Friday, February 12, 1999
Police recover Baldwin Road loot
Some of the valuables taken from a Baldwin Road home on January 17 were identified and recovered from a Lowell pawnshop earlier this week, and a Lowell woman was arrested for possession of stolen property in connection with the theft.
Fast teamwork leads to arrest
It took some good teamwork to bring off the arrest. The day after the robbery, Inspector Nancy Iosue of the Carlisle Police Department contacted Inspector John Guilfoyle, a detective in the Lowell Police Department (LPD) and faxed him a list of the items taken from the Petrie home on January 17. Guilfoyle is in charge of the criminal bureau at LPD and receives daily reports from all pawnshops in that city.
Guilfoyle's attention was caught by the mention of silver on one of the reports. He contacted Iosue who contacted Weezie Petrie who in turn met Guilfoyle in Lowell and identified the silver in the pictures. As well as the daily slips sent to LPD, Lowell law requires pawnbrokers to take a picture of the property sold, obtain a picture ID of the seller and hold the property for 30 days before selling it. Petrie's identification of the silver together with the pawnbroker's picture ID of the seller quickly led to a warrant for the arrest of the young man who had brought it there. He has not yet been located.
While in Lowell, Petrie was also able to identify a ring that had been in the family for several generations and had been pawned on January 26. Again, the pawnbroker's picture identification of the person who had sold him the ring led to arrest warrants for receiving stolen property and subsequently to the location and arrest of Rhonda Wilbur Lacoy in Lowell on Friday, February 6. Her case was continued for two weeks. Lacoy's arrest also led to the identification and arrest warrant of a third individual for receiving stolen property.
The matter continues under investigation. Carlisle Police Chief David Galvin, in an interview earlier this week, stressed that the warrants are for possession of stolen material only and that further investigation will be necessary to tie Lacoy and the others to the burglary itself. Iosue commented,"The Lowell Criminal Bureau has been incredible to work with."
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