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Alleged Serial Gun-Wielding Robber Arrested

Police believe that 19-year-old Taylor A. Goulding is connected to seven recent armed robberies in Winchester, Melrose, Stoneham, Woburn and Reading.

Stoneham Police have arrested a 19-year-old in connection with seven recent armed robberies in the area—including a Nov. 5 robbery at the Dairy Barn on Main Street in Winchester—police announced in a press release on Thursday morning.

Taylor A. Goulding of Stoneham is charged with two counts of armed robbery while being masked and one count of attempted armed robbery while being masked for the three robberies that occurred in Stoneham on Oct. 30 at DB Mart, Nov. 1 at Sunset Tanning and Nov. 11 at C-Store.

In each of those robberies, the suspect was described as a white male, wearing a black ski mask, black sweatshirt, black pants, black gloves, black and white sneakers, and brandishing a black handgun, according to Stoneham Police.

That description matched the description of the person who robbed the DB Mart in Woburn on Nov. 2; the Dairy Barn in Winchester on Nov. 5; the Richdale store in Melrose on Nov. 7; and the Gulf gas station in Reading on Nov. 15.

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On Wednesday with assistance from Wakefield, Woburn and Reading detectives, Stoneham Police detectives stopped Goulding's Toyota Corolla on Maple Street in Stoneham, according to Stoneham Police. While speaking with detectives, Goulding agreed to come to the Stoneham Police station for an interview, police said, while his car was towed from the scene for motor vehicle violations. 

During a search of the car, a black replica-style handgun and similar clothing used in the robberies were discovered, Stoneham Police said.

Leading up to Goulding's arrest, during the investigation of the seven robberies detectives developed a description of a vehicle which may have been involved.

On Nov. 17, a Woburn Police officer saw a car registered to Goulding that matched the description of the suspect vehicle, Stoneham Police said, and saw clothing inside the then-unoccupied car that appeared similar to those worn by the suspect in the robberies.

"Stoneham Police detectives, working in conjunction with detectives from the Wakefield Police, Woburn Police, Reading Police, Melrose Police and FBI Robbery Task force began to focus their investigation onto Mr. Goulding," the Stoneham Police press release said. "Significant resources from these cooperating agencies were brought together during the subsequent two week investigation and surveillance of Mr. Goulding."

Goulding was held overnight on $20,000 bail will be arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court.

Joe longsleeves November 30, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Junk box
Jake November 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Are we going to hear from the usual clowns? He was a good kid...He was turning his life around... Give us a break, good job by the cops.
Badger November 30, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Amusing article entitled "Where is the Stoneham High School Class of 2012 Headed?" http://stoneham.patch.com/articles/where-is-the-stoneham-high-school-class-of-2012-headed Was named "A player to watch" by ESPN...
Jake November 30, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Looks like plans have changed. Is Middlesex HOC in Billerica too?
Jennifer November 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
People like this are frightening and thanks you to the police for catching him.
Don Soseleon December 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Enough with this...this such a problem and it is always the same cause...DRUGS...lets be honest for a second and stop avoiding the real issue. Joe Longsleeves said it best "Junkbox"

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