EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 23, 2013

Rockingham County suspects indicted

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — BRENTWOOD — A bank robbery suspect from Salem and a Derry woman linked to several robberies are among those recently indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury.

The grand jury also indicted a Londonderry man on six counts of possessing child pornography.

Rafael Beamud, 32, of Salem faces seven and a half to 15 years in state prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted on a cocaine possession charge. Beamud, convicted of distributing methamphetamine in Massachusetts in 2005, was charged in connection with an incident Jan. 28 in Salem.

Beamud was arrested April 23 during a traffic stop in Salem and confessed to a string of area bank and drugstore robberies. He is a suspect in 14 robberies in the Merrimack Valley and York County in Maine, according to police.

Police tracked down Beamud after they found fingerprints on a plastic bag left during a robbery at TD Bank on Broadway in Methuen.

Beamud has also been targeted as suspect, but not charged, in a suspicious fire that destroyed his home in February 2012, according to Salem police.

In an related case, Rochelle Richards, 23, of Derry was indicted on robbery and heroin possession charges. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison on the robbery charge and up to 30 years for the drug charge, the indictments said.

Richards, who admitted in court she is a heroin addict, was charged with holding up East Derry General Store in April, telling a store employee she had a gun.

Richards has confessed to that robbery and to two robberies in Manchester and an attempted robbery in Londonderry. She has been indicted in all four cases and remains incarcerated.

In the third case, Jeffrey Velliquette, 42, of Londonderry faces six counts of possession of child pornography.

Velliquette was arrested in December following a sixth month investigation, according to Londonderry police Lt. Timothy Jones.

Police received a tip, prompting investigators to search his Heritage Lane home and seize his iPad, Jones said at the time. Investigators found numerous files of child pornography, he said.

Velliquette faces seven and half to 15 years in prison if convicted on each charge. He has been free on $5,000 cash bail.