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Press Release


Burlington Police Department

Michael R. Kent, Chief of Police

45 Center St.
Burlington, MA 01803


Monday, May 11, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627

FBI victim specialist Lisa Soleck (right, facing crowd, addresses the audience). Photo Courtesy of Joe Brown Photography.

Burlington Police Department Meets with Bank Representatives


Best Practices, Robbery Prevention, and Working Partnerships Between Banks and Police Are Stressed


BURLINGTON -- Police Chief Michael Kent is pleased to report that the Burlington Police Department had a productive and friendly meeting with local banking leaders last week.


Burlington bank managers and company representatives were recently invited to the Burlington Police Department's Annual Bankers Meeting at Grandview Farms on Friday. 


During the meeting, detectives from the Burlington Police Department, agents from the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force, and an FBI victim specialist gave presentations on bank security, prevention methods, response procedures, and intervention programs.


Bank representatives were also provided with a Best Practices DVD by the Bank Robbery Task Force. Detectives also exchanged contact information with representatives of each bank, in the hopes of maintaining strong communications links going forward.


"Relationships are key," Chief Kent said. "During and after a bank robbery, the actions taken by management and employees can minimize the chance of injuries and maximize the likelihood that the suspect will be apprehended. It all starts with bank executives and police officers knowing each other and communicating."


Burlington Police also extended an invitation to each bank offering to have detectives attend bank staff meetings, so that all employees are aware of the proper procedures during a bank alarm or robbery. 


"The Burlington Police Department is continuing to engage the community, both residential and business, and we are committed to providing awareness programs while strengthening community relations," said Burlington Police Detective Jim Tigges. "The department is also looking to meet with other specific types of businesses as a group in the future."


Are you a business owner? Contact Detective Tigges today if you would be interested in meeting with the Burlington Police Department or would like to arrange a similar meeting for your business or industry. Email him at or call 781-505-4921





Friday, May 1, 2015                                                                                          Contact: John Guilfoil
                                                                                                                          Phone: 781-791-7627



JAZMIN R. PATROCINO, AGE 23, OF LAWRENCE (Burlington Police Department Booking Photo/Courtesy)


Burlington Police Arrest Alleged Heroin Trafficker

BURLINGTON -- Police Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department Drug Unit arrested an alleged heroin trafficker during a surveillance operation and investigation on Thursday. 

As a result of the investigation and diligent police work, JAZMIN R. PATROCINO, AGE 23, OF LAWRENCE was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Heroin and Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine) with Intent to Distribute, both felonies.

PATROCINO was arrested after plainclothes officers conducted surveillance on Cambridge Street near Kinney Avenue in response to complaints about drug dealing in the area.

Officers approached PATROCINO in his vehicle after observing a drug transaction. Officers found 32 bags of brown powder that later tested positive for heroin and 9 small bags with a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Officers also seized PATROCINO'S 1998 Nissan Altima as a drug car.

"Heroin is a national epidemic, and the Burlington Police Department will continue to show drug dealers that it is not a good idea to do business in our community," Chief Kent said. "This case is an example of excellent police work and a result of the incredibly strong partnerships we have built with our residents and business owners who are equally unwilling to sit back and allow drug dealers in our town."

PATROCINO was held at the Burlington Police Department on $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned Friday in Woburn District Court.

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The Burlington Police Department would like to warn citizens to be aware of two phone scams that have res

urfaced in the area.  The perpetrators use the internet and social media websites to research for potential targets.

The first is known as the "Grandparent Scam," in which fraudsters are impersonating as a grandchild in distress and begging for cash.  Typically a grandparent receives a phone call or an e-mail from a "grandchild." If it is a phone call, it's usually late at night or early in the morning when most people are not thinking clearly.  Usually the person claims to be in a foreign country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or mugged and needs money as soon as possible.  The caller does not want his parents notified.  Sometimes, instead of the "grandchild" making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting officer, a lawyer, or a doctor from a hospital.  The anxious grandparent is then instructed to send money via Western Union or Money Gram.  Once the transfer is made, the grandparent often receives another call requesting more money.  Wiring money is like sending cash.  Once the money is gone, you can't trace it or get it back.  Financial losses in these cases can be substantial and usually cost the victim several thousands of dollars.

If you receive a call where someone is contacting you for money, you could resist the pressure to act quickly and try to contact the grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.  Never write money based on a request over the phone or in an e-mail.

The second is known as the "IRS Scam," in which a person, including recent immigrants, receives a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS.  The caller tells the victim they owe taxes and must paying using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.  The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license.  The caller may know the last four digits of the victim's social security number and make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.  Often, a second call is made claiming to be the police, and caller ID again supports their claim.  If the caller claims to be a Burlington Police Officer, ask for their last name and call 781-272-1212 to verify the authenticity of the call. 

The IRS usually contacts people by mail-not by phone-about unpaid taxes and the IRS won't ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.  The agency won't ask for a credit card number over the phone.  If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, hand up and the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.  IRS workers can help you with payment questions.  The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.

The Burlington Police recommend that you never give a caller personal information, including your bank account, credit card, social security or driver's license number.  Western Union transfer forms specifically warn senders not to send money for an unconfirmed emergency related to a grandchild or other family member.  Money Gram also has a fraud warning on transfer forms and says it can put holds on transfers that raise red flags.  Additionally, limit your personal information, such as vacation plans, on shared and social media sites.

If you believe you may be a potential victim or have been victimized, call the Burlington Police at 781-272-1212. To report an online crime visit:

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Burlington Police Seek Help in Identifying Medallion from 1975 Cold Case:

Burlington Police recently sought assistance from The Poughkeepsie Journal, in Poughkeepsie, NY in order to identify a Medallion found  in 1975 Homicide Case. This case has yet to be solved and are seeking any assistance in identifying the medallion.

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If you have any information please contact Lt. Glen Mills via phone: 781-272-1212  address: Burlington Police Department Attn: Lt. Glen Mills 45 Center St. Burlington, MA 01803 or Fax: 781-270-1920.

You can view the article online: The Poughkeepsie Journal

You can view the Press Release: Unsolved 1975 Homicide