Witnesses help Yarmouth police catch purse thief; Police seek suspect in early morning business break-in attempt

Witnesses help Yarmouth police catch purse thief

Cameron D. Byers, charged with larcey. YPD booking photo.

SOUTH YARMOUTH - Wednesday afternoon, around 3:15 p.m., Yarmouth patrol officers responded to the reported theft of a purse and credit cards in the area of Mid Cape Collision on Old Town House Road in South Yarmouth, according to a Yarmouth police release. A woman told officers that while walking down Old Town House Road, she stopped to tie her shoes and inadvertently left her purse behind when she continued down the road. The woman realized she didn't have her purse and when she turned back, her purse was nowhere to be found.

The woman told the officers that she remembered seeing a man in a blue t-shirt in the area.  Three employees of Mid Cape Collision came out to check on the woman when they saw she was crying.  According to police, all three men saw the man in the blue t-shirt pick up the woman's purse, hide it under his shirt, then walk away. The men told their boss, John Vermette, a retired Yarmouth reserve police officer. Vermette had also seen the man walking in the area of Yankee Drive and was able to locate him and convince him to return to the car shop and speak with officers.

Officers placed the man, identified as Cameron D. Byers, 22, of 438 Old Town Road in Hyannis, under arrest and charged him with larceny and felony possession of stolen credit cards.  The purse and its contents, including the credit cards, were recovered from nearby bushes and returned to the woman, police said.

Byers was the boyfriend of Gina Giovangelo, who fled from the Barnstable Court House during her arraignment on vehicular homicide charges. Byers and another woman were arrested with Giovangelo at a Wareham motel in May 2010 and charged as accessories to the fact. Read that story on CapeCodToday.com here.

Byers was arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Thursday on the larceny and stolen credit card charges.

Source: Yarmouth Police Department.

Yarmouth police seek suspect in early morning business break-in attempt

WEST YARMOUTH - The Yarmouth police are searching for the suspect(s) who attempted to break into Bagels and Beyond at 327 Route 28 in West Yarmouth early Friday morning at 4:32 a.m., according to a Yarmouth police release. The attempted break-in is the latest in a series of overnight business break-ins that have occurred recently in Yarmouth.

Earlier this week, an unknown suspect or suspects broke into two other businesses, Great Island Bakery in West Yarmouth and Village Pizza Restaurant in Yarmouth Port.

Anyone with any information about any of the break-ins is encouraged to call the Yarmouth police at 508-755-0445 or email them at [email protected].

Source: Yarmouth Police Department.

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