was a resident at the YMCA. Perez admitted being in the women’s locker room but said it was all a misunderstanding. Perez had a cell phone in his possession but denied taking any pictures. The phone was seized as part of this investigation.

Perez was initially charged in Somerville District Court with annoying and accosting a person sexually, and Photographing, Video-recording or Electronically Surveilling a Partially Nude or Nude Person.

A subsequent search of Perez’s cell phone pursuant to a search warrant led to the identification of three Somerville victims who had been secretly video recorded. In addition, images of other similar potential victims were also recovered. Those incidents appear to have taken place outside of Somerville. Somerville Police have been working with other Police agencies relative to that part of the investigation.

Additional charges will be filed at a future date.  

 

Police Make Arrest in Indecent Assault and Battery Investigation

Somerville Police have arrested a 22 year old Somerville man in connection with several recent indecent assaults on women in Somerville and Medford.  Over the past two months, Somerville Police, working together with Cambridge, Medford, Transit and Tufts University Police and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, have arrested Alfredo Romero Posada after a two month long investigation of area assaults on women.  A special task force was formed to conduct this investigation since mid September.  The Task Force utilized surveillance teams, Decoy Officers and Saturated Patrols in the Davis Square and Porter Square neighborhoods.  Posada was observed in the Davis Square area on October 29th by officers assigned to this task force.  Surveillance officers were able to stop and identify him as a potential suspect as he was approaching a woman walking alone. 

As a result of that intervention, and the follow-up investigation, Posada was ordered by the Middlesex Grand Jury to appear in a line-up at Somerville Police Headquarters tonight.  Posada was identified by the victims of two Somerville incidents and one Medford incident.  He will be charged with three counts of assault with intent to rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery.   Posada was identified as the assailant in a September 10th incident on Wallace Street and a September 24th incident on College Avenue.  He will also be charged in connection with an October 22nd incident on College Avenue in Medford. 

Chief Thomas Pasquarello expressed his gratitude to all of the investigators and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office who worked long hours over the past two months to identify and apprehend this suspect.   “We are grateful for the courage and cooperation of each victim and the support that we have received from the community and our law enforcement partners” said Chief Pasquarello.  

Posada will be arraigned tomorrow in Somerville District Court.  No photo will be released at this time.  

 
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