- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Major Breaking and Entering Investigation Uncovers Stolen Amazon Holiday Packages at Suspect’s Home
Boston — In connection with an extensive investigation into a criminal organization engaged in restaurant break-ins and property theft, state, Boston and local law enforcement have uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages and will return them today to ensure that they get back to shoppers before the weekend, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
This week, four individuals were arrested and arraigned in connection with a series of break-ins at restaurants in Quincy and Taunton, allegedly smashing cash boxes and forcibly ripping away safes. During the investigation, authorities uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages at one of the suspect’s homes. The Attorney General’s Office has been in touch with Amazon and is returning the packages so they can be delivered before the weekend.
“This investigation was the result of a strong partnership between the Attorney General’s Office, Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police,” said AG Healey. “Through these efforts, we’re able to stop these break-ins and send dozens of holiday gifts home to families where they belong.”
Jason Geddes, 29, of Boston and Dharol Joyner, 33, of Boston, were arraigned yesterday in Quincy District Court in connection with a break-in and theft from a Wendy’s restaurant in Quincy on Dec. 14. Both Geddes and Joyner were charged with Breaking and Entering a Building in the Nighttime to Commit a Felony, Larceny Over $250, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Malicious Destruction of Property and Conspiracy (one count each). Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges, with bail for Geddes set at $15,000 and bail for Joyner set at $7,500. They are due back in court on Jan. 16 for a probable cause hearing.
While searching Joyner’s home, investigators uncovered dozens of unopened Amazon packages and boxes addressed to customers in Greater Boston. Investigators believe that Joyner stole these packages while working a part-time job as a delivery contractor.
Daniel Vo, 23, of Boston, was also arrested yesterday in connection with the break-ins and will be arraigned at a later date.
Edward Nugent, 55, of Weymouth, was arraigned yesterday in Taunton District Court in connection with a break-in and theft from a Wendy’s restaurant in Taunton on Nov. 26. He was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property, Breaking and Entering a Building in the Nighttime to Commit a Felony, Larceny Over $250, Possession of Burglarious Tools, and Conspiracy (one count each). He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held on $10,000 cash bail and on a probation detainer for unrelated charges. Nugent is due back in court on Jan. 18 for a probable cause hearing.
The defendants were arrested yesterday as a result of an ongoing investigation by the AG’s Office, the Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department, Quincy Police Department, Taunton Police Department, Medford Police Department, Hanover Police Department, Stoughton Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Fusion Center and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center into a number of breaking and entering incidents at area restaurants.
“This investigation and these arrests are the result of a strong partnership between Boston Police, Brookline Police, Attorney General Healey’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police, and I commend everyone involved for their outstanding work,” said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin Massachusetts State Police Superintendent. “I would like to recognize the contributions of State Troopers assigned to our Crime Scene Services Section, our Fusion Center, and our detective unit attached to the Attorney General’s Office for their professionalism and diligence who are helping to bring the members of this criminal organization to justice.”
“I commend the work of all the officers involved in this investigation. Outcomes like this happen because of the strong relationships already in place with our local and state law enforcement partners,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “I especially want to recognize the work of the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center. Detectives assigned to the BRIC were instrumental in investigating this case from the beginning and worked closely with the Brookline and Massachusetts State Police. Their collective efforts and investigative skills led to the identification and arrests of those responsible.”
As part of this investigation, authorities recovered a loaded firearm, ammunition, prybars, a crowbar, a sledgehammer and other burglarious tools, clothing, thousands of dollars of cash, ski masks, gloves, cellular telephones, identifying documents, and other evidence. In addition, investigators recovered from multiple residences dozens of suspected stolen boxed merchandise and delivery packages.
This investigation is ongoing. These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Carley of AG Healey’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Boston Police Department and Boston Regional Intelligence Center, Brookline Police Department, Quincy Police Department, Taunton Police Department, Medford Police Department, Hanover Police Department, Stoughton Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Fusion Center, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.