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Friday, March 4, 2005


Globenapper arrested in Baldwin Road stakeout

Debby Jancek called the Boston Globe when she started missing her morning papers early in January. By the beginning of February she decided it was larceny, not a missed delivery, and called the Carlisle Police. She got some action. On Friday, February 11, a Concord resident was caught in flagrante delicto, as they say, with a newspaper taken from the Jancek box on Baldwin Road and was arrested on the spot by Carlisle Police Lieutenant John Sullivan.

Careful planning

The police were in position for the stakeout on February 4, but a police emergency elsewhere made it necessary to cancel plans. On February 11, the crew reassembled. Sullivan parked in the Janceks' driveway, and Officer Andy Booth waited in a cruiser parked around the corner on Stearns Street. A video camera was set up and ready to roll. Sullivan stapled his business card inside the newspaper, which was then returned to the box. Everyone waited. They expected their papernapper about 9:05 a.m. It was not until 9:15 that a familiar gray Audi station wagon stopped at the mailbox, the paper was removed, and the ads, as usual, were stuffed back in the paper tube.

The Concord woman who took the paper "was babysitting for a family up the street," according to Jancek. When Sullivan got out of his car in the driveway, she told him she had purchased the paper at a newsstand. "Then why is my card attached to your paper?" he asked. The game was up. She was arrested and released later on personal recognizance. According to Sullivan she already has "stuff pending" in court.

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