Massachusetts Couple Charged in Theft from Vending Machines

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of William Silvia (34) and Kathryn Boudreau (22) both of Massachusetts, for two counts each of theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglar tools on June 7, 2019. In addition, Boudreau was also charged with possession of a prescription legend drug.

On that date, at approximately 12:04 A.M., Officer Nicholas Cocchi and other Fairfield officers were dispatched to the Comfort Inn, located at 286 Route 46 East, to investigate a report of a male and female arguing in the lobby. Just prior to being dispatched to this call, police were investigating a theft from vending machines that had just occurred at the LaQuinta hotel located at 38 Two Bridges Road. In that case, a witness provided a description of a male and female who were the suspects in that case and who were allegedly suspected in a number of similar vending machine thefts in area jurisdictions.

When the officers arrived at the Comfort Inn, they allegedly observed a 2010 gray Toyota Corolla unoccupied with its engine running. It was parked in the hotel’s rear parking lot. At this point, it is alleged that Officer Cocchi and Officer David DeCarlo observed a male and female running away from the hotel eastbound in the parking lot of the adjacent Dunkin Donuts parking lot. The officers ran after them and ordered the pair to stop which they did. The pair was identified as Silvia and Boudreau.

Officer Cocchi immediately realized that these two individuals allegedly matched the exact descriptions of the suspects in the earlier vending machine thefts at the LaQuinta hotel and also a BOLO alert of unknown suspects from a past vending machine theft in Parsippany, N.J. At this time, both suspects were detained for further investigation.

As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers recovered four capsules and one tablet from Boudreau’s pants pocket for which she had no prescription. She was then

placed under arrest. In addition, it was also allegedly discovered that Silvia had an active warrant for his arrest issued by the Mahwah Municipal Court. At this time, he was placed under arrest. The officers then looked into the Toyota and allegedly observed, in plain view, several coins scattered about the interior of the vehicle as well as a pry bar lying on the floor. At this time, the vehicle was impounded for further investigation so that a search warrant could be obtained. It is alleged that officers found approximately $533.00 in cash in the possession of the suspects.

After being charged, both individuals were transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending an appearance in the Superior Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent unless they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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