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Cops bust Arlington shop owner, seize stolen goods from store

Posted by Brock Parker  July 15, 2011 06:30 PM

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Arlington Police have seized hundreds of stolen items from a local merchant who has also been charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Louis L. Gersh, 52, of Medford, is being held without bail after he was arrested in Somerville Thursday on the heroin charge.

While executing a search warrant Thursday night and Friday at Gersh’s business, Louis L. Gersh Auctions at 87 Warren St. in Arlington, police seized drugs and hundreds of stolen items that Arlington Police Captain Richard Flynn said almost filled up a U-Haul truck.

Flynn said Gersh’s business had been in Arlington for about a year and was advertised as an auctioning house that bought and sold goods online.

Police from Somerville and Medford worked with Arlington Police in the investigation into Gersh, which Flynn said has been ongoing for a couple of months.

Gersh is being held without bail on the heroin charge and may face additional charges after police found the stolen items in his store, police said.

Flynn said Arlington Police are hoping the recovery of the stolen items will help solve past property crimes in Arlington and other communities.

In a press release Friday evening Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said the presence of Gersh’s business had been adversely affecting the residents living in the area.

“We took this matter seriously and committed the necessary resources to end Gersh’s criminal activity and to restore the quality of life in this neighborhood,” Ryan said.

No one could be reached at Gersh's business Friday evening.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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