Braintree Scanner Tales: OUI arrest, Motel 6 robbery, TV scam, Gift card scam, Dave & Buster's assault
Braintree teen arrested for alleged OUI
A Braintree teen was arrested on Tuesday morning after being stopped for speeding on Granite Street.
According to police, the suspect was allegedly driving at around 60 miles per hour around the area of Five Corners.
Officers stopped the man and could smell an odor of alcohol and saw other signs of possible intoxication, police said.
The man agreed to perform several sobriety tests before being placed under arrest. A half-empty bottle of Absolut Vodka was found in his vehicle.
At the police station, the man failed a Breathalyzer test, police said.
Ilvert Gjata, 18, of Braintree was subsequently charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and being under 21 in possession of alcohol.
Kingston man charged with armed robbery
A Kingston man was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly attempting to rob a woman at the Motel 6, police said.
According to police, the man agreed to met up with the woman after meeting her on the Internet and arranging to meet her through text messages.
An officer was on detail at the motel at around 1:30 a.m. when he observed the victim, a 29-year-old Rockland woman, and the suspect enter a room on the second floor.
A few minutes later, the woman exited the room calling for help. The suspect then exited behind her and ran across the parking lot to his vehicle.
The woman told officers that the suspect had a knife, and the officer caught the suspect after a brief foot chase.
A subsequent search of the suspect uncovered a folding knife.
The victim said that after entering the room together, the suspect pulled out the knife and demanded money. The victim was able to get to the door and ran out, knowing a police officer was on detail, police said.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest.
Shawn Morrow, 41, of Kingston was charged with armed robbery, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Another caught in TV selling scam
A 19-year-old from Providence, RI was scammed out of $4200 after he attempted to buy six televisions from a stranger in a South Shore Plaza parking lot.
According to police, the victim told police he was approached early in the day on July 20 at his Providence, RI auto body shop by a man only known to him as “Steve".
Police said that Steve told the victim that his brother was the shipping manager at Sears at the South Shore Plaza and that he had an abundance of Samsung televisions that he wanted to sell for a good price.
The victim agreed to call Steve’s brother and ultimately agreed to meet the brother in the lower level of the parking garage by the Sears auto center at approximately 5:15 p.m. that day.
The victim agreed to pay $4200 for six, 60” Samsung televisions and accessory packs.
The victim met up with a man known as “Carl” and handed him the money. In exchange, the man handed the victim what was later determined to be a fraudulent Sears receipt. The suspect then told the man he was going to get his boss and the TVs.
Police said the man walked up a flight of stairs with the victim’s money and wasn’t seen again.
Loss Prevention was unable to locate the man on surveillance cameras. Police believe the man exited through the garage and never entered Sears.
Cashier arrested for alleged larceny scheme
Police said a Randolph woman, who was an employee at Buy Buy Baby, was arrested on Saturday after store managers allegedly found her stealing customer’s gift cards.
According to police, managers found that the suspect at the Granite Street store was activating gift cards with the proper amount of money when purchased by a customer, but was pocketing the good card and handing the customer a blank card.
Officers believe the woman stole an estimated 13 cards totaling approximately $1,140.
As a result, Lacey N. Whynot, 23, of Randolph, was placed under arrest and charged with larceny over $250 by single scheme.
Buy Buy Baby is in the process of identifying the victims to ensure all gift cards that were sold are in working order.
Police look for suspects in Dave & Buster’s assault
Braintree police are continuing to look for suspects as they investigate a report of a stabbing that took place at Dave & Buster’s at closing time on Sunday, July 15.
According to police, officers arrived to find a 23-year-old Dorchester man with lacerations and abrasions to both legs and to his left arm.
His injuries were minor and he declined to be taken to the hospital, police said.
According to police, the man said he was playing a game on the midway when an unknown individual confronted him and asked if they knew each other. The Dorchester man said that he did not.
A second individual then asked the Dorchester man why he was staring at him. The Dorchester man claimed he was not. This exchange went back and forth for several minutes.
Police then said the victim reported that the second man assaulted him and punched him. The two men fought before being separated by staff members.
As they were separated, a female companion of the second suspect approached the Dorchester man while shouting at him. Police then said the Dorchester man picked up a pen and struck the woman in the neck with it, causing a minor injury.
Witnesses said that the man who assaulted the victim was armed with a knife during the assault, and that the suspect chased the victim into the bar area while still holding the knife.
Police said the two male suspects and the female suspect fled prior to police arrival, possibly in a 1990’s gold Mazda or Toyota.
Police are still looking for the suspects.