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Prevent Holiday Package Theft

Tyngsborough Police Department Offers Tips To Prevent Holiday Package Theft

With the holiday shopping season officially here, Chief Richard Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.
“Package thefts are a risk throughout the year, but they become far more common during the holiday season, Our officers have already responded to reports of package thefts recently, so it’s even more important for Tyngsborough residents to be mindful of ways they can take action to protect themselves and their belongings.”   Chief Howe 

Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft:

To best ensure that your packages are not taken after they are delivered, Tyngsborough Police recommend the following tips:
  • Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery. FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays.
  • Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
  • Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor or friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
  • Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
  • Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
  • Be aware of “tailgating,” which refers to people who follow delivery vehicles and steal packages after they are dropped off.
  • If you find your package has been stolen, immediately report it to Tyngsborough Police.
  • Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased as it may be a scam.
Additionally, any suspicious people or vehicles should immediately be reported to the Tyngsborough Police Department at 978-649-7504.

Department Activity; October

  • Arrests/criminal charges filed                               –          12
  • Incident reports generated;                                   –         103
  • 911 calls received                                                      –         127
  • Total calls numbers generated by dispatch        –     2,167
  • Business line calls direct to dispatch                   –        301
  • Residential & commercial Burglar alarm calls  –           44
  • Motor vehicle accidents investigated                  –           25                                (investigation occurs only where there is substantial damage or injuries)
  • Traffic citations written                                          –          53

Fugitive from Justice Arrest; Press release



Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-428-3299

Tyngsborough Police, Regional SWAT Team Arrest Hudson, N.H. Suspect

TYNGSBOROUGH — Police Chief Richard Howe reports that the Tyngsborough Police Department arrested a man who fled from the Hudson, New Hampshire Police Department on Sunday, Nov. 17 after he was found inside a trailer Sunday night.
MICHAEL PELLERINAGE 45, OF HUDSON, N.H., will be charged with:
  • Fugitive from Justice on Court Warrant
  • Breaking and Entering Into Motor Vehicle
PELLERIN will face additional charges out of Hudson.
On Sunday night, PELLERIN, who fled from police following an incident earlier Sunday in Hudson, was traced to a RV behind Forrest Marine & RV on Middlesex Road in Tyngsborough. Initial reports had indicated that he may have been armed with a firearm.
PELLERIN was arrested Sunday night without further incident by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT Team. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest and a subsequent search did not locate a firearm.
Chief Howe would like to thank Tyngsborough officers, as well as the responding units from NEMLEC, for their quick and professional response.
PELLERIN is expected to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Thank you to our Veterans

Today we honor those who have served our country with honor and distinction in our armed forces.  We are humbled by your service and sacrifice.