, Gloucester, MA

May 1, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Man charged in theft of checks worth more than $12K

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — Edgar Tista Reyes, 33, was charged with four counts of larceny after a taxi driver who found his wallet left behind in a cab and looked for identification pulled out multiple government checks written to neighbors at his 8 Western Ave. apartment building, police said.

The four checks, tax returns for three separate residents in the building, totaled about $12,894, according to police.

Police questioned Reyes when he went to the station to pick up his wallet Sunday about 12:19 p.m., and he first told police he was going to cash the checks as a favor to his fellow residents.

But police said Reyes later admitted to having stolen the checks from the common hall mailboxes in the building, but said he had not known what he would do with the checks after taking them.

Police issued the criminal citations and gave Reyes back his wallet with everything inside of it except the stolen checks.

Police issued a criminal citation to Lisa Smith, a 42-year-old Lepage Lane resident, charging her with driving an unregistered vehicle Monday about 1:45 p.m., police said.

Police had stopped Smith after observing her allegedly driving “in excess of” 35 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone on Centennial Avenue, according to police. Police found that her registration had expired for the vehicle and Smith told officers that she has been living in Gloucester “for months,” but still failed to become a licensed Massachusetts driver.

Police arrested Jason Ramalho, a 30-year-old Eastern Point Road resident, for driving despite a license suspension, after initially stopping Ramalho on Route 128 North because of a defective headlight on his vehicle Monday night.

A passenger in the vehicle, who has a valid driver’s license, drove the vehicle from the stop, police said.

Latrell Ayers, a 28-year-old Alabama resident, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery and cocaine possession at a Main Street home Monday about 2:02 p.m., police said.

Officers responding to a hung-up 911 call found Ayers screaming at a woman, then observed cocaine on a table, police said. The woman told police that Ayers “came at her and contact (was) made” while she was holding an infant, according to police.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at