"Alleged Savin Hill robbers wore GPS bracelets, officials say" by Laura Crimaldi Globe Staff February 11, 2016
The three masked men who allegedly robbed the Pleasant View Market in Dorchester with a silver handgun Wednesday evening had an Achilles heel: All three were wearing GPS-monitoring bracelets that followed them from the store to a nearby apartment, a prosecutor said Thursday.
“All their [GPS devices] pinged to the store at the time of the robbery,” said Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Marc Tohme, who spoke at an arraignment for the men in Dorchester Municipal Court.
Standing out of view of the courtroom were Jose Morales, 21, Andronique Dossantos, 18, and Kallahn Winbush, 18, who were accused of holding up the store on Savin Hill Avenue around 6 p.m. and then fleeing to an apartment on Roach Street. The men were arrested nearly three hours later after a standoff with Boston police that ended peacefully, authorities said.
Tohme said investigators had been tracking a string of similar robberies in the neighborhood when Pleasant View Market was ambushed.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of the men, who are accused of armed robbery while masked and of firearms offenses.
It was the second time the store had been robbed since Jan. 20, Clerk Md Rahman, 38, said. In the other robbery, he said, three men armed with a gun held up a clerk who was working alone.
Officers pursuing the robbers Wednesday night focused on 22 Roach St., a police report said, because they had tracked a masked suspect wearing a GPS bracelet to that location after several recent armed robberies in the neighborhood.
Police surrounded the building, where Morales’s mother, Melinda Beschen, 46, lives on the first floor.
In an interview Thursday, Beschen said she initially refused to open the door for officers because they would not explain why they were there and she worried about the safety of Morales’s 1-year-old son, who was inside the apartment with Morales and Morales’s girlfriend. Beschen said her fiance and two of Morales’s friends were also in the unit.
“It wasn’t a standoff,” she said. “They wouldn’t tell me why they were here.”
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy, a department spokesman, said officers could not reveal everything because they were worried that armed men were inside the apartment.
During a search of the unit, police found cash, a loaded .45-caliber firearm, cigarettes, clothing allegedly worn by the thieves, and a blue backpack, which one of the suspects had carried into the store, a police report said.
Police Commissioner William B. Evans lauded the SWAT team for not rushing into the building and choosing instead to “slow things down.”
Look at all the junk food!
They should have had a better getaway driver:
"Police arrested a Lowell woman Thursday in connection with a bank robbery in Chelmsford, one of a string of heists over the past week. Beth Giguere, 36, is believed to be the driver of a blue Toyota RAV4 seen after a robbery of a Citizens Bank on Sunday, police said. The man she allegedly operated with, Joshua Pittochelli of Methuen, was arrested on Tuesday, police said. Pittochelli is also charged in attempted robberies at a convenience store in Methuen and a bank in Lawrence. “This is an example of excellent police work by all three police departments,” Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney said in a statement. “We have taken two criminals off the streets.”
Make that three:
"A suspect who fled after allegedly assaulting a police officer and then striking a 65-year-old man with his car in Woburn has been arrested. Tyson Delgado, 29, of Winthrop, was found hiding under a bed in a home in Mattapan at about 2 p.m., said Dave Procopio, a State Police spokesman. Woburn and Boston police, along with the State Police fugitive unit, had been searching for him since Wednesday."
Winthrop man assaulted officer, hit man with his car, police say
Woburn hit-and-run suspect is arraigned
Time for me to skedaddle.