Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Police Arrest Suspect for Attempted Armed Robbery at Jewelry Store
STONEHAM — Police Chief James McIntyre reports that the Stoneham Police Department arrested a suspect on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to rob a jewelry store minutes after conducting a transaction there.
SHANE FRANCIS HARDY, AGE 22, OF STONEHAM is charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and Assault By Means of A Dangerous Weapon On A Pregnant Woman.
“We are pleased to have apprehended this suspect who posed as a serious threat to the victim during this incident,” Chief McIntyre said. “The immediate response of our Stoneham Police Officers and their diligent work led directly to the capture of this dangerous individual.”
On Wednesday, around 1:20 p.m., police responded to Cash for Gold, 305 Main St. on a report of an attempted armed robbery. A detective who arrived on scene met with the female victim who stated a man had tried to rob the store.
The woman stated the man, who was later identified as HARDY, first came into the store around 12:30 p.m. to try and sell some jewelry. The suspect was initially unhappy with the price the woman offered him for his items and left the store. HARDY returned a short while later and decided to sell the jewelry. By town bylaw Cash fro Gold is required to obtain customers identification with each transaction.
Five minutes after the suspect left, he returned for a third time. HARDY approached the counter and the victim noticed he had a knife in his hand. He told the woman not to move and to leave all her belongings.
While the suspect was looking around, the woman was able to run out the front door while calling 911. Soon after, police arrived, but HARDY had already vacated the store.
Based on the description of the suspect, along with a copy of his driver’s license Cash for Gold had through their transaction, police were able to identify HARDY as the likely suspect.
Stoneham Police are familiar with the suspect.
Units began monitoring the areas where HARDY was known to frequent and then located him. He was placed under arrest and booked at the Stoneham Police Department.
Hardy’s bail was set at $25,000. Police also contacted Woburn District Court Probation Department, as HARDY was on active probation and learned he had cut off his court issued GPS monitoring device.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.