Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Groveland Police to Charge Juvenile for Larceny, Motor Vehicle Break-In

Residents Advised to Lock Car Doors, Bring In Mail Every Day

GROVELAND — Chief Jeffrey Gillen reports that the Groveland Police Department will charge a juvenile with stealing from mailboxes and a motor vehicle last weekend.

A 16-year-old Groveland resident will be charged with:

  • Larceny (14 counts)
  • Breaking and Entering into a Motor Vehicle in the Nighttime to Commit a Felony

On Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m., Groveland Police received a report from a resident on Balch Avenue that their car had been broken into overnight and several items were missing, including snow pants and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

The following morning, Groveland Police received a box from a resident that included mail from 14 different addresses on Bear Hill Road, Amber Lane, Rollins Street, Governors Road and Seven Star Road, along with snow pants and sunglasses that matched the description of the previously reported stolen items.

Through an investigation, police were able to identify the suspect this evening. He will be summonsed to Essex County Juvenile Court in Lawrence at a later date.

Groveland Police would like to remind residents to always bring in their mail every night and to:

  • Always lock all car doors
  • Never leave electronics or valuable personal items in plain view
  • Do not leave money in your car or loose change in plain view
  • Call police immediately if you notice something missing

“I want to commend our detectives for their keen investigative skills that led them to quickly identify the suspect in these larcenies,” Chief Gillen said. “If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to report the activity to police.”

Residents who were expecting mail at the end of last week and have not yet received it should contact Detective Steven Petrone at 978 521-1212.


Groveland Police to Charge Juvenile for Larceny, Motor Vehicle Break-In
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