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Officer on Proactive Patrol Stops Car Theft in Progress

For Immediate Release: 8/13/2017 1:53 pm

Worcester, MA (August 12, 2017) – On August 12th, 2017 at about 11:55 AM, a Worcester police officer was on patrol in the area of Washington Square. He pulled into the Homewood Suites by Hilton and saw a green Honda in the back end of the parking lot underneath the 290 overpass. The male in the vehicle was appeared to be nervous and was frantically looking around. The officer did not activate his blue lights, and parked his cruiser about fifty feet away from the Honda. He walked up to investigate, and as he approached the car he saw a male inside, later identified as Juan Torres, fort-three-years-old of Lynn, smoking something out of what looked like a crack pipe.

The officer knocked on the car window and Mr. Torres immediately opened the door and got out of the vehicle. Mr. Torres initially said that he was doing “nothing,” but soon admitted that he was smoking crack. Mr. Torres said that he was not a guest at the hotel, and did not know whose vehicle he was in. Another officer arrived to assist, and Mr. Torres was placed under arrest.  Officers recovered a small amount of crack cocaine. 

The officer looked into the car, and saw that the ignition was tampered with. The key insert was broken off, and the plastic area around it was ripped out. A screwdriver was on the front passenger seat. Officer’s ran the license plate and found out the registered owner’s information. The owner had lent her car to her friend, who was working at the hotel. Neither the owner nor the friend knew Juan Torres, and both said that he did not have permission to be in the vehicle.  Both the owner and the friend said that the ignition had been intact earlier today, and that there was no screwdriver in the car.

Mr. Torres was charged with Breaking and Entering into a Motor Vehicle, Posession of a Class B Substance, Possession of Burglarious Instruments, Trespassing, Attempted Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Malicious Destruction of Property over $250. He will be arraigned on Monday in Worcester District Court.

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