State Police Traffic Stop Leads to Stolen Property from Cemetery

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Massachusetts State Police Release — 4062014 — State Police Traffic Stop Leads to Stolen Property

Today at approximately 7:30 a.m., Trooper Scott Shea of the Sturbridge Barracks was on patrol when he overheard the Dudley Police broadcast a description of a vehicle that was possibly involved in the theft of a dealer’s registration plate.  At approximately 7:45 a.m., Trooper Shea observed a vehicle matching the description pass his location on Route 131 in Sturbridge.  Trooper Shea also observed this vehicle commit a motor vehicle violation at the same time.

Trooper Shea stopped the vehicle on Route 131 in Sturbridge.  The operator of the vehicle was identified as ALAN E. SAVIDES, 56, of Webster.  Through the course of the traffic inquiry, Trooper Shea observed the dealer registration plate, a large number of veteran flag holder/grave markers, a Webster Fire Department grave marker, and a Polish American flag holder, inside the vehicle.  As a result of an investigation, SAVIDES was placed under arrest and transported to the Sturbridge Barracks for Receiving Stolen Property (Dealer registration plate).

Trooper Shea continued to investigate the grave markers.  Through a joint investigation with Officer Leonard Gevry of the Webster Police Department, SAVIDES was also charged with twenty-five counts of the theft of the flag holder/grave markers.  The investigation revealed that these grave markers were taken from Saint Josephs Garden of Peace Cemetery on Old Worcester Road in Webster.

Subsequently, SAVIDES will be charged in Dudley District Court tomorrow, on the following charges:

1.)    Receiving stolen property (Dealer registration plate)

2.)    Removal of a grave flag/token/or flowers (25 Counts)

3.)    Following too close

No further information is currently available.  Please do not contact the barracks directly.

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