Routine traffic stop nets one of Ten Most Wanted in USA

A Peabody patrolman on an early morning routine traffic stop netted a federal fugitive on the U.S. Secret Service’s Top 10 wanted list — the department’s highest-profile collar in decades.

Sgt. Vincent Patermo, a 20-year Peabody police veteran, yesterday arrested Miguel Jesurum, 30, of Bronx, N.Y., one of the accused masterminds behind a $250 million cellphone cloning scheme that was used to set up a black market for international phone calls.

“I think it was his only arrest of the night, and he was pretty surprised by it,” said Peabody Police Lt. Bill Cook. “There haven’t been any big Top 10 wanted-list arrests here that I can remember for at least the past 20 years. It was a great pinch.”

The fleeing fugitive originally told Patermo his name was Pedro Berroa after the officer pulled him over about 2:45 a.m. on Route 1 northbound near Interstate 95, Cook said. Jesurum was charged with unlicensed driving and the department’s fingerprinting machine, which connects to an FBI database, revealed Jesurum’s true identity back at the station, Cook said…

Federal prosecutors in New York announced the Secret Service’s investigation into the sophisticated theft network last month. The Secret Service is charged with safeguarding the nation’s financial infrastructure and payment systems in addition to protecting top political leaders…

Jesurum is being held at Essex County House of Corrections. Prosecutors have said Jesurum could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in the black-market scheme.

They take the sidewalks in at 10PM in Peabody. We are all fortunate there was a conscientious copper on duty in the middle of the night. Glad to see the local PD is up-to-speed on digital information management.

I know more than a few places in this timorous nation where Jeserum would have been turned loose with a slap on the wrist. Because it would have been too much work to check him out.

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