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Another Robbery Near Malden Mini-Market, As Local News Cameras Roll

This time, some of the chase was caught by camera crews from WHDH and NECN, already in town covering the recent robberies at the downtown convenience store.

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As if the city's crime news weren't incredible enough this week, another downtown robbery near the had police chasing a fence-jumping suspect on foot - this time, as local news stations had their cameras rolling. 

Crews from both WHDH Boston and New England Cable News were in Malden to cover the , and managed to catch some of the police hunt on tape.  

Mayor Gary Christenson and Malden Police Dept. Lt. Kevin Molis were also at the store, reaching out to store owner Dharam Jain and speaking to reporters. 

"We're a victim of the times," Christenson told NECN reporter Julie Loncich. "The economy is still in dire straits, and...I think what you're seeing today is a reflection of that." 

Within an hour of Tuesday night's robbery, a masked man hit another store in Saugus and police believe it is likely the same man, according to Channel 7 News. 

On Thursday night, one witness reported seeing the suspect hop a fence, fall to the ground and resume running near the Malden Mini-Market. 

The suspect allegedly stole $100 from the counter of a nearby dental office, though a spokesman from the Malden Police Dept. was unavailable to confirm details Thursday night. 

WBZ Boston and WCVB-5 also covered the story Wednesday night. 


ANDREW ENOUGH April 07, 2012 at 03:50 AM
To bring this City back it needs three PRIMARY CHANGES: (1) INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE throughout the Community focusing on "Downtown". This will instill confidence in the Business Owners and encourage increased retail activity in a "safe" and "secure" area. If this means increasing the residential and business tax rates to raise revenue to hire more COPS......DO IT!!!!!!! (2) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF "DOWNTOWN" in order to attract desireable restaurants, shops and establishments in the Community. Ride through Melrose Center at night; then continue down to Pleasant St. in Malden, the contrast is amazing. "Vibrant vs. Depressing". (3) DEVELOPMENT OF RETAIL SITE - The worse move this City could make is building a Ballpark at the the National Grid site. This site should be used for retail and restaurants affordable and attractive to our citizens e.g. Wellington Station. If our leaders (MRA, City Hall) can't see this WE ARE IN TROUBLE and its time to MOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
DannyBoy April 07, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Andrew, you make some good points, however, I don't believe downtown Malden can ever support the type and quality of businesses that downtown Melrose has, because of the demographics in Malden (a lot of transients and low-income folks). Unless this city undergoes some sort of gentrification process, I don't see this happening at all.
paul surette April 07, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Boy oh boy...is this going to be fun! What was it, like a month ago, when the Malden Police Dept. was feeling good about themselves, high-fiving each other at the 'lower crime' statistics? Along comes a bank robbery which started in Saugus. And didn't Citizen's Bank get hit yet again? Let's not forget the 711 on Salem St....oh wait a minute, did I forget to mention that little convenience store on Lebanon St.? I completely agree with what Michael B said....it's about drugs. What a politically correct remark Mr. Christenson made on television. Of course he's going to say it's a reflection of the economy. Historically, drug addicts have a penchant for hitting banks and convenience stores! For my money (excuse the pun) whenever I see a Mayor of any city get on the television and sugar-coat crime, it is nothing more than insulting to the viewer. Where was ANY Malden mayor when Mr. Jain was repeatedly robbed? Answer: NO WHERE! This was nothing more than glossing over an ugly reality! Quite frankly, Mr. Christenson, I'm embarrassed for you, and for Malden! If there is any pity to go anywhere else for Mr. Jain's problems, I would say to Lt. Molis that I'm sorry Mayor Christenson embarrassed you like that!
Kelley April 07, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Andrew you are 1000% correct. But see Danny Boy's comment below. It's sadly true. While there are quite a number of upper income people in Malden (and yes there are) there is always the lure of the city of Boston. In no way should a city cater to a certain group, that is what gives a city its unique quality. That's the best thing about urban living. But a lot of this unbalance is like a domino effect. Educated people=better salaries=moving to a nice neighborhood=wanting good education for their kids. Not the opposite, like safe houses (ok-everyone needs help at some point) but they can't be in neighborhoods, illegal housing, the list can go on. Malden has some great restaurants and they do quite well, but businesses have to see something before they come in. They want to know if they will make it here. And P.S. That Wellington development is quite a place. It's like it's own little city. And the Orange line station is so close here. It's a shame if that fact isn't utilized. But I understand that no one else has shown interest in the National Grid site. I also think there should be some kind of universal code that says you have to make the facade of your building decent. Nothing should look the same. But you have some businesses that look like the inside of an attic. I don't know. I don't want to be attacked because of my post. But it's going to take some work but once a good plan is in place and things get rolling, we might see some nice results.
Mary Murphy April 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Change the faces at the MRA, then you might start to see some change....Ms Burke and Mr Wishoski have been slobbing out of the public trough long enough and we have nothing to show for it!
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Is the methadone clinic still in downtown malden?
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
you call 25% subsidized housing nothing to show?
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
There seem to be plenty of police when there is a paid detail to attend.
Kelley April 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
LOL-That's true. How many police does it take to look into a manhole.
Diana April 07, 2012 at 04:22 PM
11.4%, coldwater. I'm pretty sure I've told you that before, although at least you've revised your previous assertion of 30, if I remember correctly. http://www.massaffordablehomes.org/mahamap.html
Chris Caesar April 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
John Q trolls people by asking them how the non-existent High School hockey team does. He got me my first week.
Chris Caesar April 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
LOL
John Q April 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Chris, you have to admit, Lisa gave me an empty net...it was a sure goal!!
Chris Caesar April 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hahaha. I think you are up to a hat trick by now :)
DannyBoy April 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Diana, thanks for that link. It's interesting to note that ratio of 11.4% for Malden is higher compared to the ratios in Everett and Revere. This race to the bottom is already hurting this city big time.
Taxpayer April 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Why do police details upset so many people? We dont pay for them and it puts more police out in the city.
robert wilson April 07, 2012 at 07:06 PM
It's something to bitch about.
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
you're not counting all of the subsidized housing, aside from the low income there is senior and disability houseing, all subsidized.
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The figure I use came from Mr. Wishowski at a speach he gave a couple years ago, i can't believe the number would have gone down.
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 08:40 PM
we do pay for them, through higher costs. You think the utilities just eat that?
Dan April 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
For someone to sit there and point to a renovation or state of the art technology about the high school, remember this - it's not about WHAT we have, it's about WHO we have. Walking down by MHS is a reminder that teh quality of student is lost somehow in this city. The high school every year puts individuals into upper-echelon schools and into the Ivy League. But my point is this - what is happening in the BULK of the middle percent? MHS still places in the lower half of the state in terms of MCAS results (I think they're in the 250s out of 350s), and not all of that is related to the teacher. In an urban setting, it doesn't matter what you have, it's who you have. And a simple walk through Malden square on a Saturday afternoon in the spring can tell anybody that.
Chris Caesar April 07, 2012 at 09:23 PM
What's wrong with the quality of Malden students that walk around Malden Center? They all seem pretty nice to me.
DannyBoy April 07, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Chris, what Dan is pointing out is that all the renovations and state of the art technology at MHS are not translating into good grades and high academic achievement from the overall student population. If you look up the rankings of Malden public school system at the state level, it's mediocre at best and this information is public. I'm not sure the teachers or the school administration can make things better, and throwing more money at it is not going to solve the problem. It has more to do with the students' family background and the lack of involvement from the parents.
Diana April 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Dan, perhaps you could describe these students whose potential you're able to discern at a glance?
Chris Caesar April 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I just don't see how one gleans that from seeing kids hanging out in Malden Center, DannyBoy.
Aaron Prestley April 08, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Perfectly said. My sentiments exactly.
Lisa April 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
When I lived in California and Florida my utilities were higher. How do you explain that? That sounds like a rehearsed answer and I dont think my utilities are more expensive because of details. I also do not think the utility companies have anything to do with the police being hired by Stop and Shop or Walgreens. Nice cookie cutter answer coldwater. What was it you did for work?
DannyBoy April 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Jazz, the last time I checked, trespassing on someone else's property is against law. Nice try, wiseguy.
coldwaterdiver April 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The police details at Stop and Shop also drive up the costs, as they are passed on to you the consumer. As far as my work, i run a small business, own and maintain rental property, and donate my time to different charites. What do you do for work?
coldwaterdiver April 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
And for what is worth, California mandates a certain percentage of electricy be produced through "green" sources, which cost more, and most of their water comes from another state, which is part of why utility costs are more expensive there. But that doesnt change the fact that ANY business that has to hire a detail, they will pass that cost along to its customers.

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