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US agents search home of ex-Raytheon worker

By Matt Byrne and Shelley Murphy
Globe Correspondent | Globe Staff / October 26, 2010

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MELROSE — Federal investigators have seized nearly a half-dozen boxes of potential evidence from a single-family home owned by a man who is a former employee of Raytheon Co.’s missile program.

The home at 71 Lincoln St. is owned by Richard M. and Lori B. Lloyd, according to city tax records. The family bought the home in 2000, according to the records.

“There is no immediate threat to the public,’’ said Christina DiIorio Sterling, spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. She declined to say who the target of the search was or to discuss the reason behind it.

Late yesterday, Raytheon spokesman Jon Kasle described Richard Lloyd as a former employee. Kasle declined to say when or under what circumstances Lloyd left the company.

Lloyd is the coholder of a patent with Raytheon for a missile system designed to destroy land mines, according to publicly available patent documentation. He is listed on Amazon.com as the author of two books on conventional and nuclear warheads and the physics underlying their successful deployment.

At one point, Lloyd managed the warhead lethality group at Raytheon’s Electronic Systems Division, according to his biography posted on Amazon.

Early yesterday, agents from the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement could be seen entering and exiting the home, where pumpkins and Halloween decorations adorned the front porch. Agents carried boxes from the house to a nearby van.

Lieutenant Mark DeCroteau of the Melrose police said the FBI and ICE notified police before 7 a.m. that federal agents would be executing a search warrant at the Lloyd home. He said his department was not involved in the search.

A neighbor, Dot Allen, said Richard Lloyd “goes off a lot, and you don’t see him for a while, and then you see a taxi and he’s got his suitcases. He travels a lot.’’

Allen said the Lloyds have two school-age daughters and described them as a nice, quiet family. She said Lori Lloyd is a Melrose native.

No one answered the door at the Lloyd home yesterday, and efforts to reach them were unsuccessful.

John R. Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Matt Byrne can be reached at MByrne.Globe@gmail.com. Shelly Murphy can be reached at shmurphy@globe.com.

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