Off-duty CPD officer helps foil attempted car breaksBy Mike Berger
Quick thinking by an off-duty Canton police officer led to the arrest of a Roxbury man and a Worcester woman last Thursday at the Village Shoppes mall.
Deputy Police Chief Helena Rafferty said Officer Ryan Sceviour notified the police station after he observed the male suspect peering into car windows and getting in and out of at least two cars. Several officers responded and arrested James B. Simmons, 42, and charged him with breaking and entering of a vehicle during the daytime, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a Class B substance (cocaine), and giving a false name to a police officer. Altia Huguley-Owusu, 34, a passenger in the car Simmons was driving, was also charged with disorderly conduct, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and giving a false name to a police officer.
Rafferty said the vehicle Simmoms was driving was reported stolen and an inventory of the car uncovered crushed-up cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Police later issued a warrant for Huguley-Owusu for not appearing at a court hearing.
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