Two home burglary suspects were captured Monday afternoon, moments after they broke into a residence on Sagamore Road.
At approximately 12:08 PM on Monday, April 5, the Wellesley Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a resident on Sagamore Road. Dispatcher Kevin Lewis and Therese Sheehan quickly learned from the resident that two white male suspects had broken into her home. The resident reported that once the suspects had spotted her, they fled in a brown motor vehicle from the house.
The resident was able to obtain the license plate number and description of the motor vehicle that the suspects fled in. The resident, although quite shaken, was also able to provide descriptions of the two suspects.
As dispatchers Lewis and Sheehan obtained this information, they began sending police units to the area. Dispatcher Tim Gover, who is also a Wellesley Special Police Officer, was en route to a meeting at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency when he heard the call being dispatched. Special Officer Gover, who was on Weston Road at the time, started down Pilgrim Road, headed for the call. However, Special Officer Gover decided to take Elmwood Road instead based upon his experience.
As Special Officer Gover started down Elmwood Road near Ingersoll, he observed three vehicles coming towards him. Special Officer Gover looked at all three cars, and noticed the last vehicle matched the description and the license plate number of the vehicle from Sagamore Road. Dispatcher Gover made a quick u-turn and started after the car. As he did so, the vehicle quickly pulled onto Cavanagh Road, and the passenger of the car, with the vehicle still in motion, bailed out and began running through the backyards.
Special Officer Gover, who was alone, stopped the vehicle and took control of the driver of the vehicle. He immediately radioed a description of the suspect who fled the scene, including the direction of flight. Dispatcher Gover, who has worked for the Wellesley Police Department for close to 20 years, was also able to provide some "local" landmarks to better identify exactly where the suspect was last seen running, and direct subsequent arriving units to attempt to intercept the perpetrator.
Officer Christopher Cunningham arrived moments later on Cavanagh and assisted Special Officer Gover taking the suspect into custody.
Several other units who were responding to the area then went to Pine Plain Road, behind Woodland Road. Once on Pine Plain Road, officers spotted the second suspect running across the street. The suspect was confronted by Lieutenant Marie Cleary and Sergeant Scott Showstead. That suspect gave up and was placed into custody without incident. Lieutenant Jack Pilecki also arrived on scene and assisted with the arrest.
Special Officer Tim Gover's alert and heads up observations, coupled with his actions, directly resulted in the capture and arrest of two suspects who had just broken into a Wellesley resident's house. His ability to direct incoming police officers in a very accurate manner allowed the second suspect to be captured moments later.
Detectives from the Wellesley Police Department's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) conducted interviews of the victim and suspects, as well as processing the crime scene at the house on Sagamore Road.
Arrested on Cavanagh Road was Brian Kelk from Jamaica Plain. He will be arraigned at Dedham District Court for breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony while placing a person in fear, as well as malicious destruction of property, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Arrested on Pine Plain Road was Mario Ferreira from Fall River. He will also be arraigned at Dedham District Court on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony and placing a person into fear, as well as malicious destruction of property.
Special thanks to Wellesley resident and retired WBZ-TV MorningWatch news photographer Nat Whittemore (C76K), who provided the exclusive capture photos. Additional photos can be found at WellesleyPDPhoto or by clicking HERE.
Tim Gover is a Wellesley Police Dispatcher assigned to the dayshift. He is also a Wellesley Special Police officer and works in patrol during various functions. Dispatcher Gover is assigned to the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) as a crisis dispatcher and frequently works in their command post during large incidents and trains with the MetroLEC SWAT Team.