June 20, 2008

Police: Man Posed As Verizon Tech to Break into Homes

By Bruno Matarazzo Jr., The Salem News, Beverly, Mass.

Jun. 20--TOPSFIELD -- A 46-year-old Salem man is charged with breaking into two Tri-town homes in April while posing as a Verizon employee.

Andrew Rossetti of 42 Raymond Ave. was arraigned at Ipswich District Court in Newburyport yesterday on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime, a felony.

Police in Topsfield arrested Rossetti recently following an investigation by Patrolmen Gary Hayward and Steven Weir. Police said Rossetti broke into a Gail Street home on April 7 and was confronted by a homeowner who had been upstairs at the time.

When the homeowner came downstairs, police said Rossetti immediately identified himself as a Verizon employee and showed the homeowner a badge.

"The suspect also carried a black clipboard that had Verizon written in white letters down the back," police Chief Evan Haglund said. "Upon further questioning by the homeowner, the suspect fled the residence."

Rossetti is accused in a second incident, a week later on April 14 in Boxford.

Boxford police said a 16-year-old boy came home from school early and found the man in the way. Again, the man claimed to be from Comcast and was holding a clipboard.

As a result of these incidents, area residents had been placed on alert to be wary of suspicious persons in their neighborhoods and to contact the police, Haglund said.


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