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Scanner tales: Stories from Braintree police log

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 31, 2011 03:01 PM

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Three arrested after allegedly selling Oxycodone
Three people, including a father and his daughter, were arrested on drug charges Monday afternoon after allegedly taking part in a drug transaction.

Police were investigating a report that the operator of a green Ford Explorer may be involved in drug sales in Braintree, and went to investigate.

According to police, a Chevrolet Tahoe, parked on Logan Drive, raised suspicions when neither occupant exited the car.

A short time later, a green Ford Explorer drove past the Tahoe, which the Tahoe followed, driving to a nearby street.

The detectives approached both vehicles and confronted the occupants. A search of the Tahoe, being driven by George A. Sass, 58, of Taunton with his daughter, Angela N. Sass, 27, in the passenger seat, uncovered a pill vial containing a tied off plastic bag with 80 30-mg pills of Oxycodone inside, police said.

A search of the daughter's purse allegedly uncovered more Oxycodone pills. She also was found to be in possession of a single 30-mg Oxycodone pill and five Klonopin pills in a separate pill vial, police said.

The two were questioned, as was the driver of the Explorer, a David W. Atwater, 43, of Avon, and all three gave conflicting stories, police said.

All three were placed under arrest and charged with trafficking in Oxycodone and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Angela Sass was additionally charged with possession of Oxycodone and Klonopin.

Man arrested for stealing guns, knives
A Whitman man was arrested Monday evening after allegedly removing two pellet guns and two knives from their packaging at K-Mart and attempting to leave the store with them.

Loss prevention said they watched as the man, later identified as Kenneth J. Short, 32, of Whitman, took the items out of their packaging and put them in his pants.

According to police, Short then went over to Sports Authority, where he was allegedly observed removing several more knives from their packaging and hiding those items as well.

Short was detained by employees and charged with shoplifting and receiving stolen property, a total of $300 of merchandise.

Man says he was robbed at gunpoint
Police are investigating a report from a 24-year old Randolph man who said he was robbed at gunpoint by two unidentified men at the Ridge apartment complex on West Street last Friday.

According to police, the man said he placed a Craiglist ad for two iPads for sale and agreed to meet a man at what he believed to be a residence at the West Street apartment complex.

When the victim and his brother arrived at the rear of Building 3, two men were leaving the vestibule, looking as though they lived in the building.

One of the men asked the victim to come inside to get out of the cold. Once inside, the suspect pulled a black handgun and demanded the two iPads, the victim’s iPhone, and his wallet, the police said.

After robbing the man, the suspects fled on foot.

A canine unit tracked the scent to a parking lot, where a witness said she saw two men matching the victim’s descriptions.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Sisters arrested in shoplifting at Plaza
Two sisters from Boston were arrested at Macy’s in the South Shore Plaza on Friday evening after allegedly stealing various pieces of jewelry from the store.

One of the bags one of the suspects was carrying was later found to be lined with foil in an attempt to defeat security sensors, police said.

After recovering more than $800 of jewelry, police arrested Tracie Ghella, 37, of South Boston, and Lisa Ghella, 43, of Dorchester.

Tracie Ghelia was charged with larceny over $250, as she allegedly had $695 of jewelry in her possession. Her sister was charged with shoplifting, as she allegedly had $173 of jewelry allegedly in her possession.

Driver cited in pedestrian accident
A 49-year old Braintree woman was taken to South Shore Hospital with minor injuries after being struck while crossing the street at Brookside Road in Weymouth Landing.

According to police, the woman was in the crosswalk shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when a 42-year old Braintree man turned left onto Brookside Road from Commercial Street, hitting the woman.

The woman was struck by the passenger side of the vehicle and fell to the ground. The operator, whose name has not been released, will be charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said.

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