Yarmouth and Taunton Police work together to catch stalker Tuesday night; Yarmouth Police investigate smashed car windows at Planet Fitness

Yarmouth and Taunton Police work together to catch stalker

Man threatened to kill ex-girlfriend in text messages

YARMOUTH - On Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Kalil Boghdan met with a Yarmouth woman at her home after she reported being stalked and harassed by her former boyfriend.

Antonia Silva, faces Felony Stalking charges for allegedly sending threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend. YPD Booking Photo.

Earlier in the day, the woman had received over ten text messages--which she had saved to show the police--from her ex-boyfriend all calling her disparaging names and threatening to kill her.

The sender of the text messages, Antonio Silva, 43, of Taunton, is a convicted felon with a long history of violence and abuse according to Yarmouth Police. Patrol Officer Boghdan obtained a warrant for his arrest and contacted the Taunton Police Department for assistance in apprehending Silva.  Silva was located and arrested by Taunton Police around 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

Yarmouth Police Detective Stephen Renzi and Yarmouth Police Patrol Investigator Gordon Gibbons traveled to Taunton Police Headquarters later Tuesday evening  and took custody of Silva. 

Silva was charged with Felony Stalking and was held overnight at Yarmouth Police Headquarters on $50,000 cash bail. 

He is scheduled for arraignment in Barnstable District Court Wednesday.

Information and booking photo courtesy of the Yarmouth Police Department.

Yarmouth Police investigate smashed car windows at Planet Fitness

   Map showing the location of Planet Fitness just off Route 28. Planet Fitness is in the same strip as Stop 'n Shop. Map courtesy of Google Maps.

SOUTH YARMOUTH - On Tuesday evening, January 18, 2011 around 7:30 p.m., Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Albert Sprague responded to the scene of a reported vehicle break-in in the front parking lot of Planet Fitness at 17 Long Pond Drive.

After leaving the gym the owner of a 1998 Honda Civic discovered that her front passenger window had been smashed while she was inside the building. A witness told Officer Sprague that he observed a man in a ski mask run past him as he parked his car in the lot.

During the interview another victim approached Officer Sprague and reported that the driver's side rear window of their 1998 Chrysler Cirrus had also been smashed.

Rocks had been used to break  both windows and nothing had been taken from either car.

Barnstable Police K9 Officer Sean Roycroft was called to the scene and his K9 dog followed a track south towards Willow Street, but was unsuccessful in locating the suspect. 

The suspect is described as a white male, 6' tall, 180 lbs, wearing a dark ski mask and dark clothing.

Yarmouth Police are working with the management at Planet Fitness to improve security at the property.

Anyone with information about the two break-ins is asked to contact Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Albert Sprague at 508 775-0445 extension 2346.

Information courtesy of the Yarmouth Police Department.

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