Department News

Unwanted medication disposal box

The Tyngsborough Police Department, working in conjunction with the Tyngsborough Board of Health, now has an unwanted medication disposal box located in the lobby of the Police Department.  All medication must be in a secured zip-locked baggie, no sharps (needles), liquids, thermometers, or other non-pharmaceutical wastes are allowed.  Residents are encouraged to use this resource to rid their home of dangerous, unwanted medication.

Any questions please contact Lt. Richard Howe @ 978-649-7504  x 107

From Chief Mulligan: Be aware of scam artists

The other day Detective Sergeant Mark Bourque and I were discussing the extent to which Senior Citizens have become targets for fraud.  Although anyone can fall victim to these scams, the predators who engage in these practices place particular focus on the elderly. Sergeant Bourque was explaining a specific such ongoing case we are investigating, and suggested I write about this problem.

Up to this time, I had not shared with Sergeant Bourque that a family member of mine had recently been the victim of one of these scams. I have firsthand experience with the pain and frustration caused when someone places their trust in individuals whose intention is only to take advantage of them, often at a very high cost.

Senior Citizens make common targets for these scams because they are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their homes, and to have excellent credit, all of which makes them attractive to con artists. People who grew up in the 1940s-50s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these individuals to say “no” by just hanging up the telephone or walking away. Older citizens are less likely to report a fraud because they don’t know where to report it, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or sometimes don’t even know they have been scammed. If you suspect you have been scrammed or suspect you have been a target of a scam, you can always report it to your local Police Department. If need be, we will further refer you to another law enforcement agency.

Locally, within the last month, the Tyngsborough Police have actually had a number of scams reported. Here is a sampling of the types of these activities currently occurring in your town, as well as in surrounding communities:

Individuals posing as National Grid/Keyspan employees arrive at a residence in a vehicle similar to the official company vehicles. They ask the victim to walk the perimeter of their property, pointing out fake issues with the roof, wires, or telephone poles; this takes the victim away from his home. During this time, another individual is rifling through the victim’s home, taking whatever they can get their hands on – money, jewelry, family treasures.

Telephone scams are also very common. An individual may receive a phone call from a person posing as a sweepstakes representative. The caller congratulates you on winning some contest, and then directs you to pay a fee in order to receive your winnings, pressuring the victim with threats that they will lose your winnings. You never have to pay for winning a sweepstakes or contest!

It’s also common for a Senior Citizen to receive a phone call from a grandchild stating they’ve been arrested out of the country and need to be bailed right away. They ask the grandparents to wire money immediately. Don’t believe it! We’ve had victims of this scam in Tyngsborough.

Keep these simple rules in mind:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t.
  • If someone arrives at your home uninvited, don’t let them in. Tell them you will schedule a visit. Many times they will threaten you that they need access right away. Tell the person you are calling the Police Department and you will wait until we arrive. Whatever you do, don’t let them into your home! Stay behind locked doors. No one should be allowed into your home unless you have invited them in and you know who they are.
  • Never hand over checks, money orders, or cash to strangers.
  • If you are concerned or feeling unsafe while waiting for the Police to arrive, call a neighbor or a family member and tell them what is going on.

Don’t be a victim!! You have worked hard all your life; don’t let these creeps take what is yours.

Remember the Tyngsborough Police Department is only a phone call away. Just dial 9-1-1 or 978-649-7504.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on Sherburne Ave.

On Sunday September 4th at 2:48 am the Tyngsborough Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Sherburne Ave just south of Coburn Road.

Upon arrival Officers found a vehicle, a 2002 Toyota Rav 4 had struck a tree, and a female passenger who was still in the vehicle.  The 20 year old female had extensive injuries and was administered first aid at the scene by Tyngsborough Police, Tyngsborough Fire, Trinity EMT’s and Saint Memorial Paramedics.  The driver as well as the passenger were transported to Lowell General by Trinity and Saints.

The female passenger, identified as Alda Phung, 20 years old of Lowell, was subsequently pronounced deceased at Lowell General, the driver of the vehicle identified as Louis Amaro, 20 years old, was admitted with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Amaro was cited by the Tyngsborough Police Department for operating with a suspended license.  The Tyngsborough Police and the State Police Reconstruction team are continuing an investigation into the cause of the accident and to determine whether additional charges are appropriate.

Released by:  Lt. Richard D. Howe