Lavallee previously pinched for manhole cover thefts

DUDLEY — A Webster man was arrested overnight after police were called to a golf range early Saturday morning.

Responding to a report of a suspicious person at the Dudley Golf Range on West Main Street, police arrested Darrin P. Lavallee, 47, on multiple charges. At approximately 1:19 a.m. on Saturday, Dudley Police Sergeant Paul Ceppetelli and Officer Marek Karlowicz were dispatched to the golf range after the property owner told authorities “He had seen people on the premises via video feed.” Once police arrived, the suspect witnessed in the parking lot had fled on foot towards the golf range, police said in a release.

As police continued their investigation, they stopped a vehicle they deemed suspicious. Police said the vehicle, the color, make and model of which was not divulged, was driven by an unidentified female driver with Lavallee in the front passenger seat. “He was sweating and had some grass clippings on his shoes and bottom of his pants,” police stated in a release. “He appeared very nervous.” Inside the car, officers located two large vehicle batteries as well as a bag with gloves and various tools. A check of the scene revealed these batteries had been removed from an excavator parked on the property, according to police. Authorities said Lavallee is also suspected of attempting to steal rims from cars parked at the golf range.

Lavallee was charged with larceny over $250, trespassing, possession of burglarious tools, and breaking and entering into a vehicle at nighttime. Police said Lavallee was held awaiting bail for an appearance in Dudley District Court on Tuesday, May 29.

Saturday’s arrest is not the first for Lavallee, who taken into custody in January after allegedly stealing seven manhole covers from Webster streets. Webster Police said Lavallee had sold the stolen manhole covers to F&D Salvage in Millbury for about $80. Lavallee has numerous other arrest records in the southern Worcester County area over the years.

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