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Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:18

Burglary Suspect in Stolen U-Haul Crashes Into MA Body Shop

Written by Mike Carraggi, Patch National Staff

Stolen UHaul Chase Cambridge


A Cambridge, MA man's escape attempt ended in flames early Sunday, March 19 when the reportedly stolen U-Haul he was using to flee police crashed into a Revere auto body shop, police said.

The chase began when Saugus police investigated a burglary alarm at an Essex Street sub shop. It ended after the driver allegedly struck a Revere police cruiser and drove into Gulino's Auto Body on Broadway.


Police say the U-Haul was stolen out of Somerville.


No one was injured, police said.


Robert Silva, 50, is accused of breaking and entering into Santoro’s Sub-Villa in Saugus, where police had noticed a 2017 Ford U-Haul just prior to the alarm going off at approximately 3:02 a.m. Officers saw the shop's glass front doors had been smashed.


Police a short time later noticed the U-Haul exit off Route 1 onto Walnut Street. Officers stopped the vehicle, but when they exited their vehicle, the U-Haul sped off. The truck went into Lynn, then back to Saugus, and entered Revere on Route 107, where it struck the cruiser. The officer was not in the cruiser at the time and was able to avoid the crash.


The driver then crashed into the auto body shop, exited the U-Haul, and fled inside the building. Police located Silvia inside the building, where he was arrested.


The Revere Fire Department arrived to extinguish a fire that occurred at Gulino’s after the U-Haul crashed into the building and caught fire, which extended into the auto body shop.


Silvia will be arraigned at Lynn District Court. He is being charged with breaking and entering into a building at nighttime for a felony, attempting to commit a crime (larceny from a building), failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, speeding, marked lanes violation, red light violation, stop sign violation, and receiving stolen property over $250.


It was reported by multiple outlets that the U-Haul was stolen.


Saugus Police are also investigating a break-in which occurred Saturday morning at a business close to Santoro's.


We would like to thank Cambridge Patch for reprint permission.

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