SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 5, 2013

Police: Man loads stolen items in taxi

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — Police say a local man was arrested early Sunday morning after a cab driver reported that he was retrieving various items from underneath a bush on Puritan Road and loading them into the taxi.

Frank Ferdinand, 29, of 1 Salem St. was arrested on charges of seven counts of receiving stolen property over $250, possession of a class E substance and disorderly conduct.

The incident began when the cab driver called police at 1:06 a.m. to report that two males were loading a flat-screen television and other suspicious items into his cab, according to a press release from Detective Sgt. Tim Cassidy. The items had apparently been stored beneath a bush in the area of Puritan and Beverly roads.

Police caught up to the cab on Humphrey Street and stopped the vehicle, but the two men fled on foot toward Cardillo Terrace, apparently leaving the items behind.

Officers from Nahant and Marblehead assisted in the ensuing search, as did a K9 unit from Salem. With assistance from the dog, officers located Ferdinand hiding beneath a porch on Kensington Lane, Cassidy wrote.

The second suspect was not found.

Police recovered the flat-screen television, a GPS device, a drill and several bottles of prescription medication, among other items. All of the items were stolen during a residential break-in on Puritan Road, police said.

Police have received numerous reports of break-ins over the past month, including two on Puritan Road on Oct. 25, one of which saw $20,000 in Canadian cash stolen from a home. Break-ins have also recently occurred on Cherry, Pine and Essex streets, Franklin Avenue, and Elmwood Road and Burpee Roads.

Swampscott police on scene included officers Brian Wilson, Todd Pierce and Sal Caruso, and Sgt. Jack Locke.