The Superintendent of Wareham Public Schools has notified the Wareham Police Department that all schools in the Town of Wareham will be closed Tomorrow 01/02/14.
On Monday, December 16, 2013, the Wareham Police Department, in partnership with Target, held its annual “Shop with a Cop” event at the Wareham Crossing Target store. During this event, 10 area children were each paired with a police officer to roam the store and spend $100 to purchase gifts for family members, friends, or themselves, which were then wrapped by the children with assistance from Target “elves”. The children and their parents are treated to pizza and soda prior to their shopping spree.
Elementary school aged children who may not have the financial means to purchase gifts were selected by to participate in the event by School Resource Officer Karl Baptiste, with recommendations provided by Wareham School Department officials and teachers.
Interim Chief Kevin Walsh said that while the event was fun for the children, the participating police officers found the evening just as enjoyable, as they shopped throughout Target with their newly assigned partners. “What made an impression on all officers was that the children thought of their parents and siblings before themselves as they shopped,” said Chief Walsh.
The Wareham Police Department would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the management and staff of Target, the Wareham Police Association, American Pizza, Santoros, Minerva’s Pizza, and Barnacle Bob’s (BB’s) for their much appreciated generosity and donations that made this event possible. Special thanks go to the following officers who volunteered their time as shopping partners: Officers Nate Aronson, Karl Baptiste (organizer), Jen Braley, Dean Decas, Ryan Gomes, Zina Kelsch, Blaise Lalli, and Aaron Pacheco, along with Sgt. Walter Correia and Interim Police Chief Kevin Walsh.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Wareham Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for 52 year old Arnold Tavares of Onset after receiving information from the State Police Crime Laboratory that indicated blood samples provided by detectives after a commercial break and entering incident were analyzed and found to match the DNA profile of Mr. Tavares.
On December 27, 2012 at approximately 12:30 am, Wareham PD officers responded to the Wareham Country Market on Marion Road and noticed the store had been entered through a broken window. Store surveillance footage showed the lone suspect, who was unable to be identified, enter the store at approximately 12:10 am, use a hammer to damage a coin machine, then leave the store and run toward Swifts Beach Road.
Examination of the scene showed the suspect apparently cut himself on window glass when entering the store, as blood droppings were noticed in various areas. Blood swabs from the scene were obtained and submitted to the State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis and possible DNA identification. On Tuesday, December 16, 2013, DNA analysis results identified Arnold Tavares as the suspect in the case, and detectives obtained the arrest warrant.
Arnold Tavares was placed under arrest at his Onset residence without incident and was arraigned at the Wareham 4th District Court on charges of Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime (felony), Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250, and Larceny from a Building.