The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.
On Monday, March 12, 2018, I, Officer David Ruf, was in full-uniform and assigned to marked cruiser East-4, for the Somerville Police Department. At approximately 6:59 A.M., Officer Messaoudi (East-1) and I were dispatched to the area of Essex Street and Medford Street for a suspicious person. Somerville dispatch gave a description of a middle aged white male, wearing a red sweatshirt with a brown colored jacket, with a possible backpack.
Upon arrival I met with the reporting party, XXXX, who stated that at approximately 6:55 A.M. a worker at her daycare witnessed a white male hunched over in her back yard. Donna was then able to see the male walking in and out of driveways on Medford Street and Essex Street and also looking into cars. XXXX stated she last saw the male go up Dartmouth Street; I drove up Dartmouth Street to Broadway and then came down School Street. At School Street and Howe Street I witnessed a white male matching the description, later identified as Michael Della, looking into a black Kia, I radioed my location and Officer Messaoudi came to my location. I asked Mr. Della what he was doing, he stated just walking around cause he got into a fight with his girlfriend and he was going back to xx Gilman Street which he said is an Air B & B. I asked Mr. Della if he had anything sharp or dangerous on him and he stated he had a pocket knife. He attempted to reach for it and was stopped, a pat frisk was done and Officer Messaoudi located. I also found was 2 GPS units, loose change totaling $5.46 and 2 small flashlights. I then asked Mr. Della where the Gps came from, he stated he had them for a long time and he also stated he hadn’t owned a motor vehicle for some time. I asked him approximately how much money in change he had and he was unable to answer.
While officers were speaking to Mr. Della, a male, later identified as XXXX, approached us and stated that his vehicle was broken into. It should be noted that XXXX’s house was one house away from our location. Officer Messaoudi spoke to XXXX who stated that his glove box was rummaged through, but didn’t appear that anything was taken. Based on that information, I conducted a search of the rest of Mr. Della’s bags. I looked through a black and white bag containing 3 smaller pouches. Inside the bag contained a prescription bottle and a boarding pass with the name XXXX on it. I queried the name and located a party by that name at xx Stickney Ave, which is a block away from where we were.
I made my way to Stickney Ave and located a brown Kia Sedona minivan registered to XXXX directly in front of her residence. I looked inside the vehicle and it appeared to the glove box rummaged through and all the contents were on the drivers and passengers seat. I made contact with XXXX and asked her to confirm that she did not leave her vehicle like this. It she be noted that the front passenger door was unlocked. I also asked XXXX if she owned a black and white bag, she stated yes that’s my make up bag. XXXX stated that her vehicle was parked in front of her house since 4:00 P.M. yesterday afternoon and she believed the doors were locked, but wasn’t positive.
While I was speaking to XXXX, Mr. Della stated to Officer Messaoudi the following; He started walking around the area at 1:00 A.M. He was looking for unlocked vehicles by pulling door handles and looking for open or partially open windows. He stated that he broke into several cars. When asked to be specific about the number of vehicles he stated at least six or seven. When asked about the cars locations, he stated that some were parked on the street, others were in driveways.
At this time based upon the evidence and statements made, I placed Mr. Della under arrest for the following; ch 266/18/E B and E of a Vehicle Daytime for a Felony and ch 266/60/A Receiving Stolen Property. He was transported by Unit #200, Officer Brown, to the Somerville Police Headquarters where he was booked by Sgt. Shackelford.
The following property was recovered from Mr. Della’s belongings and placed into evidence;
1 Garmin Nuvi 1450 serial # 1TAG645738
1 Garmin Nuvi 1350 serial # 1NP630662
1 Garmin Nuvi 225W serial # 1VA426263
1 Ray-Ban black sunglass case
1 Visionworks black sunglass case
1 Armani Exchange black sunglass case
1 pair of Dockers polarized sunglasses
$5.46 of coin currency
Officer David Ruf #334
Somerville Police Department