STONEHAM, MA - A Lynn couple accused of a rash of burglaries from area T-Mobile stores was arrested on Monday night after local detectives and security officials from the phone company planted a batch of GPS-activated devices in a Redstone Shopping Plaza store in an attempt to catch the duo in the act.
Frank Senibaldi, 45, and 47-year-old Tammie Lee, both of Lynn, were apprehended near Lynnfield by Mass. State Police after their getaway car, laden with the stolen phones and other evidence, was involved in an accident on Route 128.
They have been charged with receiving stolen property by state police, and local detectives intend to further charge the suspects, suspected of similar nighttime burglaries and thefts from Medford, Saugus, Malden, Revere, and Cambridge T-Mobile stores.
"We've recovered evidence out of the vehicle that's connected to the other burglaries as well," said Stoneham Detective Christopher Dalis. "Detectives are continuing their investigation and hope to file charges in the near future."
According to Dalis, T-Mobile officials contacted local authorities recently after the suspects allegedly burglarized the other local storefronts, including twice in Revere, and managed to escape with large bundles of new phones recently delivered.
The loss prevention officers, aware that Stoneham's T-Mobile store at Redstone has a similar layout to the other locations, suspected that the Main Street building would be the next targeted by the thieves.
"T-Mobile security installed GPS dummy phones in their store in Stoneham, so if thy got broken into, we could track the suspects," Dalis explained.
Sure enough, on Monday night at 10:23 p.m., Stoneham Police dispatchers learned that a burglar alarm had been triggered at the T-Mobile store, and local patrolmen sent to the scene soon confirmed that someone had managed to break into the building.
Local Detective Paul Norton then activated the GPS units, which showed all of the fake phones to be stationary on Route 128 near the Wakefield and Lynnfield line. Police were further able to link the thefts to Lee after she apparently kept one of the devices while being transported to Lahey Hospital for treatment.
"There was a serious motor vehicle accident in that location, and state police recovered numerous cell-phones from inside the car," said Dalis. "One of the GPS devices was showing a location of the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, so I was able to go there and recover that phone from [the female suspect's] hospital room."
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