During what authorities alleged was a Christmas-time thieving spree, a Boston woman is accused of impersonating both a police officer and a Salvation Army worker to steal from people’s homes before speeding off in a Mercedes Benz.
The ongoing investigation, which stretches from Brockton to Boston, has Carla Gomes Darosa behind bars over claims she impersonated an officer and stole personal items from several locations in late December, officials said.
Detectives have already pinned 16 charges on the Boston woman so far, according to a statement from the Brockton Police Department. Authorities are working to see if there are more victims.
The suspected thieving spree started shortly before Christmas when a Bunker Avenue resident noticed his wallet was missing. Surveillance video, the department claimed, showed Darosa looking through mailboxes on the street in the early hours of Dec. 23.
Later the same day, the 40-year-old woman is accused of falsely telling residents on Montello Street she was a police officer and searching the home, according to the department.
“She never supplied identification but stole a wallet from inside that address,” police said.
Darosa, authorities said, continued her crime spree to a home on East Ashland Street, where she claimed she was with the Salvation Army and needed to assess if the family was eligible for holiday gifts.
The department claimed the Boston woman left with a purse and sped off in a black Mercedes Benz. Investigators believe the suspect drove the same car to many of her alleged crime scenes.
One of the residents at the East Ashland Street home said the suspect was wearing military-style clothing and had tattoos on her neck, according to police.
Along with the suspected thieving spree on Dec. 23, police are also charging Darosa in connection with other thefts in Brockton that date back to October, authorities said.
Police said they sought and obtained a search warrant for Darosa’s Boston apartment and seized evidence that links her to past crimes.
She was expected to make an appearance in court Thursday and be charged with breaking and entering at nighttime, impersonating a police officer, five counts of theft from a building, four counts of identify fraud/theft, two counts of credit card fraud and multiple other offenses, according to officials.
Those who think they may have been a victim of Darosa’s alleged thievery have been urged to call Brockton police detectives at (508) 941-0234.
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