Real Life Somerville Police Stories: James FLYNN (Motor Vehicle Vandalism, Attempt to Commit Crime)

On Monday, January 31, 2022, while working a First Half shift, assigned to marked unit West 7, at approximately 6:38 PM marked Unit West 6 (Officer Kevin Goulart) and I, were dispatched to 139B Alewife Brook Pkwy for a suspicious person call.

Upon arrival, we located a white male fitting the description given to our dispatch, standing in front of vehicle (MA #XXXX), attempting to open the vehicle’s hood with his belt. The male party was identified as James Flynn. James stated that the vehicle belonged to his friend’s girlfriend, and he was given permission to use the vehicle. James was only able to provide a first name for his friend. James later admitted to attempting to gain entry into the vehicle by using his credit card to unlock it.

While attempting to break into the vehicle, James was being observed by two witnesses, XXXX, and XXXX, one of them calling 911. Both parties stated that they saw James trying to break into the vehicle, and recognized that the vehicle belonged to their friend, XXXX. They also provided pictures and video footage of James trying to break into the vehicle, and causing multiple damages.

While questioning James, the owner of the vehicle, XXXX, came out and stated that the vehicle belonged to her. XXXX stated that she did not know James, and he certainly didn’t have permission to touch her vehicle.

James was placed under arrest. Unit 200 was requested to transport James to the Somerville Police Department, where he was booked in the usual manner by the shift commander, Lt. W. Rymill. James was charged with; 266/28/D Malicious Damage of Motor Vehicle, and 274/6 Attempt to Commit Crime.

Respectfully submitted,

Edna DaCosta #346
Somerville Police Department

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