April 19 2016

Grand Jury Indicts Three for Assault, Armed Robbery

By: Rich Hosford

Three men have been indicted by a grand jury in relations to several jewelry store robberies that took place throughout the region, including two in Burlington. 

District Attorney Marian Ryan said that Frederick Cote, 27, and Brian Hurton, 25, both of Manchester, New Hampshire and Michael Taliadoros, 22, of Derry, New Hampshire, were all charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, larceny over $250, and receiving stolen property.

As reported on BNEWS, the three men were arrested on Thursday, December 10 by the Burlington Police Department. 


According to police, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, Detective Thomas Carlson was conducting an area check near Long's Jewelers on South Avenue in response to an earlier report of suspicious people in the store. Several jewelry thefts have occurred in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including one at the Zales jewelry store in the Burlington Mall on Dec. 9.

While on patrol, Detective Carlson observed a man fitting the description of a suspect connected to numerous jewelry thefts in the region sprinting from the area of Long's Jewelers. Within minutes, he also received a call from dispatch advising that an armed robbery had just occurred at the store.

The suspect, later identified as Cote, got into a vehicle, occupied by Hurton and Taliadoros,that was waiting in the parking lot of the Border Cafe on Middlesex Turnpike. Detective Carlson followed it until he was met by backup cruisers who initiated a traffic stop.

The three men were taken into custody without incident. Following a search of the suspects and the vehicle, officers recovered a gold Rolex watch valued more than $34,000, which was identified as the watch stolen from Long's Jewelers. Police also found additional jewelry that matched the items stolen from Zales on Dec. 9.

Because officers were notified that Cote had discarded his weapon in the bushes in the Border Cafe parking lot, Billerica K-9 Officer Mark Tsoukalas and his partner Yak responded to the parking lot in the area where Cote entered the waiting vehicle. Within moments, Yak located the weapon, a black BB gun with silver accents designed to look like a real pistol, in a nearby bush. 

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