Gallivan allegedly stole purse from car in broad daylight

AUBURN — Local police have obtained an arrest warrant for a Worcester man they believe stole a purse after breaking into a car late last week.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Auburn Police Department reported they obtained a warrant for Darrell A. Gallivan, 42, of Brookside Avenue in Worcester. The warrant was issued after police used social media to call for the public’s help in identifying a man who had allegedly “smashed a car window at the Auburn Mall Reliant Medical facility in the middle of the day and removed the victim’s purse from the front seat of the car.” Police included a surveillance camera image of the suspect, shown above.

The department’s Facebook call for help identifying the suspect was shared just before noontime Friday, and by Tuesday evening had been shared more than 6,000 times. The post included a promise that the suspect “WILL be caught.”

Darrell A. Gallivan

On Tuesday afternoon, Auburn Police returned to social media to announce the public’s help had identified the suspect as Gallivan. The posting noted authorities “hope to have him in custody soon.”

Gallivan was arrested in Leicester in November 2018, charged with shoplifting and possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card.

According to a November 30, 2017 press release from the Worcester Police Department, the purse robbery would not be the first theft allegedly committed by Gallivan. At that time, Gallivan was charged with Larceny over the Value of $250, two counts of Larceny in a Building, and Possession of a Class A Substance. The charges stemmed from “a reported internal theft of industrial equipment” at the AbbVie Bioresearch Center at 100 Research Drive. According to Worcester Police, two pieces of equipment worth approximately $4,800 were missing and subsequently found listed for sale on eBay. The eBay auction listing included photos bearing serial numbers matching the stolen items. Authorities eventually traced the theft to Gallivan, who had been working as a subcontractor.

Court records also show Gallivan had been charged in November 2016 with identity fraud, receiving a stolen credit card, three counts of improper use of a credit card under $250, and larceny under $250. Prior to that, court records show he had been found guilty in 2014 of larceny under $250, sentenced to six months in jail, concurrent with a prior sentencing.

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