Department News


Storytime at Tyngsboro Library

Thank you to all the parents who brought their children to the library last night for the summer storytime program, this is a great town event, I look forward to it every year.  A special thanks to librarian Lori Furtado and the rest of the library staff for what you do.  Also, a special thanks to Officer Chris Rider & K-9 Jagr for the demonstration they put on for the kids, well done!  

Chief Howe

 

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 7/9 – 7/10

Arrest

65 yr. old male of Lowell – Assault & Battery of an intimate partner

 

Summons

25 yr. old male of Pepperell – Malicious Destruction of property over $250

27 yr. old male of Dracut – Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Malicious Destruction of property over $250

 

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

 

Swearing in of new full-time communication specialist

 

Congratulations to Colleen Sheehy who was sworn in today as a full-time communication specialist.   She has been with us since 2015 part-time, we are excited to have her join our full-time staff.  She will be assigned to the 3-11 shift, welcome to the team Colleen!

Press release concerning investigation into missing funds at town hall

TYNGSBOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT

P R E S S   R E L E A S E                                                        

Contact: Chief Richard D. Howe
               rhowe@tyngsboroughma.gov

           

 

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe and Town Administrator Matthew T. Hanson issue the following statement:

Accounting irregularities were discovered in May by members of the town hall’s financial staff, this occurred shortly after a change in personnel and financial processes were implemented in the town’s finance departments. The issues were brought forward to the Town Administrator who then notified the Police Chief.

“The investigation thus far has determined that a significant amount of money, from cash tax payments, is missing. This has apparently been going on for a period of several years.  While we are confident that we have determined how much money is missing, we cannot release the specific details at this time due to the ongoing investigation,” Chief Howe said.

According to Town Administrator Hanson, Tyngsborough recently created a combined Finance Department, with oversight from an appointed Finance Director and the creation of a combined appointed Treasurer/Collector position.  As part of this change, the financial team increased internal controls, including an emphasis on new policies/procedures and increased oversight of financial accounts and software.  This additional oversight from the new financial team led to the discovery of the accounting irregularities.

“As a result of this information the Tyngsborough Police Department has opened an investigation into the possible theft of cash tax payments at Tyngsborough town hall,” Chief Howe said.  A Tyngsborough Police Detective and a State Police Detective assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation at the request of Chief Howe.

“An employee in town hall has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, which remains ongoing,’ Administrator Hanson said.

Chief Howe is working closely with the Board of Selectmen and the Town Administrator’s office. 

“The Town and the Tyngsborough Police Department are dedicated to a complete and thorough investigation which will result in a full accounting of all missing funds and identification of the person or persons who are responsible,” Chief Howe said.

“While our new financial oversights discovered the accounting irregularities, the Town is committed to conducting an independent forensic audit of the situation and will continue to expand financial protocols and software integration to prevent this from ever happening again,” said Hanson.

According to Chief Howe the investigation remains ongoing and additional information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.  All inquiries into this matter are to be directed to Chief Howe.

Criminal charges filed via summons process 6/27 – 7/5

18 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, no inspection

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

46 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, uninsured, no inspection

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

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

59 yr. old male of Tuscon, AZ – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, no inspection

41 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked drivers license, subsequent offense

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

 

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

Fraudulent fundraiser warning

The Tyngsboro Police Department has received complaints regarding an apparent telephone scam. The suspected scammer, who identifies himself as Marvin Winston, informed the resident that they are doing their Annual Ad Campaign for the Tyngsboro Fire Department and that they are making a book that goes to the elementary school. Marvin told the caller that he was from Tyngsboro but he is not a firefighter. Marvin advises the resident to write the check out to “Volunteer Fireman” (deposit only) and to leave it in an envelope on the front door.

Detectives have confirmed with the Tyngsboro Fire Department that they DO NOT have a fundraiser going on at this time. Detectives also found that Marvin is not from Tyngsboro and may be from the Maryland area.

At this time, we are treating this as a fraudulent fundraiser and are urging residents not to contribute.  Please spread the word to your friends, family & neighbors, especially those who may not be on social media.

If any residents have already contributed to this, please file a report with the Tyngsboro Police Department.  If you are contacted by this individual or if you have information regarding the true identify of this individual please call the Tyngsborough Police at 978-649-7504 or leave an anonymous tip by choosing #9.

Large marijuana growing operation found in Westech Industrial Park unit

Chief Richard D. Howe reports that Tyngsborough Police detectives are investigating a large, illegal marijuana growing operation that was found inside a unit of an industrial complex.

On Tuesday June 28th at 2:30pm Tyngsborough Firefighters and police responded to a unit inside Westech park, on Westech Drive, for an activated fire alarm and odor of smoke coming from the building.  Firefighters made entry into a unit and found what later turned out to be approximately 250 marijuana plants of varying size and an operation intended to grow and cultivate the plants.  No fire was found, a power unit had apparently overheated.

Police detectives obtained a search warrant for the unit, and the investigation is ongoing at this time with the assistance of the Middlesex District Attorney’s office and Massachusetts State Police.

There are no legal marijuana grow or sales operations in Tyngsborough.

“This is an illegal and dangerous drug cultivation business, and we are conducting a full and thorough investigation, “Chief Howe said.

The complex is located off of Westford Rd., near Rt. 3 National Grid was called in to disable power to the unit for the safety of the building.

Criminal charges filed via summons process 6/22 – 6/27

Summons

23 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, uninsured

57 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license

30 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Leaving the scene of property damage

28 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with suspended drivers license, revoked registration, uninsured

16 yr. old male of Lowell – Assault & Battery

19 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license, no inspection sticker

25 yr. old male of Nashua – Operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license

 

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

Phone Scams

Please spread the word to your friends, family & neighbors regarding phone scams, we send this warning out frequently but yet people are still being victimized.  During this week, a senior citizen in Tyngsborough had $5,000 stolen from them after they were successfully scammed over the phone.  The people that do this have no conscience and are despicable human beings, please be part of the solution and warn everyone, especially those that you know who may be more vulnerable or may not be on social media to see these warnings.  Never send money after being contacted via the phone, call whatever agency they are purporting to be calling from directly yourself, do not use a telephone number they supply!

Be wise to prevent being a victim of phone scams.  Click the link below.

#TPDcares

 

http://blog.mass.gov/consumer/massconsumer/can-you-hear-me/

 

 

Criminal charges filed via summons process 6/19 – 6/21

45 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery on a person over 60 years old

19 yr. old female of Nashua – Vandalism of property

31 yr. old male of Lawrence – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, uninsured

 

 

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