Wareham Police arrests include alleged lottery ticket theft, disorderly conduct

Matthew Christianson

WAREHAM – From Wareham Police: On Thursday, October 18, at about 11:15 a.m., Wareham Police responded to Cumberland Farms on Depot Street for a report of an employee stealing lottery tickets. Upon arrival it was reported that an employee had stolen approximately $3,400 worth of lottery tickets in the last four weeks. Officer Jon Verhaegen arrested Matthew Christianson, 28, of New Bedford for larceny over $1,200. He was transported to police headquarters where he was booked prior to being sent to Wareham District Court for arraignment.

(l-r) Edwin Benitez-Figueroa, Melissa Gaudette

Later, at about 7:00 p.m., officers responded to Onset Avenue for a possible accident involving a pedestrian. Officer Charles Pillsbury spoke with a male, who said while driving on Onset Avenue a male slapped his car and he stopped. The individual said he gave $20.00 to the man that hit his car saying he felt sorry for him, and then called the police. Officers Pillsbury and Joseph Cardoza later located the male who allegedly slapped the car, now with a female, and began an investigation. The male being questioned began to scream obscenities at the officers, while throwing his arms in the air. Several people stopped to view the disturbance on the street. The male, Edwin Benitiz-Figueroa, 36, of Wareham was then placed under arrest. The female, Melissa Gaudette, 33, of East Wareham, was also placed under arrest after causing a disturbance and trying to get to the police car that Mr. Benitiz-Figueroa was placed in. Both Gaudette and Benitiz-Figueroa are charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. They were held overnight at police headquarters and were transported Wareham District Court on Friday morning.

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