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Braintree Scanner Tales: Trailer break-in; card reader scam; marijuana dealing; gas station robbery

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 5, 2013 03:53 PM

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Man charged with breaking into trailer
A Randolph man was arrested on Saturday morning after allegedly breaking into a trailer on Tower Hill Road.

According to police, officers observed the suspect loading items from the trailer into his car, then they spoke to a witness and property owners.

Police said they discovered that the man did not have permission to take anything from the trailer.

John P. McCarthy, 48, of Randolph was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny over $250.

Police warn of card reader scam
Braintree police say they discovered a card reader scam at the Washington Street Citizens Bank that allowed someone to illegally record card numbers.

According to police, a 56-year-old man from Braintree called police Saturday evening saying that he was attempting to use his debit card to enter the vestibule, but the card became stuck.

When the man pulled the card out, he pulled a fake reader plate off the legitimate plate.

A bank employee later met with police to look for any hidden cameras that could capture the PINs as they were entered on the keyboard. Sure enough, a miniature camera was found on the ATM itself, police said.

Police said that the camera did not appear to transmit any PINs, but merely stored them on the device.

Detectives are reviewing video with the bank to identify who may have installed the fake reader. In the meantime, bank officials are urging caution.

“The small number of potentially affected customers are being notified and reissued new cards and will be reimbursed for any activity they did not initiate,” said Paul D. Ellner, executive vice president and director of retail banking for Citizens Bank in Massachusetts. “As always, we encourage our customers to closely monitor their accounts and report any suspicious activity to the bank.”

Man charged with dealing marijuana
Two men were arrested on Monday night after police witnessed what they believed was a drug transaction.

According to police, officers were patrolling the hotels on Wood Road and saw two men acting suspiciously in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn. The men met up briefly and then parted ways.

One officer approached the first suspect, who was still parked in the lot, and allegedly found a quantity of marijuana and over $11,000 in cash.

Police also drove off after the second suspect, who left the scene at a high rate of speed.

Officers said they found a small quantity of marijuana on the second suspect, but a larger quantity was later found in the street where the suspect had exited the hotel.

Pierre Charles, 25, from Randolph and Exsaviel Pimental, 26, of Dorchester were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Charles was additionally charged with distribution of marijuana.

Gas station robbery under investigation
Police are looking for suspects in an alleged armed robbery that took place Monday evening.

According to police, the attendant at the Super Shine gasoline station on Quincy Avenue said that two men, both armed with steak knives, came into the gas station booth and demanded money.

The victim described the suspects as black men wearing black coats, black knit hats, and gloves. One was described as being 5’8”, the other 5’11”. The two men fled on foot with a sum of money.

Police tracked the scent of the suspects with a police dog, which led them to a nearby parking lot, where police believe the men had a waiting vehicle.

Police believe the incidents may be connected to two similar incidents in Quincy. Officers are still looking for suspects.

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