As luck would have it, as part of routine traffic monitoring he had been conducting on Indian Hill Street, Johnson had just run the registration for the vehicle a few minutes prior to receiving the call to respond to the past B&E. Igoe’s statement was critical in helping the officers in their investigation by placing the vehicle Johnson had just run the plates on at one of the homes where the crimes had occurred.
“You made a huge difference,” Stanley told Igoe. Then addressing his three young sons — Drew, James and Johnny — she added, “Boys, you should be very proud of your father.” Igoe’s wife, Lisa, was also present for the recognition.
Holmes said due to the hard work of her officers, eventually the suspect was arrested, convicted and is currently serving jail time for his crimes. Although not all items stolen were recouped, Stanley stressed that wasn’t the point. The important thing is “we got him,” she said, referring to the robber.
But as these officers well know, the job of keeping the town safe is never finished. Recently the department issued a statement on the West Newbury Public Safety Facebook and Twitter accounts noting that police are currently investigating three separate housebreaks that have occurred in town over the past 2 1/2 months.
The notice reads in part, “This is the time of year when there are more break-ins and thefts due to the holiday season. UPS and FedEX often use rental vehicles to keep up with their workload. We ask that residents secure their property, vehicles and pick up packages left on the their doorsteps as soon as possible after delivery. Please report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to the police, 978-363-1213.”