Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Transportation of Stolen Property and Possession of a Firearm With An Obliterated Serial Number

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            CONCORD – Nicholas Jewett, 30, formerly of Woburn, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to transportation of stolen property and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 26, 2020, Salem police responded to a report of suspicious activity involving a Cadillac at a motel.  The officer sought to speak to Jewett, who was the operator of the Cadillac.  Although, Jewett initially ignored the officer, the officer was able to stop him and approached the vehicle. 

            Jewett initially provided incorrect identifying information and was placed under arrest.  He had an empty gun holster in his possession.  The Cadillac was later searched pursuant to a warrant.  Investigators found that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was covered up with a label containing a fraudulent VIN.  Investigators determined that the vehicle had been stolen from a Woburn car dealership.  Also located in the vehicle was a .22 caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number and a key fob for a Ford Fusion.

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            Further investigation revealed that Jewett had presented a false identity to rent the Fusion in Nashua on August 5, 2020.  The car was never returned and was later reported stolen.  The Fusion was subsequently located in a parking lot in Woburn on September 8, 2020.

            Jewett is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28, 2022.

            “When an armed criminal like this defendant appears at a motel while possessing a handgun and operating a stolen car, the risk to public safety is substantial,” said U.S. Attorney Farley.  “Thanks to good police work, this criminal was stopped in his tracks before he could do more harm.  This case is a great example of the way that law enforcement agencies work together to investigate crimes and protect the public from potential violence.”

            “This case is a good example of what police officers face every day and how there is no such thing as a routine car stop. Today, Nicholas Jewett admitted to possessing two stolen vehicles, fake IDs, and a handgun with an obliterated serial number that he went to great lengths to conceal,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and reduce violent crime in our communities.”

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            This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Salem Police Department, Woburn Police Department, and Nashua Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Rombeau.


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