Worcester, MA (June 9, 2011) - On Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at approximately 5:10 PM Worcester Police responded to a Hilma Street address for a reported breaking and entering to a dwelling that had just occurred. Information received from this incident provided a description of 4 males, wearing red shirts leaving the home in a grey Chevrolet Cobalt. These males were seen running out of the home while a resident was inside. Officers checked the area but the suspects were not located.
At approximately 5:45 PM Worcester Police received information that a resident on Whitman Road had called police and reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was in the neighborhood parked and that 4 males had exited this vehicle and were walking around the caller’s residence, checking out the home. The caller provided a license plate number of the suspicious vehicle. The vehicle license plate was entered into the registry computer system and it came back to a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. As officers were responding to the Whitman Road home the caller updated the officers that the vehicle had just drove off. At about the same time police received another call from a resident on nearby Massachusetts Avenue. That caller stated that the same vehicle was parked near their home and that they were sitting by the window and observed 4 occupants exit the vehicle and one of the males went up to the window of their home and began looking inside. Realizing that someone was home the 4 males ran off on foot, leaving the car parked unattended nearby. Arriving police were informed that the 4 males ran off in the direction of Metcalf Street.
Worcester Police began to follow the path that the suspects ran off. Numerous residents assisted the officers by providing the suspects direction of travel. Officers were able to observe 4 males running on Rutland Terrace towards Salisbury Street. Officer Ryan Stone was able to apprehend one of the males at the intersection of Salisbury and Whitman Streets while the other 3 suspects ran down Whitman Street and into the back yards of neighbors. The captured suspect was identified as Anthony Rivera, 20 years old of 157 Chandler Street, Worcester. As officers searched the neighborhoods for the remaining suspects they received updated information from other neighbors. One resident stated that the group was last seen walking in the rear of a Metcalf Street home. The resident informed police that they could hear the sounds of glass breaking shortly after they lost sight of the males. The description of the males was the same as what had been provided from the original break. Officers went to that address and observed a rear window smashed out; it appears that the suspects did not gain entry.
At 5:58 PM police received another report from a Sagamore Road homeowner stating that she heard someone ring her doorbell. It took several minutes for her to answer the bell and when she got to the first floor she realized that her home had just been broken into as she observed a broken window and her purse was dumped out in the kitchen. The victim looked out of her window and observed a male running away. The suspect description matched the others.
Police continued the search and eventually came upon 2 males who fit the descriptions given at the corner of Salisbury Street and Academy Road. Officer Kurt Solomon apprehended the two males and after speaking with the males and having witnesses identify the two as part of the 4 suspects, the two were placed under arrest. The two were identified as Hector Medera, 18 years old of 30 Loxwood Street, Worcester, and Martin Attram, 20 years old of 48 Stockton Street, Worcester. All three men were charged with Breaking and Entering, Attempted Breaking and Entering, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, Trespassing, Resisting Arrest and Malicious Destruction of Property Over the Value of $250.00. Anthony Rivera is also charged with Possession of Burglarious Instruments and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. All 3 males will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Thursday, June 9, 2011.
Police continue to work on the establishing the identity of the 4th suspect. If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.