YARMOUTH (CBS) – A career criminal with an extremely lengthy criminal record is back under arrest in Yarmouth after police say he conned an 86-year-old woman out of more than $20,000.

The victim, named Rita, says Robert Roche’s dastardly deeds drained her bank account and left her with credit card bills in the thousands.

“He did everything dastardly he could think of,” said the 86-year old woman.

The trouble began when the elderly woman, who has dementia, rented her garage apartment to Roche, an ex-con with 195 past charges on his criminal record.

“He has a sordid past. I think he saw an opportunity to prey on this woman and take advantage of her,” said Yarmouth Police Detective Russell Giammarco.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports

In exchange for the apartment, Roche had agreed to help with yard and house work.

Instead, police say he made several trips to the bank, withdrawing about $20,000 from Rita’s account.

On top of the $20,000 Roche is accused of stealing from Rita’s bank account, police say he swiped jewelry, old coins, and electronics.

He’s also accused of charging thousands of dollars on credit cards he took out in her name.

“He has no integrity and that’s too bad because he’s never going to get anywhere in life and he’s going straight to hell,” Rita added.

Police say just last week, Roche managed to convince Rita to buy a Dodge Charger for about $20,000, even though the 86-year-old can’t drive.

“He told her she deserved a classy car to ride around in,” Det. Giammarco said. “He had the keys, she didn’t. He would do bank runs and take the money out of the account, He even tried to have them put his name on the account but the bank wouldn’t allow it.”

Rita told officers that she became suspicious when Roche concocted a story that his son was involved in a serious car crash and had a leg amputated. He asked for whatever cash she had in her wallet. She gave him $200. Roche also allegedly took the woman’s car, saying he needed to drive to Maine to see his son.

Roche is charged with two counts of larceny. Rita says her nerves have been calmed by this man’s arrest.

But, the 86-year-old is irate that Roche left her with a couple of cats, a fast car sitting in park, and thousands in debt.

“I had pit bulls for 22 years and never had a problem. When you have a pitbull around you don’t have to worry,” she said.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran contributed to this report.

Comments (24)
  1. Jeffrey Shultz says:

    Gee, you say that like he’s a bad guy…

  2. dwoof says:

    So…. how many prior charges before he’s put away? 196? 200?

  3. thor's hammer says:

    he’s got a rap sheet that long, and yet he breathes the air of good men & women. what an outrage! time long past to bring back some of the methods of the spanish inquisition. too bad the “best” i can hope for this lowlife is that he gets a windowless cell, no more than 4 feet in diameter, maybe 2 hrs of electricity a day, a slot in the door for 2 meals a day. certainly NO perks for perps like tv/phone/computer/free education/ free health care. ripping off the elderly especially evil. prior to hoped for very lengthy incarceration, they line the entrance to prison with some of your victims, and they get to give a well place dope slap. do let the door hit you on the way in. justice for the victims!

  4. David Moore says:

    Liberal Mass judges – You reap what you sow – socialist!!!

    1. David McDonnell says:

      I agree, it is not like he had over 200 prior charges. Give the guy a break, a break, a break, etc. etc.

      1. Stanley11 says:

        C’mon now……can’t you see that he was able to rehabilitate himself 199 times???

  5. Midge Martin says:

    “OK something a little more sophisticated, you dip a guy in brown gravy and lock him in a small room with a wolverine who’s high on angel dust.”

    ~ George Carlin


  6. Not Chicken Little says:

    This guy reminds me of Obama, but only in a very small way, he’s only a piker and a small-time petty crook. Maybe he should take lessons from Obama – Obama conned millions, costing us all trillions. And Obama’s not going to jail – yet.

  7. Martin Weiss says:

    195 previous criminal charges ? At some point shouldn’t we say we have spent enough on housing this guy in jail and just eliminate him from the world ?

    1. bumpkin says:

      Spaceship ballast!

  8. JimmytheG says:

    Uh…his last name should be spelled R-O-A-C-H. Then step on him and grind his guts out of his chitinous exoskeleton.

  9. LaVonte d'Ashawn Jackson IV says:

    Where there’s a con man with 195 previous criminal charges there’s a liberal judge who has been conned. Stupid liberals. Put them BOTH in jail.

  10. Snod says:

    This guy should have been providing food for worms about 195 convictions ago!

  11. Fred Farkel says:

    I hope you get porked in the penn you punk beach.

  12. Kevin Johnston says:

    Let’s see the names of the judges that let this jerk stay on the streets.

  13. Mike says:

    If she had kept the pit bulls, that guy would never had come around. I’m betting the guy get’s probation. It is still Massachusetts after all. They have one politician who’s wife and her family ran a gambling operation for a lot of years. When they got busted, the husband, politician claimed he knew nothing about it. I would expect the same from the judges.

    1. Teresa Gardner says:

      That is all they ever give him. He is a con man and gets out of everything by ratting out other people

  14. geepboston says:

    Hey it’s Massachusetts, what do you expect, we could save a ton of money by just doing away with the Judiciary here.

  15. fred says:

    Well I guess it time for the politicians to crack down. How about a 200 strikes and you’re out law.

  16. Sarah Lachambre says:

    I know this man personally and he is a master criminal minded man… if you can call him that. He is a waste of space and a liar. I can believe everything I have heard from this matter and I hope he rots in hell for whats he has done to me family. He will never put anything before drugs. Not even his children. I hate you BOBBY!!!!

    1. brenda says:

      yes he is in face a low life scumbag who needs to be locked up til he croaks! he has hurt so many people… the courts need to wake up and put this animal where he belongs IN JAIL AND NOT LET OUT!!!

  17. firemanmark says:

    Maybe this scumbag will accidently trip down the stairs of the police station….8 or 9 times! Oh to have the good old days when cops could use the night-stick or a blackjack!!

  18. firemanmark says:

    Wbz: Fix your web site.I’ve tried 4 times to comment but it won’t accept.

  19. brenda says:

    THIS ANIMAL now needs to put away forever!!!!!! when is the juducial system going to wake up regarding this scumbag? he has no shame…no conscience, i am outraged at this…. mr roche is lower than a snakes belly…

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