B.C.P.D. Foils Alleged Would-be Bandits

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Two men were arrested last month after a Boston College police officer on bicycle patrol spotted them allegedly "casing" the automatic teller machine in Stuart Hall on the Newton Campus.

Shawn Hines, 32, of Peabody, and Frank Chiofilo, 49, of Malden, pleaded innocent at their Aug. 21 arraignment in Middlesex District Court, after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery by a Middlesex County grand jury, said Boston College Police Lt. Eugene Neault. Authorities say the duo were seeking to record times of cash pick-ups at the ATM site in Stuart Hall on Aug. 5 when they were halted by Boston College Police Officer David Creamer.

BCPD Patrol Officer David Creamer near Stuart Hall, where he encountered two men allegedly "casing" the ATM last month. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)

Neault said Creamer, on his routine bicycle patrol, spotted Hines sitting in a car on Mill Street, which is adjacent to Stuart Hall. Hines told Creamer he was waiting for Chiofilo, whom he claimed was a student. Chiofilo, walking along a path toward Mill Street, initially turned away upon seeing Creamer before returning to the car. Creamer called Newton Police for back-up after noticing the car's New York license plate was covering a Massachusetts plate.

Boston College and Newton police said they discovered a gun on Hines, and upon searching the car found two more firearms, $1,687 in cash, and a list of area ATMs with times written next to them.

The two pleaded not guilty at their initial arraignment earlier in August at Newton District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Hines pleaded not guilty to a charge of carrying a firearm without a license, and Chiofilo pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving stolen property and larceny of a motor vehicle.

"Officer Creamer did a very good job in assessing and handling the situation," Neault said, who provided assistance along with Sgt. John Derick and Patrol Officer Erika DeJong. "This is also a great instance of two police departments, Newton and Boston College, helping each other out."

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