Police Briefs 10-10-2013


Chief Brian Kyes announced that officers arrested two individuals on multiple counts of “tagging” city property on Oct. 1.

City officials first began noticing city crosswalks being tagged with the graffiti “tag” of “INCDNT” in early September. Chelsea officers assigned to the Street Robbery Task Force began viewing private and city surveillance cameras and developed enough information to identify and arrest two Chelsea residents on multiple counts of “tagging”.

Louis Martinez, 21, and Wenlher Silva, 22 ,both of Chelsea were arrested. One of the arrested told police that the graffiti was part of a “gorilla media campaign” to market a new clothing line of theirs. He told the investigators that city cross walks where the focus of the graffiti because of heavy foot traffic by young persons.

Chelsea Police are working with the Boston Police Department on this investigation as the city of Boston has reported similar incidents.  Chief Kyes praised the officers for their quick apprehension of the individuals and reminded city residents the police department’s campaign on cracking down on tagging. The ongoing program titled ‘Stop Bragging about Tagging” focuses on three areas; (1) Prevention, including continuous education and community involvement. (2) Enforcement and Prosecution, including a proposed reward program and (3) Removal, quick removal of the graffiti with in 48 hours.  If you would like to view the entire “Stop Bragging about Tagging” strategy please visit www.chelseapolice.com.

The police department continues to aggressively pursue all individuals that cause thousands of dollars of needless damage to property. If you have any information regarding tagging and graffiti in Chelsea, please call (617)466-4662, or report anonymously by accessing www.chelseapolice.com.


Residents in the area of Heard and Spruce Streets lost water service for a little more than two hours last Wednesday night, Oct. 2.

Reports of huge quantities of water coming up from the street came in on Wednesday evening, and Water and Sewer crews responded and began work at the intersection.

By 1 a.m. service had been restored, the repair had been made and the street was once again open to traffic.


The Chelsea Police is once again participating in an annual unused and expired drug take back event coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 19 Park St..

This nationwide one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous unused or expired controlled substances from our nation’s homes will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes are a potential source of supply for the increasing abuse of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Eastern Massachusetts rates among the highest in the U.S. from opioid related overdoses.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now warned that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. Chelsea Police maintain a year round anonymous drug depository kiosk in the lobby of the Police Station.

The drop off is for residents only, and not for physicians or veterinarians.

Items Accepted:

•Pills, tablets, capsules

•Cough medicine


•Any other Medications

Items NOT Accepted:

•Needles/syringes/Auto-Injectors such as EpiPens

•Medical devices (IV Bags, Home Infusion Items)


•Medical Instruments

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