According to a Middlesex County District Attorney press release Michael Harrington has been indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury for Larceny Over $250, Larceny of Firearms and Receiving Stolen Property. Harrington, the Westford, Massachusetts Animal Control Officer was arrested on these charges last week. He became a suspect shortly after Westford School Department Maintenance personnel believed that tools, guns and expensive equipment had been disappearing from the office. In April authorities repositioned surveillance and confirmed that Harrington had taken some equipment valued in excess of $250. Upon questioning Harrington stated that the guns, eleven of which were missing were in his office stored properly. A search of his office disclosed otherwise. On April 9, 2010 police arrested Alberto Ramos of Lowell for Carrying a Firearm. It turns out that this gun was one of the missing guns. Harrington is being held on five thousand dollars cash bail. This case will be prosecuted in the Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn.
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Both the Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property cases are felonies in Massachusetts the way they are being charged. In an of themselves these cases are serious but the suggestion that Harrington was selling or somehow distributing the firearms gives Harrington additional problems. Often times in cases like this one plea bargaining is the best if not only way to avoid a significant amount of jail time. Understandably, the district attorney will want to know where the other ten guns are. Harrington might be able to lessen the sentence he faces by cooperating and providing law enforcement with the information to retrieve these weapons. Regardless, he needs to Hire an Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer.
The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman has successfully defended Larceny cases in Firearms cases in Massachusetts for over twenty years. Call us now at 617-263-6800 to discuss your case. You can also reach us online.