For Immediate Release - August 28, 2013

Two Carver Men Arraigned for Multiple Thefts of Construction and Landscaping Equipment Across the Northeast

Allegedly Stole Equipment Totaling More than $150,000 from Locations in MA, NY, CT, ME, and NH

BROCKTON – Two men from Carver have been arraigned in connection with stealing construction and landscaping equipment totaling more than $150,000 from Massachusetts and neighboring states, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Robert Amado, age 42, was arraigned today in Plymouth Superior Court on charges of Larceny Over $250 (10 counts) and Witness Intimidation (2 counts). At the arraignment, Amado pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was released on $50,000 cash bail, with the condition that he stay away from the victims involved in the witness intimidation charges.

Christopher Bromley, age 31, was also arraigned today in Plymouth Superior Court on charges of Larceny over $250 (8 counts). At the arraignment, Bromley pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was released on $5,000 cash bail.

Both Amado and Bromley face twenty-year maximum sentences under the Common and Notorious Thief statute. Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Walker III presided over today’s arraignments.

The AG’s Office began an investigation into this matter in November 2012 after the matter was referred by the Governor’s Auto Theft Task Force.

Utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques, authorities developed evidence indicating that Amado went out regularly at night, often traveling to neighboring states, in search of snowplows and other equipment to steal. Investigation revealed that Amado would often travel to the same location twice, indicating that he would stake out a location prior to stealing equipment.

The AG’s investigation revealed that Amado, frequently with help from Bromley, allegedly stole various pieces of equipment, such as snowplows, excavators, and tractors, from multiple locations, including in Hopedale, Harwich, and Woburn in MA; Clifton Park, NY; East Hartford, CT; Berwick, ME; and Hollis, NH. Business or property owners in those areas reported stolen equipment to the local authorities in the times shortly after authorities allege that Amado traveled to those locations.

Additionally, when Amado allegedly became aware that authorities interviewed two witnesses in connection with their investigation, he threatened them and instructed them not to speak to authorities.

A Statewide Grand Jury returned indictments against Amado and Bromley on August 8. They were arraigned today in Plymouth Superior Court. Amado and Bromley were previously arrested on April 11 by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and arraigned in Wareham District Court. They are due back in Plymouth Superior Court on October 2 for a pre-trial conference.

These charges are allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty, with assistance from paralegal Lindsay Bonda, both of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, and was investigated by members of the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, the Acton Police Department, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Berwick, Maine Police Department and the Hollis, New Hampshire Police Department.

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