Man Charged in Chase, Fiery U-Haul Crash Held on High Bail

A man arrested in Revere, Massachusetts early Sunday morning after a police chase and fiery crash was held on high bail and ordered not to drive after a Monday court appearance.

Robert Silvia, 50, of Cambridge has been charged by Saugus police with breaking and entering, failure to stop for police, and driving with a revoked license, among other violations.

At 3:02 a.m. Sunday, Saugus police received a burglary alarm alert from Santoro's Sub-Villa. Surveillance footage from the restaurant showed Silvia in a hooded sweatshirt breaking through the glass front door then heading into the office to search the drawers.

Restaurant manager Grady O’Brien said the incident happened within minutes and Silvia did not take anything. A witness reportedly saw a U-Haul parked in front of the store at the time of the burglary.

When the officers arrived Silvia was gone, but they noticed the U-Haul truck exiting Route 1 in Saugus; Silvia was behind the wheel. Police attempted to stop the U-Haul, but Silvia failed to cooperate and a chase began. The pursuit went from Saugus to Lynn, back to Saugus, and then into Revere. It was later discovered that the U-Haul was stolen out of Somerville.

In Revere, the U-Haul struck a police cruiser and then crashed into Gulino's Auto Body, according to police.

At this point, police said Silvia fled the U-Haul and entered the building, where he was arrested.

No injuries were reported as a result of this incident but Revere police and firefighters responded to the crash scene to combat the ensuing fire.

In court Monday, the Essex County District Attorney's Office requested Silvia be held on $75,000 bail. The judge ordered him held on $20,000 bail with condition of GPS-monitored house arrest. Silvia may not drive and must stay away from Santoro's. If he violates those conditions, he can be held without bail for 60 days.

Silvia is due back in court April 13.

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