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Police: Duxbury man posed as Homeland Security agent to cops

Police seized multiple guns, ammunition and fake law enforcement identification cards from Barlow, a prosecutor said.

Benjamin Paulin The Patriot Ledger @BPaulin_Ledger

DUXBURY – A Duxbury man will be held without bail overnight until a dangerousness hearing Wednesday following his arrest on multiple gun charges Monday.

Christopher Barlow Jr., 20, of 12 Back River Way is facing several charges after local, state and federal authorities executed a search warrant of his home and car. He was arraigned Tuesday in Plymouth District Court and pleaded not guilty.

Police said they seized multiple guns and rounds of ammunition during the operation. They also confiscated badges and fake identification cards with his name and photo that said he worked for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies.

Inside his home, prosecutor Elizabeth Mello, said police found chemicals used to make weapons.

His car had strobe lights installed in the front and back that flash blue and red.

Barlow is a junior college student at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and a volunteer EMT and firefighter at the Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service in Easton, Connecticut. He graduated from Duxbury High School in 2015.

An investigation began in June when members of the fire department grew concerned about guns Barlow had, Mello said. Barlow does not have a license to own a gun in Massachusetts or Connecticut.

Police in Connecticut reached out to Duxbury Police about Barlow in early June. Duxbury officers went to his house and spoke to his parents, who did not allow them to search the house and would not provide them with information, Mello said.

A family member of Barlow s later brought a gun Barlow owned to the Duxbury Police station and turned it in, Mello said.

Barlow then went to the police station and asked why they did not return his gun to him.

He stated that he wanted to record the conversation with the officers and then proceeded to show them a Homeland Security ID, indicating that he worked for Homeland Security, Mello said.

It was determined that Barlow did not work for the Department of Homeland Security and a search warrant was obtained.

On Monday night, officers detained Barlow while he was at his job at the fire station.

He had loaded guns on him and more guns were found in his car, Mello said.

Inside his room at home, after obtaining a code to a keypad to get inside, police found more guns and chemicals that would be used to make explosives, Mello said.

Members of the Duxbury Police, State Police Bomb Squad, FBI, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Connecticut State Police and Easton Police in Connecticut were involved in the operation.

Barlow s attorney, Peter Maguire, said his client has a permit for the strobe lights in his car, due to his work at the fire department.

There s no suggestion here that this young man was pulling people over in his car, Maguire said. He s authorized to have those lights.

He also said that Barlow is a biology student who takes chemistry classes and the explosive materials found in his home were for a school project to make a homemade blow torch.

There is no suggestion that he is actively posing a danger to the community, Maguire said.

At the dangerousness hearing on Wednesday, it will be determined whether Barlow will be held for up to 120 days in jail without bail prior to trial.

The charges he faces are three counts of possession of a firearm without a FID card, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of explosives and two counts of impersonating a police officer.

Photos of the evidence released by Duxbury Police show at least five handguns, two rifles, several magazines and rounds of ammunition. There are also what appears to be multiple identification cards and badges, along with sets of handcuffs and a black mask.

Sleuth hopes for breakthrough in biggest US art heist

A Dutch art sleuth who says he’s following two possible leads in the largest art heist in U.S. history is hoping a $10 million reward will help track down the collection stolen from a Boston museum in 1990.

Arthur Brand thinks a decision last month to double the reward for information could prompt the return of 13 works stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, though the museum’s director of security says the leads Brand is following have already been pursued and are considered dead ends.

The $10 million reward announced in May by the museum’s trustees is on offer only until the end of the year, when it will likely revert to $5 million.

“All the lights are on green,” said Brand, whose past searches for purloined paintings and sculptures have led to Ukrainian militiamen and Nazi memorabilia collectors. “If the people do not bring them back this year, it’s now or never.”

The stunning theft at the Gardner Museum was remarkably simple. Two men masqueraded as Boston police and got into the museum by telling a security guard they were responding to a disturbance.

Once inside, the thieves handcuffed two guards on duty and put them in the museum’s basement before snatching masterpieces that included paintings by Dutch masters Rembrandt van Rijn[1] and Johannes Vermeer and French impressionist Edouard Manet.

Investigators have followed an array of leads and suspects mobsters, Irish gunrunners, local thieves and even a Hollywood screenwriter.

The FBI told The Associated Press in 2015 that two suspects Boston criminals with ties to organized crime were dead, but the deaths did not end the search for the Gardner’s stolen art. The FBI said investigators believe the collection moved through organized crime circles to Connecticut and Philadelphia, but its exact whereabouts remains a mystery.

The missing pieces include Rembrandt’s only known seascape, “Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” and his “A Lady and Gentleman in Black;” Manet’s “Chez Tortoni;” and Vermeer’s “The Concert,” one of fewer than 40 known paintings by the 17th century Dutch painter.

Neither of the leads Brand is following is new, but the tenacious sleuth hopes the bigger reward will help. He has a record of success he helped German police seize a huge stash of art in 2015 that included two bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler[2]. He also helped recover art stolen from a Dutch museum that had ended up with a militia in Ukraine. He runs a Dutch agency that helps track the provenance of works of art and advises buyers on their authenticity.

One of the leads focuses on a Dutch criminal who was reportedly in possession of photos of the stolen art and tried to sell the works in the Netherlands and the Belgian city of Antwerp in the early 1990s.

Brand has not seen the photos, but says sources tell him they were taken after the theft. He declined to identify the criminal involved, or his sources.

The lead sounds old, “but if he can tell us who gave … him these pictures at the time we could trace it back,” Brand said.

The other lead is one that U.S. law enforcement authorities have followed and discounted: That a former member or members of the Irish Republican Army, which was responsible for a 27-year campaign of violence in Ireland and the United Kingdom[3], may have information about the works.

“We are talking with some people about getting more information and trying to make a deal,” Brand said, again refusing to elaborate.

Anthony Amore, the Isabella Stewart Gardner’s director of security, says the FBI already has pursued Brand’s leads.

“We’ve explored the leads Arthur is discussing extensively in the past, and we’re confident that we closed them without further need for investigation,” Amore said.

He added, “There’s never been any evidence presented to us of any value that the art left the United States.”

Brand says he and other experts haven’t given up on the Irish angle.

“We all think we have very good leads in Ireland, but we still didn’t see the paintings, so you never know for sure,” he said.

The possibility that whoever now has the art may not face prosecution could also help, along with the huge reward, to get the art back to the Boston museum.

The five-year statute of limitations on crimes associated with the actual theft expired more than 20 years ago, so the thieves can no longer be prosecuted.

Federal prosecutors in Boston have not offered blanket immunity for whoever has the paintings now, but they are willing to consider immunity for anyone who can help them recover the stolen works.

“At this point, our primary focus is to get the paintings back,” Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb told The Associated Press.

Brand says that could be enough incentive to make him the middle man who brings the works back to the museum.

“If you have something in your house, even if it’s stolen, and they offer you $10 million and immunity and anonymity, who will hold you back?”

Asked to rank his chances of success on a scale of one to 10, Brand said. “So in a logical world, I would say 10. But the art world is not logical.”

Associated Press writer Denise Lavoie in Boston contributed.

References

  1. ^ Rembrandt van Rijn (abcnews.go.com)
  2. ^ Adolf Hitler (abcnews.go.com)
  3. ^ United Kingdom (abcnews.go.com)

Who is Adam Rothenberg? Starring in Ripper Street as Captain Homer Jackson and American producer

Rip-roaring!

The popular actor has returned to British telly screens

NEW JERSEY-born Adam Rothenberg is known for his talent for his acting appearances and work as a film producer. Following the 41-year-old s return to Ripper Street[1] on BBC, here is everything you need to know about him

Who Is Adam Rothenberg? Starring In Ripper Street As Captain Homer Jackson And American Producer

BBC

The talented TV personality works in front of and behind the camera

Who is Adam Rothenberg and what is his background?

Rothenberg was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA. Before stepping into the spotlight, Adam previously worked in plenty of ordinary jobs, including working as a bin man and a security guard.

Following his training with James Price in New York City, he began serving in the US Army.

Who Is Adam Rothenberg? Starring In Ripper Street As Captain Homer Jackson And American Producer

Rex Features

Rothenberg worked in a variety of different positions before deciding on acting

Why is Adam Rothenberg famous?

The multi-talented actor is a star of TV, film and the stage. His theatrical productions include Danny and the Deep Blue see and A Streetcar Named Desire. Rothenberg s television break was in 2008, where he depicted David Augie Augustine in comedy series Wicked City.

Who Is Adam Rothenberg? Starring In Ripper Street As Captain Homer Jackson And American Producer

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Long Susan (Myanna Buring), Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn), Croker (David Threllfall)

What TV shows and films has Adam Rothenberg worked on?

Adam has played the role of Captain Homer Jackson in Ripper Street since 2012. Rothenberg has been dating Irish actress Charlene McKenna on the set of the popular show. His other noteworthy TV and film appearances include The Jury, Person of Interest and The Immigrant.

As well being centre stage, Adam has worked behind the scenes. He worked on the soundtrack of Ripper Street and as the producer of short Coyote Beach.

When did Ripper Street start on BBC?

The fifth season of the Amazon Prime[2] show returned to BBC Two on June 19 at 9pm and continues weekly. The show is set in Whitechapel in the East End of London and was set in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.

Amazon Prime users were able to view the full six episodes in October 2016.

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References

  1. ^ Ripper Street (www.thesun.co.uk)
  2. ^ Amazon Prime (www.thesun.co.uk)
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