By Jim Clark
Police were called to the Magoun Square area on Monday after the alleged victim of a car burglary phoned in a description of a man who had reportedly engaged in the intrusive activity.
The patrol car was directed to a Trull St. location where the suspect, Russell Rossi, 26, of Medford, was reportedly being followed by the victim and his friend. The victim continued to give reports to police dispatchers as they closed in on the suspect.
Rossi was reportedly spotted carrying items that the victim said were taken from his car, specifically a green case containing a Bocce ball set, a black case with tools, and a small brown box containing playing cards.
As Rossi passed Olde Magoun’s Saloon he was detained by officers and questioned about the property that he was carrying. He reportedly told police that they were items freely given to him by the victim, who he claimed was a friend of his.
The victim denied that he knew Rossi, and further stated that he was only visiting a friend who lives on Trull St. and was from out of town.
The victim reportedly told officers that he had been walking with his friend and witnessed Rossi walking down Trull St. carrying the items taken from his car. He then used his friend’s cell phone to call the police.
Rossi was placed under arrest and charged with nighttime breaking and entering of a boat or vehicle.
A subsequent search of Rossi’s person reportedly turned up a Gameboy device that also belonged to the victim.