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Man arrested after confrontation with elderly woman in Taunton cemetery

A Wareham man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly swore at and grabbed a 73-year-old woman in a Taunton cemetery, then stole her cellphone, police said.

The confrontation began shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the Mayflower Hill Cemetery when the woman told Alvin Berube, 53, that his four unleashed dogs were not allowed, police said.

Berube allegedly grew angry at the woman and began swearing at her, according to police.

The victim began to take pictures of the dogs with her cellphone and Berube allegedly grabbed her, saying, “If you want problems, I’ll give you problems,” according to Taunton Police Lieutenant Paul Roderick.

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Berube allegedly wrestled the phone from her hands and took it with him as he left, police said.

He was arrested shortly after while walking in nearby woods, police said.

Berube originally told police that he did not know what the woman was talking about, but later admitted to burying the phone in dirt and leaves, police said.

He was charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 and unarmed robbery, according to police.


Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.