Department News


House Break on Glendale Ave

On Thursday September 28th between 7:30am & 5:15 pm a residence on Glendale Ave.  was broken into.  Entry was gained by prying open a side door.  An undetermined amount of jewelry was taken along with a blue Nike duffle bag which the suspects likely used to carry the stolen items.  Any residents in the area with security cameras are asked to review them for suspicious persons or vehicles during this time period.  Please contact Det/Sgt. Cynthia Shay @ 978-649-7504 if you have any information or leave an anonymous tip by choosing #9 when you call.

Thank you.

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 9/15 – 9/28

Arrests

48 yr. old male of Litchfield, NH – OUI Liquor (2nd offense), Leaving the scene of property damage

33 yr. old female of Hudson, NH – OUI Liquor (3rd offense), unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

27 yr. old male of Nashua, NH – Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle charges

29 yr. old male of Chelmsford – Warrant for failing to appear for jury duty

Summons

16 yr. old male of Lowell – Possessing over (1) ounce of marijuana

44 yr. old male of Hudon, NH – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

69 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

31 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license, no inspection sticker

21 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

28 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

18 yr. old male of Dracut – Assault & Battery with a dangerous weapon

26 yr. old male of Nashua – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

25 yr. old female of Nashua – Operator Sending electronic message (texting while driving), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, uninsured vehicle

14 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Destruction of property over $250

46 yr. old male of Malden – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

40 yr. old male of Lowell – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

 

All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law

 

Press release from Police Chief & Town Administrator concerning town hall theft

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

 

Contact: Chief Richard D. Howe
rhowe@tyngsboroughma.gov
Town of Tyngsborough Seeks to Update Public on Tax Collector’s Office Situation
TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe and Town Administrator Matthew T. Hanson seek to update the public about the ongoing situation with the town’s Tax Collector’s Office.

 

Many residents have inquired about how the Town of Tyngsborough plans to prevent this type of event from occurring in the future.

 

To recap: Until 2016, an elected Tax Collector oversaw the Tax Collector’s office and an appointed Town Treasurer oversaw the Treasurer’s office.  Because the tax collector was an elected position the town administration had no oversight authority over the tax collector.  In 2016, the Finance Department was restructured and consolidated into a single operating unit with integrated management, overseen by an appointed Finance Director/Town Accountant and appointed Treasurer/Collector, as opposed to the segregated, independent operation that existed during the period in which money was stolen.

 

This key change, which was implemented by the town in January 2017, is what led to the discovery of the missing tax payments in May.

 

The town is testing several new software programs and will later this year choose one that offers much more robust auditing tools and tighter system controls.

 

Of course, the simplest and most effective way to ensure that large quantities of cash payments could never be stolen from the Town in the future was to stop accepting cash payments. As of July 1, 2017, Tyngsborough no longer accepts any cash payments over $50. This has eliminated nearly all cash payments of real estate, personal property and excise tax bills, and payments under $50 will be slowly phased out over the coming years until only checks or credit/debit cards will be accepted for tax payments.

 

The Finance Department is also working with the Town Administrator and Board of Selectmen on a complete overview and re-write of the Town’s financial policies. The town believes that these changes will greatly improve Tyngsborough’s financial stability and security. 

 

“Making the change to an integrated, appointed Finance Department and a single, appointed Treasurer/Collector has made a world of difference, and the change is directly responsible for uncovering this situation,” Town Administrator Hanson said. “We will continue to modernize our systems, policies, and practices until we are in line with all best practices for 21st century governing.”

 

Town Administrator Hanson wishes to express his sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Town staff who dedicated significant time and resources to assist in the investigation, particularly the Finance Director, Treasurer/Collector and their department staff and Chief Howe and his Tyngsborough Police department investigators, for working diligently with the District Attorney’s Office and State Police.

 

“While I cannot comment directly on the ongoing criminal investigation at this time, I want to remind all residents and business owners that I have an open-door policy, and my email address and phone number are widely available on the town website,” Town Administrator Hanson said. “I encourage feedback and comments from the public, and I will always respond to community concerns.”

 

Chief Howe wishes to remind the community that while the investigation is still ongoing, police are confident that the problem has been isolated and stopped. 

 

“You should be confident in the staff at town hall, as they are a remarkable group of professionals who have the best interests of our community in mind,” Chief Howe said.

Suspect arraigned, re; Tyngsborough town hall tax theft

Press Release from District Attorney’s office

Dracut Woman Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Theft from Tyngsborough Finance Department.

TYNGSBOROUGH – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Tyngsborough Chief of Police Richard Howe have announced that Nancy Dutton, 56, of Dracut, was arraigned on Monday, September 25th, in Middlesex Superior Court on five counts of larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the alleged theft of approximately $250,000 from the Tyngsborough Finance Department while she was employed as an Assistant Tax Collector and Deputy Tax Collector for the town. Dutton is being charged in connection with alleged thefts that occurred between 2011 and 2017 under the statute of limitations. However the alleged amount of money believed to have been taken is approximately $450,000 since 2004.

Magistrate Matthew Day released the defendant on personal recognizance.  The next scheduled hearing in this case is October 31, 2017.

In May of 2017, the defendant was asked by her employer to locate a series of back-up documents to verify a set of transactions from July of 2016. The defendant allegedly did not produce the back-up records and proceeded to leave work early.

As a result, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police and Tyngsborough Police Department began investigating accounting irregularities that were discovered by members of the town hall’s financial staff.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant had allegedly been keeping two sets of records, one set that accurately reflected the tax collections taken in by the town and submitted to state tax collectors, and a second set of internal records that were created to conceal the shortages in the bank deposits.

When town residents would come to the Tax Collector’s Office to pay their taxes in cash, the defendant allegedly would take the cash for her own personal use and then make false entries into the agency’s books. A review of the defendant’s personal bank records show a series of cash payments that were allegedly used to pay off credit card debts and for personal purchases. The amount of money deposited during this period exceeded the income that the defendant was receiving from her government job, which was the defendant’s sole employment.

The defendant is also alleged to have laundered money by depositing funds into another person’s account, which the defendant had signatory authority over.

In June of 2017 Ms. Dutton was placed on unpaid administrative leave.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Doug Cannon.

Loss prevention award to Deputy Chronopoulos

Job well done to Tyngsborough Deputy Chief Chris Chronopoulos and Nashua Ofc. Adamson who received loss prevention awards for their work with the Pheasant Lane Mall concerning security and loss prevention issues. Handing them the awards are Pheasant Lane Mall Director of Security Jeff Melisi.

Electric Company Scam!

Don’t Be Scammed!!

Residents and business owners of Tyngsboro and the area communities, please BE AWARE of a recent scam some of our business owners have been the victim of!

If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent your electricity provider, and they threaten to turn off your electricity immediately because you haven’t paid your bill, you are most likely receiving a fraudulent phone call and are being scammed.

DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION!

DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY!

Instead, call a phone number YOU look up for your electricity provider and inquire the status of your account as well as report the scam to them.  Also report the scam to the police department so we are aware of the volume of calls going out there for this type of scam and the areas of our town effected.

If your power is out due to a storm and someone calls claiming to be from your power company, do not give them any of YOUR information and do not send them money.  Instead, call a phone number YOU look up for your electricity provider, and report the outage to them.

Stay vigilant and don’t be scammed.

#TPDcares

Cement truck removed, Middlesex Road open

The rolled over cement truck has now been removed from Middlesex Road at the Pheasant Lane Mall entrance, the roadway is now open.

Tip A Cop Event

The Tyngsboro Police and Chelmsford Police  join ‘forces’ for a Tip a Cop Event held tonight at Applebee’s in Drum Hill to benefit the Special Olympics.

(from left to right: rear row); Chelmsford Officer Dan Sullivan, Tyngsboro Officers Tim Sullivan and Jason Kushmerek. (front center); Special Olympics, Olympian Lee Barry).

#TPDcares

Chief Howe announces Indictment in town hall larceny case

TYNGSBOROUGH — Tyngsborough Chief of Police Richard Howe and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have announced that a Middlesex County Grand Jury has indicted Nancy Dutton, 56, of Tyngsborough, on five counts of larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the alleged theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2004 from the Tyngsborough Finance Department while she was employed as an Assistant Tax Collector and Deputy Tax Collector for the town.

 

In May of 2017, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police and the Tyngsborough Police Department began investigating accounting irregularities that were discovered by members of the town hall’s financial staff. As a result of that investigation, it was determined that Ms. Dutton was allegedly using her position to take tax monies meant for the town and then covering up her actions by falsifying records.

 

In June of 2017, Ms. Dutton was placed on paid administrative leave.

 

“The town of Tyngsborough will be seeking all available avenues to recover the stolen funds, including civil, criminal and insurance that may be available,” said Tyngsborough Town Administrator Matthew Hanson.

 

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our Tyngsborough police detectives and the investigators assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for their tireless work on this case,” Chief Howe said. “A case like this takes time, effort and resources to determine the scope of funds missing.”

 

The missing funds were discovered shortly after a change in leadership and software at the town’s finance department. The Town has also implemented a number of steps to prevent this kind of incident from occurring in the future, including but not limited to:
  • Upgrading and updating the town’s accounting software
  • Tighter managerial control over all financial transactions
  • The Town of Tyngsborough no longer accepts cash payments in excess of $50, and the Town will phase out all cash payments in the coming years.
No additional information will be released at this time pending Ms. Dutton’s arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court. An arraignment date has not been scheduled, additional information will be available following arraignment.

Phone fraud warning

On Tuesday 9/12 a senior citizen in our community was scammed via a phone call she received a call from someone claiming to work in debt consolidation and the caller promised to provide her with a credit card for 0% interest.  The victim then provided her credit card information for a number of accounts including her date of birth and social security number.  This call came from 1-888-778-5736.  

Please NEVER give out personal financial information over the phone under any circumstances.  If you receive this type of call and give out any information immediately call the police department and freeze your financial accounts. A credit monitoring service is helpful to see if someone is fraudulently using your information.  

Please talk to your neighbors, friends, family, especially our senior citizens, who may be more vulnerable to the scam artists who take advantage of people such as what happened in this case.