A North Billerica man is charged in connection with an armed robbery in Burlington late last year, according to a release issued last Thursday by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
Derek Colamartino, 21, of North Billerica, was charged Thursday with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
According to Billerica Police Department officials, who arrested Colamartino on Nov. 18, 2011, Colamartino is being charged in connection to multiple crimes, including the on the corner Middlesex Turnpike and Wheeler Road.
Detective Gary Burdick confirmed that Colamartino was charged for the Dunkin Donuts robbery following his arrest by Billerica PD. However, because the suspect has been arraigned, Burdick said he cannot comment on the evidence used to connect him with the robbery at this time.
According to Billerica Police Department, "In that robbery, a female clerk working for Dunkin Donuts was threatened at gun point for the money in the store’s register," a release states. "Having this knowledge in mind, Officer [Donald] MacEachern conducted a tactical felony stop of the vehicle and arrested the driver for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and operating with a revoked license."
According to Billerica Police, Colamartino was arrested at approximately 5:20 p.m. after MacEachern observed a stolen 2011 Nissan Murana operating on Route 3A in North Billerica. The vehicle had been reportedly used in a Chelmsford armed robbery the previous day.
"Officer MacEachern had been aware of an earlier alert for this vehicle which indicated it had been used during an armed robbery," the release states. "The robbery occurred at the Brite Clean Cleaners in Chelmsford the previous day. Officer MacEachern was also aware that the suspect in that case was a young white male with a goatee that was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt with white lettering."
According to the release, Officer MacEachern also located a replica semi-automatic hand gun believed to have been used in the previous robberies. Based on evidence collected following his arrest, the Burlington Police Department subsequently charged Mr. Colamartino with the armed robbery of Dunkin Donuts. The investigation into the Chelmsford armed robbery remains open at this time.