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Press Release: Breaking and Entering at Pratt Street Business

*Update 12/5* Thank you for the shares and to our law enforcement partners who assisted. We were able to identify two of the three pictured suspects and a third suspect who was also involved. All three are juveniles from Boston who have been suspects in incidents of stolen vehicles and commercial break-ins across eastern Massachusetts in recent weeks. 

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Just after 1:00 am this morning, Monday, December 4, 2023, the Mansfield Police Department responded to Brothers Smoke Shop at 12 Pratt Street for a reported breaking and entering into the business. Upon arrival, officers observed discarded cigarette packs and other items from the store strewn across the street and found the window to the front door of the business had been smashed. K9 Ronan and his handler, Officer Fitzgerald, responded to conduct a track of the potential suspect.

Mansfield Detectives responded to the scene and Press Release - Pratt Street Smoke Shop 120423 Opens in new windowinitiated an investigation. Employees of the business provided surveillance video that shows as many as nine subjects forced entry into the store to steal items. The business owners are reporting more than $20,000 in losses.

Please review the attached images taken from the surveillance video showing three of the suspects. If anyone has more information about this crime, recognizes any of these individuals, or was traveling through the area early this morning and may have witnessed the suspects, please contact Detective Anthony Lattanzio at alattanzio@mansfieldma.com. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 508-261-7356

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Press Release: Vehicle Break-Ins and Stolen Cars 11-12-23

            At approximately 3:41 am this morning, Sunday, November 12, 2023, officers from the Mansfield Police Department responded to Fieldstone Drive following a 911 call to the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center (SEMRECC). The caller reported observing home video surveillance of a person entering the caller’s vehicle in the driveway. The subject ran off, but the caller alerted responding officers to a white SUV parked in the street. Arriving officers began to investigate and learned the involved suspicious vehicle was stolen out of Weymouth.

A short time later, a mPress Release - Vehicle Car Breaks 111223 Opens in new windowan appeared and accessed the vehicle. Officers detained the individual while additional officers, assisted by MSP and MPD K9 Ronan began pursuing the sounds of fleeing suspects into the wooded area near Fieldstone and Branch Streets. Three additional suspects were located in that area. One was taken into custody and the others fled deeper into the woods. At approximately 6:15 am, officers observed one of the suspects coming out of the woods on Ware St. just south of Kevin’s Way. A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was taken into custody behind the Jordan/Jackson School. A firearm discarded by the suspect was found in the wood line nearby. In custody and awaiting arraignment at Attleboro District Court on Monday on charges including nighttime B&E into a vehicle, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, and resisting arrest are three males aged 19, 21, and 22 from Brockton.

As residents woke up and began their Sunday mornings, additional calls came in reporting more breaking & entering into vehicles and stolen cars. As of this release, officers and detectives are investigating reports from residents in other areas of town. A thorough search of the area was conducted and one suspect, believed to have fled the area, remains unidentified. We are requesting any homeowners who may have captured the subjects on their home surveillance cameras. If you live in any of the following neighborhoods and have information to share, please contact the Mansfield PD Detective Division at alattanzio@mansfieldma.com or by calling our Tip Line 508-261-7356:

  • Fieldstone Drive neighborhood including Deer Path Lane, Deer Path Circle, and Gloria Drive,
  • Ware St. between Short Street and Kevin’s Way,
  • Branch Street in the area of Fieldstone Drive,
  • Newell Lane
  • Marshall Ave neighborhood including Aspen, Smiley Avenue, and Denwood Street. 

 

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Press Release: Reservoir Street Incident 10-3-23

 

On 10/3/2023 at approximately 3:50 pm, the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center (SEMRECC) received a 911 call from a distraught parent reporting that she had just heard from her son who wasPress release rReservoir Street 10-3-23 under the influence and armed at a local hotel. The caller’s son was threatening to harm himself or law enforcement if anyone tried to intervene.

Mansfield Officers were dispatched to the Fairfield Inn at 50 Reservoir Street and began the process of evacuating the hotel and containing the area while maintaining contact with the reporting party. Mutual aid was also requested from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) including the Crisis Negotiators Team and a mental health clinician. With the scene secure, negotiators spent the next four hours establishing contact and engaging in meaningful dialogue with the subject. Just after 8:30 pm, he agreed to accept help and was peacefully transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.  

We would like to thank our partner agencies in helping to bring about a safe conclusion to the situation.

 

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Press Release: Motor Vehicle Breaking & Entering Suspects Located 9-25-23

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At approximately 3:19 a.m., the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center (SEMRECC) received a 911 call from a resident on Church Street reporting that someone was attempting to break into vehicles and had been successful in entering another vehicle. Mansfield officers converged on the area and observed a group of individuals running around Brook Street. Assistance from the Massachusetts State Police K9 unit was requested and, along with the dog, additional troopers and officers from Foxborough PD responded to assist. 

Press Release - Vehicle Car Breaks 092523_Page_2 Opens in new windowOver the next hour, officers established a perimeter of the area while coordinating to identify and follow the fleeing suspects through the backyards and wooded area between Samoset, Church, and Cottage Streets. Officers during this time responding to the area of Brook Street and Cottage Street also recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen from a Cottage Street residence during the intervening period. At approximately 4:45 am Officer Sorge, stopped a vehicle with 4 suspects wearing wet and muddy clothing and detained them. 

During the 6:00 a.m. hour, calls began coming in from other victims in the area as they awoke to find their vehicles had been broken into and belongings were missing. Discarded personal belongings were found strewn through the area. At approximately 7:00 a.m., a 911 caller reported a subject tried entering the caller’s vehicle and ran toward Hope Street. Officers maintaining a presence in the area responded and another MSP K9 responded along with the MPD Drone to assist in searching for two additional subjects while officers maintained a perimeter.

At approximately 10:40 a.m., a caller on Glen Street reported two subjects running through backyards in the neighborhood, and Sgt. Pierce, along with Officers Kelley and Pepicelli, detained the two subjects on Willis Street, who surrendered without further incident. 

In all, six juvenile males from Rhode Island were detained at the Mansfield Police Department before being transported to Taunton District Court. They will be facing charges of:

  • Breaking & Entering into a Motor Vehicle (nighttime)
  • Breaking & Entering into a Motor Vehicle (daytime)
  • Malicious Damage to a Motor Vehicle
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
  • Conspiracy, and
  • Unlicensed Operation
  • Receiving Stolen Property

 

Thank you to our law enforcement partners in the area for their assistance and to our residents in the “Back Bay” area including Cottage Street, Church Street, Samoset Avenue, Hillside Terrace, Glen Street, and Hope Street who all called to report suspicious activity, shared footage, and ultimately helped bring about a successful and safe conclusion for all involved. 

If you are a resident or visitor who was parked in that area last night, please check your car if you haven’t already. A night like this is a sobering reminder of the importance of locking vehicles left outside overnight, removing or hiding valuable items, and ensuring driveways are adequately lit. Anyone wishing to report being a victim, please call 911 and an officer will respond to take your information. Anyone with video evidence or additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Anthony Lattanzio by email at alattanzio@mansfieldma.com or by phone at 508-261-7300 x61319

 

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Press Release: Serious Motor Vehicle Crash 9-3-23

September 5, 2023

At approximately 7:49 pm on Sunday, September 3, Dispatchers from the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center began receiving 911 calls reporTremont and Williams Crash Finalting a severe motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Tremont and Williams Streets. First responding officers confirmed a single vehicle roll-over crash with the driver and sole occupant suffering from what appeared to be significant injuries. 

Mansfield Fire arrived with two ambulances and two engine companies. They found the lone occupant of the vehicle had then self-extricated. Upon evaluation, the injuries were severe enough that the decision was made to activate Boston Medflight to transport the patient via helicopter. At the time of transport, the patient had serious, life-threatening injuries. We do not have an update on the patient’s condition. 

The road was reopened at approximately 4:00 am after an investigation by Mansfield Detectives and Collision Reconstructionist Officer David Kinahan. Preliminary investigation indicated the vehicle, a 2019 Ford Ranger pick-up truck, was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Tremont and failed to stop at the stop sign at Williams St.  The vehicle struck a telephone pole and rolled several times before coming to rest upside down against a garage. No one at the property was injured.

The crash remains under investigation by Officer David Kinahan and Detective David Kerr.       

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Press Release: Mansfield Service (Mobil) 9-3-23

 Mansfield Police respond to Mansfield Service early this morning aMobil robbery Press Release 9-3-23nd arrest robbery suspect.

At approximately 3:41 this morning, Sunday, September 3, 2023, the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communication Center (SEMRECC) received a 911 call reporting an attempted robbery of Mansfield Service (Mobil) at 189 Chauncy St. The clerk on duty reported a male suspect assaulted him and demanded money before fleeing toward Central St. Responding officers Josh Ellender and Sgt. Dave Schepis arrived on scene within minutes and located a man matching the physical description and wearing clothing consistent with the suspect description provided by the clerk. Following a brief foot pursuit, the subject was taken into custody without further incident.

As a result of the investigation, Reon Collins, 43, of Easton, MA, was arrested and charged with the following. 

  • Unarmed Robbery
  • Assault & Battery
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Strangulation or Suffocation
  • Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

Mr. Collins will be arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Tuesday, September 5th.

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Information regarding recent sightings of Black Bears in East Mansfieldblack-bear-encounter-nebbtc_Page_1 Opens in new window

On Sunday, April 30, 2023, Animal Control Officer Jeff Collins received multiple reports of black bear sightings in the area of Ware/Essex Streets. MPD encourages you to bring in bird feeders and secure trash cans to help prevent your yard from becoming a happy habitat for the bears. Please read the attached information for recommendations. 

If you see a bear, and it poses a public safety risk, please contact MassWildlife at 508-389-6300 or the Environmental Police at 800-632-8075. As always, dial 911 in the case of an emergency.