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THREE MEN INDICTED IN POSTAL ROBBERIES

May 26, 2010

BOSTON, MA - Three men were charged in federal court in connection with the robbery of a United States Postal mail truck on January 29, 2010 and the attempted robbery of a second truck on March 12, 2010.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Police Commissioner Edward Davis of the Boston Police Department; and Chief Brian A. Kyes of Police of the Chelsea Police Department announced today that WILLIAM MARK CATALDO, 45, of Chelsea, was charged in a five-count indictment with two counts of conspiracy to rob federal property; robbery of federal property; attempted Hobbs Act robbery; and being a felon in possession of firearms. CATALDO was ordered held pending trial. LAWRENCE BARTONE, 34, of Winthrop, MA, was charged with all of these crimes except the felon-in-possession charge. ELVIS RAPOSO, 37, was charged with conspiracy to rob federal property and attempted Hobbs Act robbery.

The Indictment alleges that on January 29, 2010, CATALDO and BARTONE, along with an unknown accomplice, robbed a Postal mail truck driver while he was at the Porter Square Post Office loading dock. CATALDO and the unknown co-conspirator allegedly threatened the driver with a dangerous weapon and ordered the driver to the ground, taking cash and other items, then fleeing in a vehicle driven by BARTONE.

It is alleged that in the ensuing weeks, CATALDO and BARTONE planned a second robbery of a mail truck at the Charlestown Post Office. Postal Inspectors, along with local police and the Massachusetts State Police S.T.O.P. team, arrested CATALDO, BARTONE and RAPOSO before they could complete a second robbery on March 12, 2010. It is alleged that prior to their arrest, the defendants were seen conducting counter-surveillance in the area of two post offices and were observed “casing” the Charlestown Post Office. In the course of the arrest, ski masks and dangerous weapons were recovered.

If convicted on these charges, CATALDO faces up to 25 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each of the conspiracy and robbery counts. CATALDO also faces up to 20 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the Hobbs Act count. He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment on the felon-in-possession count.

If convicted, BARTONE faces up to 25 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy and robbery counts. He also faces up to 20 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the Hobbs Act count.

RAPOSO faces up to 25 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count if convicted. He also faces up to 20 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the Hobbs Act count.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police and Chelsea Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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