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Friday, April 22, 2011

Midnight Shift Officers Arrest Thief

Catalytic Convertor Thief Arrested

Wrentham Police Sgt. George Labonte and Patrolman Scott Ellis arrested Jeffrey M. Waterman, age 38, of 900 Washington Street, Wrentham, MA for the attempted theft of catalytic converters from Turnpike Truck located on Route 1, Wrentham, MA.

Sgt. Labonte and Officer Ellis were both working the midnight to eight shift and decided to set up surveillance on Turnpike Truck and Helping Hands of America, two businesses where catalytic converter theft has been an on-going problem. In the course of the surveillance, Officer Ellis observed flashlight beams and notified Sgt. Labonte. The two officers set up a perimeter and then moved in to apprehend Waterman who was hiding on the property. Waterman was dressed in dark clothing, wearing a knit hat and gloves, was carrying a flashlight and had numerous sawzall blades in his possession. Also recovered were a cordless sawzall and a catalytic converter that had been cut from a vehicle.

Wrentham along with other communities has experienced increased incidents of catalytic converter thefts from local garages, car dealers and from the Wrentham Outlet Mall. The catalytic converter is an emission-controlling device that is a part of the exhaust system of many automobiles and trucks. The platinum on the converter makes it a valuable device at scrap yards where thieves turn them in for cash. The units are generally removed very quickly with a sawzall tool, hacksaw or pipe cutter.

Waterman was placed under arrest and taken the Wrentham police station for booking. Wrentham, Norfolk and State Police K9 searched the area for additional suspects to no avail. The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Motor Vehicle Crash on Taunton Street

4/19/2011 10:10:16 PM

Wrentham Police Department

Press Release

Motor Vehicle Crash on
Taunton Street
// Fatality

On 4/19/2011 at or around 4:00 PM, Officer Jon Coliflores, Officer David Halloway and Sergeant James Barrett responded to a head-on motor vehicle crash on Taunton Street in Wrentham about ½ mile from the Plainville town line.

Officer Coliflores, Officer Halloway and Sergeant Barrett secured the scene and administered first aid to those involved until members of the Wrentham Fire Department arrived.  Members of the Wrentham Police administration, Chief James Anderson, Lieutenant Detective William McGrath and Lieutenant Robillard also responded directly to provide additional support.

Wrentham Police and Fire personnel were assisted by personnel from the Norfolk, Plainville and Foxborough Police and Fire Departments.

The collision involved a car and a mini-van.  The driver of the car was alone and is deceased.  His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

There were two adults and five children in the mini-van.  All occupants were transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.  The names of these individuals are also being withheld pending further investigation.

The accident is being investigated by Officer Jon Coliflores and Officer David Halloway with support from Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction.

More information will be made available as the investigation continues.