Mark D. Segalla, Chief of Police
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Reading Police Identify Suspect in Series of Commercial Breaks
A 24-YEAR-OLD READING MAN will be summonsed to Woburn District Court on the following charges:
- Breaking and Entering at Nighttime to Commit a Felony (14 counts)
- Attempted Breaking and Entering at Nighttime (two counts)
- Breaking and Entering of a Depository (three counts)
- Larceny Over $250 (nine counts)
- Larceny Over $250 by Use of a Stolen Credit Card (two counts)
- Attempt to Commit Larceny Over $250 by Use of a Stolen Credit Card (four counts)
- Using Motor Vehicle in Commission of a Felony, Larceny, or Other Crime (two counts)
During a lengthy investigation, Reading Police Detectives obtained and released a photo of the suspect inside a store where allegedly tried to use a stolen credit card. The photo, released through multiple social media outlets, generated numerous tips on the suspect’s identity. As a result, detectives identified the suspect and applied for a summons.
The investigation indicates that the suspect targeted multiple retail stores downtown as well as the Reading Public Library.
“I commend the work of our detectives during this lengthy investigation,” Chief Segalla said. “In particular, their utilization of social media to converse with our residents led to a break in this case that otherwise might not have been possible.”
The Reading Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in identifying the suspect.
The suspect’s name will be released during arraignment. These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.