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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sanford Police Department Launches Anonymous Text Tip Line

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 Sanford, Maine – The Sanford Police Department has partnered with Sanford Regional Communications Center to offer a service known as “Text-a-Tip” that allows the public to anonymously submit information to the Police Department.   


Sanford Police Chief Tom Connolly states: “Text-a-Tip will allow people to report any suspicious activity to the police.  Additionally, people may send information about crimes that may happen, or crimes that happened in the past.”


“We are especially excited about how Text-a-Tip may help us to prevent or interdict underage drinking and drug use among one of our most vulnerable populations – our children.  For example, we hope that someone who knows the location of an underage drinking party will use the anonymous Text-a-Tip service to alert the police,” said the Chief.


Chief Connolly notes that Text-a-Tip should not replace dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency.  A tip submitted via text or online may not be viewed immediately; if you need immediate police service, or if you see a crime happening right now, dial 9-1-1.


The Text-a-Tip service allows a tipster and the investigator to have a two-way dialog while keeping the tipster's identity completely anonymous. When a tip is submitted it is routed to a server in Canada where it is stripped of its identifying information and assigned a temporary number.  The information is then directed to the Sanford Police Department.  Officers can respond by using the tip’s assigned number, but they cannot trace who sent the tip unless the person volunteers that information.  Access to the tip line can be managed and any abuse will result in responsible parties being blocked from future use.


There are three ways to submit an anonymous tip: 1.) text the keyword SANFORD and the tip to CRIMES (274637);  2.) Download the TipSubmit Mobile app on a smartphone and choose “Sanford Police” as the agency when a tip is submitted; or 3.) submit a tip online at http://bit.ly/sanfordtextatip.


The service is funded by Maine’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program and is provided by Public Engines, a company dedicated to helping prevent, reduce, and solve crime with easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions that facilitate crime analysis, supply actionable intelligence, and increase public engagement. Users include over 600 Crime Stoppers Programs, law enforcement and government agencies such as the NYPD and the LAPD, nine of the ten largest metro areas in both the U.S. and Canada including Chicago, Houston, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.


Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, as part of the organization’s Drug Free Communities initiative to prevent substance abuse among youth, worked with the police department to bring the service to Sanford. Strategies for a Stronger Sanford is a nonprofit organization working to ensure a strong future for the area by supporting children, youth and their families through fostering a shared community vision and promoting the development of a safe, healthy, and thriving community.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Springvale—Investigators from the Sanford Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, and Maine State Police collaborated to close well over a dozen open unsolved burglaries of vacant homes throughout York County, Cumberland County and New Hampshire. Also closed were two burglaries and thefts of copper from CMP substations in Sanford and Lebanon. The joint investigation culminated yesterday with the arrest of Jeremy Cook (age 40) and Richard Stewart (age 35), both of Sanford.

Investigators caught both men inside a vacant home in Springvale cutting out the copper piping. One of the two men attempted to run from the house once he realized it was surrounded by police, but ultimately gave up without a struggle. The other man came out of the house without incident and was arrested. Investigators discovered copper piping already removed and piled up on a blanket in the basement, ready to be carried out.

Both men were charged with Class B Burglary and booked into York County Jail with $10,000 bail. They are awaiting arraignment tomorrow in Biddeford District Court.

Det. Sgt. Jones said, “These arrests represent a very rewarding end to a lengthy investigation involving copper thefts which have affected countless vacant (and often foreclosed) homes in York County. Maine State Police, York County Sheriff’s Office and Sanford Police Department have all been affected by these burglaries and it took a group effort to successfully catch those responsible. I would also take this opportunity to remind the public to be aware of those empty houses in your neighborhood, and do not hesitate to call the police if you see something suspicious taking place in or around them.”



Friday, July 25, 2014

 BOSTON— Members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Tyler Malmstrom today around 4:30 this afternoon in South Boston. Malmstrom ran from the Maine Coastal Regional Re-Entry Center in Belfast on July 10th and has been on the run since then. Malmstrom has family in Sanford, Maine and it was suspected that he would return there to seek assistance. Detec...tives from the Sanford Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office have worked closely together to coordinate their investigation and search for Malmstrom.

Sanford Detectives learned today that Malmstrom was likely staying in the Boston area and they contacted the Boston Police Fugitive Unit to coordinate the search. Four hours after contacting the Fugitive Unit in Boston, Malmstrom was observed leaving an apartment building in the area of Hyde Park and he was arrested moments later without incident.

Malmstrom had local warrants out of Massachusetts along with his Maine warrants for Escape and Failure to Appear on a Domestic Assault charge which took place in Sanford on May 4th, 2014.

Detective Sergeant Jones credits the teamwork among several different law enforcement agencies across county and state lines today, and over the last two weeks. Sgt. Jones said, “It was this teamwork and coordination which was instrumental in apprehending a fugitive from justice who had been running from the law for over two weeks. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the rapid response we received from BPD’s Fugitive Unit today when we called them and told them we believe one of our fugitives is in your city. This was the best ending we could have hoped for with a case like this. Nobody got hurt and Tyler Malmstrom is back in custody.”



Thursday, June 26, 2014



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

 The FBI is seeking assistance obtaining information to further identify victims of Utah Based Truck
Driver, Timothy Jay Vafeades, also known as the Vampire Trucker. Vafeades was arrested in November
of 2013 on multiple charges. The arrest occurred when his 19-year-old daughter was discovered being
held captive in his truck where he had been holding her against her will for over six months, repeatedly
sexually and physically abusing her. Vafeades had been living in and driving his truck around the country
for years and additional victims have been identified since his arrest. He was indicted on March 26,
2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah on charges of kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity,
transportation of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.
Vafeades targets the most vulnerable of victims using intimidation, brutality and appearance altering
techniques. He has utilized dental inserts to appear to have vampire-like fangs and has filed the teeth of
some of his victims as well as an appearance altering measure. Some victims were also made to wear
wigs or alter their hair (color and cut) to disguise their identities. These details may be key in identifying
his involvement in abuse, battery, kidnapping and possible missing persons cases over the last two and a
half decades. Through an extensive data review, the FBI has determined that Vafeades has crossed
borders and misrepresented himself as a means of gaining access to his targeted victims. He was
deported from Chile while working as an English teacher, for warrants relative to sex crimes in the US
and New Zealand.
Some of Vafeades’ victims may have been seen with him at restaurants, hotels, fuel stops or inspection
stations while he drove cross-country in his Twilight Express Trucking Company truck. They may have
been engaged in performing duties such as maintaining the log book or fueling the truck.
Vafeades is known to have traveled to the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa,
Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas,
Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.
Anyone who has any possible leads or information that could lead to identifying additional victims of
Vafeades, please contact the FBI at SIR10693@LISTSERV.LEO.GOV or call (304) 625-3949.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

 We have recently added a “business contact form” section of our website. This is for business owners to fill out and submit to us electronically. The purpose of the form is to keep your records with us current and the information will allow officers to find your location quicker and contact owners if there is a need especially after business hours or in an emergency situation. Some examples of this would be activation of your businesses alarm or if damage has been done to your business.


Since there are new businesses opening up in the City and established businesses changing management or owners our records become out of date. Please take the time to submit your updated information. Thank you for you time.


Monday, May 19, 2014

 Chief Thomas P. Connolly, Jr., is pleased to announce that effective Friday, May 16, 2014, all Sanford Police Officers have been trained in the NAMI Maine approved CIT program.


CIT teaches invaluable, necessary skills in crisis de-escalation, recognizing mental illness, suicide prevention, and how to achieve positive interactions between the police and people suffering from mental illness and crisis.  CIT improves officer safety, improves officer attitudes toward people with serious mental illness, and increases referrals to mental health services. 


CIT also stresses partnerships between the police and those in the community who provide mental health services. These partnerships identify resources that are available in a crisis and make it possible to plan effectively for diversion.  CIT training classes utilize mental health professionals, community advocates, experienced police officers, and family members of those who suffer from mental illness.


Chief Connolly stated “Since 2009 I have been committed to ensuring that 100% of Sanford Police Officers are CIT trained.  It has been a long, five-year task and very expensive, since most of the training required the expenditure of overtime funds, but it has been worth every penny spent.  I can see the difference in the attitudes of my officers, and I truly believe that they interact with people suffering from mental illness and crisis differently than they did five years ago.”


Connolly also notes that “nationally a large percentage, perhaps as high as thirty percent, of the people with whom the police interact are suffering from some form of psychiatric disorder (http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics).  Knowing this, how could you not invest in the skills taught through CIT?  When you consider the implications of police-assisted suicide and excited delirium, I believe that CIT training should be a mandatory requirement of all police certifying organizations nation-wide.”


Chief Connolly also wishes to thank Mr. Gilles “Gil” Soucy (gsoucy@namimaine.org), Law Enforcement Coordinator for NAMI Maine, for his assistance in bringing the CIT classes to Sanford.



Monday, May 5, 2014

 On May 5, 2014, the Sanford Police Department Criminal Investigative Division arrested Anthony Carpinelli, 21, of 25-C Bates Street for Aggravated Assault, a Class B Felony. On May 2, 2014, Detectives from the Sanford Police Department began an investigation involving two infant twins that had been brought to Southern Maine Health Care Emergency Department with serious injuries due to inflicted head trauma. The infants were transported to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, one with serious the other with critical injuries. The investigation revealed Mr. Carpinelli, the biological father of the twins, was the caretaker of the infants when their injuries were sustained and were inflicted intentionally. 

Mr. Carpinelli was transported to the York County Jail where he is being held without bail.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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