A homeless man and one from Medford were arrested in connection with vehicle break-ins at two Arlington residences near Pleasant Street after a victim at one of the homes chased the alleged burglars. One was charged with drug possession.
Arlington police charged Gary Silvain, 25, listed as homeless, and Russell Rossi, also 25, of Golden Avenue, Medford, on a variety of charges in connection with incidents early Thursday, Sept. 4, at Pelham Terrace and Lombard Terrace at Wellington.
At 4:17 a.m. five officers responded to a call to investigate a breaking-and-entering in progress.
Police were told that Pelham Terrace resident was chasing suspects toward Wellington. Dispatch said two white males were wearing black shorts, black shirts, black hats (one was a scally cap). One was carrying a red bag.
Heading east on Wellington, police saw a dark-colored minivan moving slowly west. In the 1999 dark green Dodge Caravan, two white male parties wore black hats, one with a scally cap. Police stopped the van and questioned the suspects.
Police found that the Caravan was registered to Rossi, who had an expired license, a police report said.
In the vehicle, police found a red grocery bag that contained a Garmin Nuvi 255 GPS. Police activated the device and found that the home button pointed to a Wellington Street address.
A neighbor told police he was getting ready for work and saw a tall male walk by his house, cross the street and try to open the doors of a motor vehicle. The neighbor said he yelled at the suspect as he walked up the driveway toward him and then observed a shorter white male with dark clothing inside his niece’s motor vehicle.
Both male suspects then fled with the neighbor following onto Pleasant and then Wellington. The reporting party said he saw loose change strewn over a driveway at Pleasant.
The neighbor later identified the pair “100 percent” as those had had chased.
Police asked Silvain who owned cocaine that police found, and Silvain said, “It’s mine,” the police report said.
Silvain was charged with count each of breaking and entering in the night time, a felony; receiving stolen property; drug possession, Class D substance; and drinking alcohol from an open container.
Rossi was charged with one count each of breaking and entering in the night time, a felony; receiving stolen property; operating a motor vehicle with revoked license; and drinking alcohol from an open container.
Among the items found with Silvain were:
A small cut-out glassine baggie filled with GPS unit found in red canvas bag, valued at $100; a cigarette pack with $6 in loose change; black scally cap, red flashlight; $7 in loose changed found on Pelham Terrace; $271 in cash and a $10 check; red and green flashlight found in vehicle; $21.50 found in vehicle; black Verizon and white iPhone charger, valued at $100; black Apple iPhone 3 (no value given); and a black cell phone Samsung Sidekick black shorts (no value given).
The police reported noted these items in connection with Rossi: a GPS unit, which was not further described; and $6.39 in loose change taken from a victim.