Police Chief Thomas Perkins and Town Administrator Anthony Ansaldi report two Danvers residents were issued summons this weekend after allegedly stealing three Black Lives Matter signs from properties in town.
A 78-YEAR-OLD DANVERS MAN and a 67-YEAR-OLD DANVERS WOMAN were both issued a summons for three counts of Larceny Under $1,200.
On Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20, the Wenham Police Department received separate reports from a resident that their Black Lives Matter signs had been stolen from their property on Maple Street.
On Saturday, July 25 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a Wenham resident called police to report two people were actively stealing a Black Lives Matter sign from the front yard of a home on Cherry Street.
Officers determined that the DANVERS MAN and WOMAN were allegedly responsible for the two other thefts that occurred earlier in the week, as well as the one on July 25, and will summons both to appear in court for a Clerk’s Hearing to determine probable cause at a later date.
“Thank you to all who helped bring a quick conclusion to this investigation,” Chief Perkins said. “The actions of these two individuals are uncalled for, and directly contradict the respect and compassion we need to show each other during this time of learning and growth.”
“Actions like this have no place in our town,” Town Administrator Ansaldi said. “Wenham is an open and inclusive place for all, and we stand with those who are raising awareness about the systemic injustice that has plagued our society. Thank you to the men and women of the Wenham Police Department as well for their swift work in this case and all the great work they do.”
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.