They say things happen in three’s – Detailing a flurry of activity for the WPD

Thursday, September 30, 2010
By Cary Shuman

It was a busy end to the week last week, as Winthrop police officers arrested three individuals for theft in two cases and opened a third investigation into damage done to a motor vehicle on Point Shirley.

Local man steals sewer cover

Winthrop resident Joshua Shulman, 35, of 19 Ocean View Street in Winthrop was arrested in connection with  the theft from the town of Winthrop of a 200-pound cast iron sewer cover, which was stolen from Cliff Avenue at around 2:30 in the afternoon.

Off duty officer Robert Jaworski, recognized Shulman as he drove away from the crime scene, and a witness to the theft gave local police a complete description of the suspect vehicle which had left with the sewer cover. Police investigation into the vehicle also led to Shulman and, later as Jaworski was on his way to work he came upon Shulman in traffic, stopped the vehicle and located the missing sewer cover.

According to Jaworski’s report, the suspect admitted to the theft and told him that he was on his way to return the sewer cover to Cliff Avenue.

Shulman was charged with larceny over $250.

attempted theft Winthrop police are investigating a report by a Point Shirley man, that an unkown Hispanic male was found rummaging through his car at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday, Sep. 23.

The victim in the incident, told police that he was leaving his house for an early shift at work, when he found the suspect in the rear of his 1995 Acura Integra, attempting to remove the seat. When he called out to the man, the suspect fled the scene and the victim also noticed that vehicle with a second party in it also drove away from the area immediately upon being noticed.

Responding police officers did record a vehicle, similar in description to the one noted by the victim, leaving Point Shirley as they arrived. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Parking enforcement identifies

pair of young thieves

An alert Winthrop police officer working the overnight parking enforcement shift, was able to catch two young thieves and retrieve the items that they’d stolen, after noticing an open door on a parked vehicle during his rounds and finding a small flashlight at the scene.

Officer Sean Hickey took the names of both young offenders and drove them home to their parents, pending the possibility that additional victims come forward.

According to Hickey’s report, after noticing the open car door on Cutler Street at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sep. 25 and investigating, he suspected that someone was breaking into cars in the beach neighborhood between Shirley Street and Winthrop Shore Drive.

During a subsequent search of the area, Hickey stopped the two young males, one of whom was a juvenile and the younger cousin of the older male, and began questioning them about there activities during the evening.

When the two suspects had trouble explaining themselves and refused to give their names, he asked them to open a small black back pack being carried by the younger suspect and found a plastic baggie that contained what appeared to be marijuana.

During his interview with the suspects, the older male, a Lynnfield resident admitted to Officer Hickey that he and his cousin, of Winthrop and with whom he was staying, had entered “at least ten” cars in the neighborhood between Pearl Avenue and the parking lot where they were found on Irwin Street.

Neither of the two young men were charged with a crime, but their personal information was recorded and Hickey indicated that if other victims come forward describing the loss of personal property that was not found that evening, future charges could be filed in the appropriate courts.

Chief Terrence Delehanty complimented Officer Hickey’s alertness and work in locating the suspects.

“There is still quite a bit of property that was recovered from that incident that has not been claimed at the station, said Chief Delehanty. “If there are any victims from the beach neighborhood who are missing personal property, we encourage them to come to the station and make a report and we can see if we have the items that are missing.”

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