Department News

DCU Bank Robbery Suspect Sought | PRESS RELEASE

On Wednesday May 5, 2010 at about 2:53pm Digital Credit Union located on Middlesex Road in Tyngsborough was robbed by a single male subject.

The subject handed the teller a threatening note demanding the cash in the teller’s drawer.  The teller gave the subject the cash that was in the drawer (the Tyngsborough Police Department is not releasing the amount of money at this time) and the subject then left.

The subject is described as a white male, large build, approximately 6’1”, 240-260lbs wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, blue jeans and a dark colored baseball cap.  The subject was also wearing a wig and a fake gray mustache which were recovered at the scene.

The subject was last seen leaving from the rear parking lot behind Dream Diner on Middlesex Road in a four door sedan, possibly colored brown, older model which was described as mid-sized.  One witnesses thought the vehicle may have been an older model Ford Taurus.

If anyone witnessed this incident or may have additional information please contact Detective Sergeant Rich Howe @ 978-649-7504 x 107.

Department Earns Certification From MPAC

On May 6 2010 the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission officially voted to award Certification status to the Tyngsborough Police Department.

Overall the Department is the 38th in the commonwealth to achieve certification status.

The Department was assessed in March 2010 and was found to be in compliance with all of the applicable mandatory law enforcement standards for Certification.

Achieving Certification demonstrated to the Assessment Team and to the Commission, the Tyngsborough Police commitment to delivering an exemplary level of police service to the town of Tyngsborough and it’s citizens.

TPD Honor Guard Hold Bowling Extravanganza Fundraiser

The Tyngsborough Police Honor Guard held their first “Bowling extravanganza” fundraiser at the Leda Lanes Lighthouse in Nashua, N.H. On April 3.

The event was held to help raise funds for upcoming trainings, expenses for future funerals and parades, as well as equipment (ie. poles and raincoats).  With the help of the public and several businesses, the fundraiser was an enormous success.  48 people in total attended and we held a bracket style tournament with 24 teams of 2.

The Tyngsborough Police Honor Guard would like to thank all those who participated and donated to this fine cause.  We expect this to be an annual event in the future,  Thanks for your time and cooperation, and please view the attached photos of the event.

Thank You.

Sgt. Mark Bourque
Tyngsborough Police Honor Guard

Domestic Abuse | From The Chief's Desk

Domestic Violence and Abuse can happen to anyone; this is a complex and multifaceted problem, often overlooked, denied, or excused. Domestic Violence and Abuse can take on both psychological and physical forms, and represents one of the most common calls for Police Department response in the Town of Tyngsborough. During 2009 we responded to over 90 reports of domestic incidents and charged 30 individuals with Domestic Violence, with a number of these incidents stemming from family disagreements and disputes.

Domestic Abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to physical violence and even murder. While physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. No one deserves this kind of pain and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.

In Massachusetts, Abuse Prevention is addressed in Chapter 209A (“Abuse Prevention”). A person suffering from abuse from an adult or minor, family or household member may file a complaint in the court requesting protection from such abuse, including, but not limited to ordering the defendant to refrain from abusing the victim, whether the abuser is an adult or minor, ordering the abuser to refrain from contacting the plaintiff, unless authorized by the court, whether the abuser is an adult or minor. The court may order the abuser to vacate and remain away from the household, multiple family dwelling, and workplace.

When Police Officers respond to Domestic Abuse violations, if they believe they have probable cause to believe that a person has committed a misdemeanor involving abuse (including assault and battery) in violation of the law, they can arrest without witnessing the crime. This allows the Officers to remove the abuser while protecting the victim. The officers at the scene will explain to the victim of abuse their rights under 209A.

As a Law Enforcement Officer with over 35 years of service to the public, nearly every murder I have investigated involved Domestic Violence. In many of these instances, the victims had repeatedly taken the abuser back into their lives, after dropping protective orders.

The news reports are full of stories of Domestic Violence, whether the subject is a national sports hero or the person down the street. If you are the victim of Domestic Violence or you know or suspect someone is the victim of Domestic Violence, SPEAK UP.

Remember, the abuser’s goal is to control the victim. By reporting the abuse, the victim takes control away from the abuser.

If you are the victim of abuse, you can contact your local Police Department, or the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at their victim witness division, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), a crisis intervention and referral phone line for domestic violence.

Remember, Domestic Violence and Abuse can happen to anyone. If you recognize yourself or someone you know as victims of Domestic Violence or Abuse, do not hesitate to reach out for the help that is available.

Chief W.F. Mulligan

Tyngsborough Police

Preventing Crime | From The Chief's Desk

While recently reviewing police reports completed during my March vacation, I noticed that someone had broken into a vehicle in my neighborhood. Our Police Officers ran a great investigation, the suspect was identified, and the stolen property returned. This event, like too many others, prompted me to share with you some recommendations on how to help prevent yourselves from becoming victims of crime, as well as how to maintain your personal safety.

Most importantly, you can minimize your chances of becoming a victim of crime or finding your safety at risk by taking away the opportunity for these circumstances to occur.  This requires planning and awareness on your part.

There are a fair number of both home and vehicle break-ins in Tyngsboro each month. If you have a garage, use it. Leaving a vehicle parked outside overnight creates opportunity. If you must park outside, don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. We often receive reports of GPS units, laptop computers, and other items taken from vehicles parked outside. When you go shopping, place items in the trunk of your vehicle, keeping them out of sight, as well as difficult to find.

When away from home, leave lights on.  If you’re going on vacation, cancel the mail and the newspaper, have your driveway plowed, and have the grass cut. Your Police Department provides a House Check program in which Officers will make periodic checks of your home while you’re away; request this service. In addition, have a friend or neighbor check on your home, keeping an eye out for anything out-of-the ordinary or suspicious. Make sure all your doors and windows are locked. These simple steps will reduce the opportunity.

Be a nosey neighbor! If you see suspicious activity, report it to the police. Many times after a crime we interview people in the neighborhood who report having seen suspicious people or vehicles, but say they didn’t report them because they “didn’t want to bother the Police.” Believe me, the time is always well spent.  We would prefer to be called and prevent a crime than to take a report from a victim of a crime.

You must also take protective measures around your personal safety. You should always be alert to persons around you.

Many people have become the victims of crimes because they failed to be aware of the other people in their environment. When you park in a large mall parking lot, do not park next to a person sitting in a vehicle. That person may just be waiting for someone or they may be waiting for an opportunity to commit a crime, with you as a potential victim.

Have you every felt you were being followed while shopping? Pay attention to that uncomfortable feeling you get yet when you know something is wrong. Ask the store manager to provide an escort back to your vehicle. Too many times victims of crimes report having sensed that something was wrong, but that they failed to act on their instincts. If they had, they may not have become victims of crime.

If you see someone committing a crime, report it to the police. Do not try to stop it yourself; you could become the victim of another crime. Many of these criminals have drug or alcohol problems, and may be carrying weapons. You can be a good witness by providing a description of the person, a vehicle plate number, or the color and make of a car.

I know we can not prevent all crimes, but by practicing these simple behaviors, we can dramatically reduce the incident of crime.

I have a friend who is a Community Service Officer in another town and involved in a number of neighborhood watch programs. One night a neighbor who belonged to the neighborhood watch program saw a vehicle moving slowly through her neighborhood.

The neighbor felt this just wasn’t right, so she called the local Police Department. An Officer on patrol stopped the vehicle for having a tail light out. The operator was issued a defective equipment tag and promptly left the area.  The next day, a neighboring Police Department called to report they had arrested that same operator of the vehicle while he was breaking into a home in their community; the arresting officer had found the defective equipment tag in the vehicle.

During an interview with Police, the suspect stated he had planned to commit a crime in the neighborhood where he got the defective equipment tag, but moved on because he felt if he could get stopped for having a tail light out, he’d surely never get away with a crime in that town.

My friend likes to take credit for preventing that crime, but his story really shows how awareness and preventative actions on the part of the Community and the Police can minimize crime and maximize personal safety in our Town.

Be safe and have a great spring!

Chief W.F. Mulligan
Tyngsborough Police Department