The Federal Bureau of Investigation is singing the praises of an Andover police detective whose work helped to quickly close the book on a high-profile car break involving two rifles last November.
Det. Kevin Aufiero was recognized earlier this month by the FBI for his role in the investigation of a series of car breaks on Nov. 6. One of the cars broken into was an FBI SWAT emergency-response vehicle, from which a Colt M16-A1 rifle and HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle were taken.
Aufiero, working in conjunction with State Police and the FBI, processed the cars involved. As part of that work, he lifted fingerprints from two of the vehicles that matched a Lawrence teenager in a fingerprint database, which led investigators to that suspect the next day, according to Andover Police Chief Pat Keefe.
Generally, print work isn’t too difficult — “it’s just pulling the print off the vehicle or object, or whatever you’re trying to process” where things can go awry, Keefe said.
“There are so many factors that could hinder that, including something on the exterior of the car,” Keefe said. “It as a little bit of luck, but a lot of good talent that it was able to happen.”
After Aufiero’s work identified the suspect, the 16-year-old Lawrence teen charged in the case turned himself in at the Lawrence Police Department. He is currently facing charges of larceny over $250, larceny under $250 and two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle during the nighttime.
The FBI is conducting its own investigation into how the car was broken into, according to Keefe.
Aufiero said he was “glad I was able to do my part, but at the same time, I wouldn’t have been able to do my part without the others.”
“The most important thing is there were two high-powered weapons in the wrong person’s hands, and we did everything we needed to get those back,” Aufiero said.
When asked about the recognition, Aufiero said the authorities “were just doing our job, and I’m glad everything worked out well.”
Keefe echoed similar sentiments, saying “Kevin had a great, big part of it, but it was also a team effort with the FBI, Massachusetts State Police, Lawrence police and Andover.”
“For Kevin himself, it was great to be recognized by his peers and the FBI itself,” Keefe said. “It was great for him to get recognized for a job well done.”