Barnstable police were called to a home on Nautical Way for a reported home invasion Wednesday night at 10:35 p.m. The victims, a 66-year-old male and his 26-year-old daughter, told police two men knocked on their door and forced their way in the home while pointing handguns at them.
According to Barnstable police, the men searched the house for and stole cash, marijuana, and silver notes from the early 1900’s, before leaving the residence.
Silver notes are legal U.S. currency, which was produced by the U.S. Treasury from 1878 to 1964 as part of the circulation of paper currency. Initially, the bearer of the note was able to redeem it for actual silver that was “held on deposit” at banks. Since 1968, the bills have been redeemable only in Federal Reserve Notes, but are still valid legal tender.
Two hours after the armed invasion Barnstable police responded to a compliant at Sea Side Pub on Main St. of a customer attempting to pay with counterfeit money. Officers quickly determined the counterfeit money was in fact the silver notes that had been stolen two hours earlier during the home invasion.
Police arrested 35-year-old Marcel Young of Dorchester in the early hours of Thursday morning and transported him to the Barnstable Police Headquarters for booking without incident. Young’s physical appearance and clothing description matched that of one of the suspects reported by the victims of the home invasion.
Marcel Young was arraigned in Barnstable District Court this morning on felony masked/armed home invasion and armed and masked robbery. The counts carry a range of penalties, including a potential minimum penalty of five years in state prison on one count, a potential minimum penalty of 20 years in state prison on another count, as well as a potential maximum penalty of life in prison.