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Nahant police officer assaulted by teen

NAHANT — A Nahant police officer was assaulted by a teenager driving a stolen car on Saturday night.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the officer was investigating a suspicious car in the Bass Point area of Nahant. Two male teenagers were in the car, which was reported stolen out of Brockton, said police who recovered the car.

The driver physically assaulted the officer before running away. The officer is recovering from minor injuries. The passenger was taken into custody at the scene, police said.

The suspect was apprehended four hours later, with assistance from Lynn and Swampscott police, along with K9 units from State and Manchester by the Sea police.

A 15-year-old juvenile was held at a Youth Detention Services unit. An 18-year-old male was held without bail at the Middleton House of Correction, police said.

Do you recognize this ID theft suspect?

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The Swampscott Police Department wants help identifying this man.

SWAMPSCOTT Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a male suspect allegedly involved in an ID theft.

Police said three iPhones were purchased in a female victim’s name, and mailed to her address. The suspect knocked on her door and said he was from UPS picking up the phones.

When the woman said she didn’t have the phones and took his photo, the man left the area without the phones. He was driving a silver minivan, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the photo is urged to call Swampscott Police Criminal Investigation Division at (781) 595-1111.

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Wayne Alarm: Increasing Your Safety with Video Security

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4 REASONS HOW TOTAL CONNECT VIDEO CAN HELP INCREASE YOUR SECURITY

There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillances. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
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  3. With new technology such as Skybell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you High Definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

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Wayne Alarm: Change the Locks

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE?  CHANGE THE LOCKS.

When moving to a new home, hire a reliable locksmith to re-key all exterior doors. If possible, have the locksmith make the key to fit all of your new locks. Also, make sure to call Wayne Alarm Systems to transfer your home security system.

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000 or visit us online at: www.waynealarm.com.

 

Wayne Alarm: Mobile Security Apps

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  PROTECT YOUR MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY WITH APPS

With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with both Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted online threats, download the NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if you don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is a great tool that allows your friends and family, (even your local police) see where you are when you are heading to a destination, with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     Skycure:  As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information, one that experts say can easily be enacted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might encounter. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can prevent them from hurting apps on your mobile device or the devices of other people using the app.
  4.     Lookout:  This is an all-around security app, which allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.

5.   Webroot SecureWeb:  Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.

 

Lowell man accused of swindling homeowners

By THOMAS GRILLO

BOSTON — A real estate broker who authorities say swindled Lynn homeowners has been indicted on additional charges, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

Kevin Taing, 49, of Lowell, faces jail time in connection with stealing more than $464,000 through a larceny scheme targeting families facing foreclosure.

This is the second time Taing has been charged. Last fall, he was indicted on larceny charges and obtaining a signature by false pretenses that resulted in the theft of more than $165,000 from homeowners in Lynn and Lowell.

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Healey’s office began an investigation into the licensed real estate broker and principal of EFI, in 2014. Authorities allege Taing, who is of Cambodian descent and speaks Khmer, persuaded 11 Cambodian homeowners facing foreclosure to make payments to EFI rather than their mortgage lender.

Law enforcement officials further allege that Taing led these families to believe that by paying EFI they would reduce their monthly payments and keep their homes.

Instead, Taing allegedly used the cash to pay his personal expenses, credit card bills, restaurant and retail expenses.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

A $500 million museum heist, 27 years later

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Pictured is Anthony Amore of Swampscott.

By BILL BROTHERTON

LYNN — Twenty-seven years ago, on March 18, the world’s largest art heist occurred at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Two thieves made off with 13 masterpieces valued at $500 million, including Vermeer’s “The Concert” and three Rembrandts, including his only seascape, “Storm on the Sea of Galilee.”

The works have never been recovered, despite the offer of a $5 million reward for information leading to their safe return and promises of immunity. No one has ever been charged with the crime. But the investigation remains active.

Anthony Amore’s job is to retrieve the paintings. The Swampscott resident, who has written two books about art theft, is the museum’s director of security and its chief investigator. He will discuss “The Story of Stolen Art” Saturday at a fundraiser for the Lynn Cultural District at the Pick Up Modern store on Exchange Street.

“Some people think a rich billionaire in some far-away land arranged to have the paintings stolen and has them in his house. That’s Hollywood, not reality,” said Amore, chatting over a venti iced coffee at Starbucks in Vinnin Square. “On Saturday, I will talk about the myth of Hollywood and what art theft really is and how it happens.”

“Forgeries and art crime is a multi-billion-dollar industry, behind only drug and gun trafficking,” said Amore, a former assistant director with Homeland Security/TSA, where he helped to rebuild security at Logan Airport after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

So, what does he think happened at the Gardner that night in 1990 when the thieves, dressed as police officers, tied up the guards, cut the paintings from their frames and escaped with their bounty?

“It’s an ongoing investigation, so I’ll speak in general terms,” said Amore. “Most likely, local criminals did it; it was like just another heist crime for them. And most likely the paintings are somewhere in the local area. I believe there are people out there who know where they are.

“For more than a decade I’ve been thinking night and day about how to get the art back,” added Amore. “My No. 1 duty is securing the museum as it is today. No. 2 is looking for the stolen paintings. I work closely with the FBI on a daily basis. Geoff Kelly is my partner in the FBI. It’s beyond a job for us … it’s an obsession. We’re not sitting back waiting for calls to come in. This is a very active investigation. I just want to see  those picture frames filled. We’re very earnest in our offer of $5 million and immunity under the right conditions.

“And when we get them back, I’ll put every bit of effort into making sure they are secure at the Gardner forever.”

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In 2011, Amore co-authored with former Boston Herald reporter Tom Mashberg the true-crime bestseller Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists.  His second book,The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World, was published in 2015 and was a New York Times bestseller.   

What about the rumors that a man from Swampscott was involved in the Gardner heist?

“At one time a man from Swampscott, Brian McDevitt, was considered a suspect. He had already served time for an attempt to rob the Hyde museum in Glens Falls, New York, in 1980. The Hyde and Gardner heists involved similar M.O.s,” said Amore. McDevitt denied any involvement in the Gardner robbery. He died in 2004 at age 43.

And wasn’t a Lynn man considered a suspect?

“A published report said that Robert Guarente played a role. He was a Revere, Lynn guy who was rumored to be involved,” said Amore, declining to elaborate. The Boston Globe reported that the widow of Guarente, a friend of crime boss Carmello Merlino, told authorities that she saw her husband give Robert Gentile a painting in 2003. The FBI believed Gentile had ties to the Boston faction of Philadelphia’s Mafia. Gentile’s Connecticut home was searched. Nothing was found.

Laurence Howard, owner of Pick Up Modern & More, said Amore and his family dropped into her funky, unique home goods store in Central Square one day and was impressed with both her boutique and the downtown’s active arts community. He offered to talk about his books at the store, and Howard will use the opportunity as a fundraiser.

“The arts community has been a welcome and supportive spirit to all of us business owners,” said Howard. “Their success is better for all of us. This is another way I can pay it back. I’m encouraged by what is happening downtown.”

Amore will discuss “The Story of Stolen Art” at Pick Up Modern & More, 68 Exchange St., Lynn, Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 seniors) and all proceeds will benefit the Lynn Cultural District. An RSVP is required at laurence@pickupmodern.com


Bill Brotherton is the Item’s Features Editor. He can be reached at bbrotherton@itemlive.com.

Man says he was threatened at grocery store

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN A 20-year-old Lynn man said he went to Compare Supermarket intending to buy some soap, and was instead robbed at gunpoint Wednesday around noon.

The victim went to the supermarket with $3 in his pocket and was approached by a suspect who told him to walk with him in the store, while showing him a gun in his waistband. The suspect then told the victim to give him everything he had, said Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly.

After he handed over the $3, the suspect searched the victim for more, took his car keys and drove off in his car, Donnelly said.

Police found the car, a red Dodge Neon on Meadow Court shortly after 3:30 p.m., with the keys in the ignition, but not the suspect, described as  a dark-skinned man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored jacket, Donnelly said.

Officers were approached by the girlfriend of the victim, who said she owned the car and had found the car earlier on Collins Street. Donnelly said she showed the paperwork for the car and had the keys so they let her take it.

Police are still searching for the suspect and the robbery is under investigation. Donnelly said the department is trying to get surveillance tapes from the store.

Police log: 2-1-2017


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley