[HN NOTE: Police believe armed robberies 1 & 2 are unrelated to the third robbery. In the first two Wareham robberies, the investigation is very active and ongoing…]
WAREHAM – Yesterday – Monday, December 17, 2018 – at about 6:25 p.m., WPD officers responded to the Cumberland Farms store on Depot Street for a report of an armed robbery.
According to a WPD media statement, Officer Charles Pillsbury arrived and learned a male had handed the clerk a note stating he had a gun. The male suspect then reportedly also verbalized the threat out loud, saying he had a gun and demanding all the money.
The suspect then reportedly fled the area on foot with a “small amount of cash.”
An extensive search of the area was fruitless, leaving officers and detectives with no additional clues to go on.
Later that evening at about 9:50 p.m., Wareham officers received a second report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General store on Cranberry Highway.
Officers determined the same male suspect from earlier had apparently just robbed the Dollar General.
Like the earlier robbery at Cumbies, the suspect entered the Dollar General demanding money and threatening he had a pistol. He then reached over the counter and helped himself to money in the cash drawer, fleeing the store in an unknown direction.
Wareham officers – this time assisted by Plymouth County Sheriff’s – once again searched the area with negative results.
Both robberies, Cumbies and the Dollar General, are actively being investigated by Wareham detectives.
Armed Robbery number 3:
The following is the actual press statement from the WPD:
On Tuesday morning at 8:33 a.m. Wareham Police Communication Officer Sabina Flaherty received an emergency 911 call from the Dollar General store at 3137 Cranberry Highway for a robbery and a suspect armed with a handgun.
Communication Officer Flaherty continued to get information while simultaneously Communication Officer Christian Tobia dispatched the call to police officers in the field.
The description was given out that a white male with a bandana around his face, and blue coat armed with a handgun just fled the store. At that moment, Officer Stephen Joy, who was responding observed the suspect crossing the roadway from the Dollar General.
Officer Joy further observed a handgun in the suspects back pants pocket. Officer Joy ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, and when approaching, the suspect resisted violently.
Officer Joy began struggling with him, when a citizen, Joseph Parent, came over and held the suspects legs, allowing Officer Joy to handcuff he suspect. Officer Christopher Smith then arrived to assist Officer Joy.
After the suspect was subdued, the firearm, which turned out to be a pellet gun was secured, and a Dollar General bag with money in it was found in his front pocket. The suspect, James Demers, 46, of East Wareham was arrested and transported to police headquarters, processed then taken to Wareham District Court.
Demers is charged with, armed robbery and resisting arrest. Wareham police detectives believe this is unrelated to the robberies on Monday night.
Acting Chief John Walcek said, “This great arrest is the result of the excellent team work by members of the Wareham Police department. From the moment the call was received with the immediate action of our communications officers, quickly obtaining and disseminating key information, Officer Steve Joy was able to make an arrest, without any injury within minutes.” He further added, “Mr. Joseph Parent saw Officer Joy struggling with a potentially armed man, and his willingness to provide aid to the officer, greatly assisted in this apprehension and we are very grateful. Cleary, that was a brave and selfless act.” Finally he said, “Steve Joy is a veteran police officer with 25 years’ experience and continues to make a positive impact for the town.”
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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