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July 4, 2014

Police raid Haverhill company

Refuse to give details of 'ongoing investigation'

HAVERHILL — Police raided a downtown business this week, seizing a variety of items and interviewing employees, but investigators will not say why.

About a dozen officers from the State Police and the Haverhill Police Department raided the Shawmut Property Management offices at 200 Merrimack St.

The company occupies the first floor and part of the second floor of the four-story building.

Shawmut manages the building, which houses several business condominiums.

The officers entered the building late Wednesday morning. They talked to Shawmut employees and removed documents from the offices there.

Investigators remained at the scene for hours and had an officer on the site into early Wednesday night.

When asked about the raid, local police would say little.

“The only thing I can tell you ... is that there was a multi Law Enforcement Agency presence at 200 Merrimack St. ... any comment will have to come from the Essex County District Attorney’s Office,’’ read an email from Haverhill police Lt. Robert Pistone.

Haverhill Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said the raid is part of an ongoing investigation. He said he could release no other details.

When asked about the incident, Stephen O’Connell, spokesman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office, would not comment.

“As a matter of policy we don’t confirm or deny investigations,” he said.

The Shawmut Property Management phone line had a recorded message which said as of Wednesday, it was closed for the holiday weekend.

The company is in what is known as the Casey Paper building, named for a store that occupied the ground floor for many years.

It is also known as the Franklin Block.

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