Billerica – As previously reported, the Billerica Police responded to the report of a Home Invasion occurring in the River Pines Section of Billerica, specifically Maplewood Ave. Upon arrival at the scene, officers met with an adult male victim who reported having confronted an unknown male subject inside his home holding a knife and demanding his wallet. The suspect was described as “tall and slender”, wearing dark pants along with a gray hooded sweatshirt and a mask. The suspect fled prior to police arrival, resulting in an extensive search with the assistance of numerous law enforcement resources. Due to the time of the incident, which occurred at approximately 12:22 PM, and the close proximity to the Dutile Elementary School, a decision was made have the students shelter-in-place until a controlled dismissal of the student could occur.
While following up on leads from an earlier Maplewood Ave residential burglary, which had occurred sometime over past few days, officers identified a suspect from 31 Maplewood Ave, identified as Jonathan Aquino, 26 years old. As a result of that investigation, coupled with information gathered at the scene of today’s home invasion, charges have now been filed against Jonathan Aquino for Home Invasion as well as Receiving Stolen Property. Police believe Mr. Aquino was acting alone and there are no additional suspects at large. Jonathan Aquino is being held at the Billerica Police Department and will be arraigned on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Lowell District Court. Special thanks to the Chelmsford, Burlington and Wilmington Police K9 teams as well as the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing Unit for their assistance today.
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653 or by email at rfrost [@] billericapolice.org
BILLERICA — Police Chief Daniel Rosa is alerting residents that the Billerica Police Department is looking for a man allegedly involved in a home invasion this afternoon.
Billerica Police received a 911 call at 12:22 p.m. from a Maplewood Avenue resident reporting the break-in at his home. The resident described the suspect as a tall, slender man wearing dark pants, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a mask. He was also reported as being armed with a knife.
The suspect immediately fled the residence after realizing that the homeowner was home. Officers responded to the area and established a perimeter. The Chelmsford, Burlington and Wilmington police departments’ K-9 units arrived to comb the neighborhood while the State Police Air Wing searched overhead.
The Dutile Elementary School implemented a shelter in place order during the incident, and school buses were briefly delayed from leaving the area until police completed the search.
“This is an active and ongoing investigation, and we are aggressively searching for this suspect,” Chief Rosa said. “We will continue investigating this matter and searching for the suspect, but anyone with information is encouraged to call Billerica Police immediately.”
Residents with any information about the suspect should contact the Billerica Police Department at 978-667-1212.
CodeRED call launched at 1:45pm – The Police Department received a 911 call approximately 1 hour ago (1230pm) from the 30 block of Maplewood Av. reporting the break in of an occupied home. The occupant reported that the suspect was a tall slender male wearing dark pants, a gray hooded sweatshirt a mask and was armed with a knife. The suspect immediately fled the residence according to the caller. Officers and a K9 have searched the immediate area with negative results and we have no further information to share at this time. The Dutile School is sheltered in place at this time and will conduct a controlled release this afternoon. School officials will be in touch with parents via their messenger system. Please call the Police Department if you have any helpful information or witness any suspicious activity. Thank you.
Billerica – On Thursday, May 07, 2015, at approximately 0744 hours, the Billerica Police responded to an emergency 911 call reporting a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle at Marshall Street and Middlesex Turnpike. On arrival, officers discovered an elderly female on the ground being attended to by a motorist. The pedestrian, who was conscious and alert, was suffering from an obvious injury to her ankle and head. The involved vehicle was described as a passenger transport van leased by the Courtyard Marriot Billerica. The investigation into the incident is currently on-going, however, preliminary information from the scene was that the passenger transport van had been stopped on Marshall Street at Middlesex Turnpike and was beginning to execute a slow speed right turn, southbound onto Middlesex Turnpike when the pedestrian was struck. The pedestrian was not previously on the passenger van and it does not appear any pick-ups or drop-offs occurred at the intersection prior the accident. Of note, there is a designated crosswalk on Marshall Street. The pedestrian was subsequently transported to Lahey Hospital in Burlington with what was described as a serious, but non-life threatening, lower leg injury.
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653
The Billerica Police Department has taken numerous reports this year involving scams amounting to thousands of dollars in losses to residents. Many of these scams involve the use of Green Dot MoneyPak cards, MyVanilla reload cards, Paypal prepaid cards and others.
The Green Dot MoneyPak is a cash reload product that can be used to reload a prepaid debit card, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account or to make same-day payments to major companies.
Green Dot Corporation, the maker of MoneyPak, warns consumers to only use their MoneyPak number with businesses on their approved list and if anyone else asks for your MoneyPak number or information it’s probably a scam.
These are some common scams using MoneyPak cards as payment methods:
Internal Revenue Service Scam – Scenario from IRS
- Victims receive an unsolicited phone call and are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card (MoneyPak) or wire transfer. The number on the caller ID is spoofed and may read “Washington DC”, “IRS” or something similar. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Please see the IRS website for more information.
Grandparent Scam – Scenarios from the FBI
- A grandparent receives a phone call (or sometimes an e-mail) from a “grandchild.” If it is a phone call, it’s often late at night or early in the morning when most people aren’t thinking that clearly. Usually, the person claims to be traveling in a foreign country and has gotten into a bad situation, like being arrested for drugs, getting in a car accident, or being mugged…and needs money wired ASAP. And the caller doesn’t want his or her parents told.
- Sometimes, instead of the “grandchild” making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting police officer, a lawyer, a doctor at a hospital, or some other person. And we’ve also received complaints about the phony grandchild talking first and then handing the phone over to an accomplice…to further spin the fake tale
- We’ve also seen military families victimized: after perusing a soldier’s social networking site, a con artist will contact the soldier’s grandparents, sometimes claiming that a problem came up during military leave that requires money to address.
- While it’s commonly called the grandparent scam, criminals may also claim to be a family friend, a niece or nephew, or another family member.
Paving Scam – Scenario from Wellesley Police
- A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt, extra roofing materials, paint or other home repair materials and is willing to pave your driveway, patch a roof, paint or perform other household repairs at a discounted price. His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates. If you agree to let them perform the work, here is what likely happens. Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway, roof or other area in or around your home. At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price. He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease. You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money. When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written. More from Wellesley Police. Remember, anyone soliciting door to door in Billerica needs to have a solicitors license issued by BPD.
Utility Company – Scenario from AARP
- The callers claim to be billing representatives from your utility company but are actually crooks looking for a quick payoff. They tell you that to avoid an immediate shutoff, you need to settle an overdue bill by providing them with your credit card number or a prepaid debit card (MoneyPak).
Secret or Mystery Shopper Scam – Scenario from the Federal Trade Commission
You may have heard about people who are “hired” to be mystery shoppers, and told that their first assignment is to evaluate a money transfer service, like Western Union or MoneyGram. The shopper receives a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account, withdraw the amount in cash, and wire it to a third party. The check is a fake.
By law, banks must make the funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. It may seem that the check has cleared and that the money has posted to the account, but when the check turns out to be a fake, the person who deposited the check and wired the money will be responsible for paying back the bank.
It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back.
Tech Support Scam – Scenario from the Federal Trade Commission
- The latest version of the scam begins with a phone call. Scammers can get your name and other basic information from public directories. They might even guess what computer software you’re using. Once they have you on the phone, they often try to gain your trust by pretending to be associated with well-known companies or confusing you with a barrage of technical terms. They may ask you to go to your computer and perform a series of complex tasks. Sometimes, they target legitimate computer files and claim that they are viruses. Their tactics are designed to scare you into believing they can help fix your “problem.” These scams often ask you to give them remote access to your computer and then make changes to your settings that could leave your computer vulnerable. They may also attempt to enroll you in a worthless warranty or ask you for a credit card or pre paid debit (MoneyPak) so they can bill you for phony services. In addition, you may even be tricked into installing malware on your computer or be directed to a malicious website.
In all of these scams the victim is often instructed to go to a local store and purchase green dot cards and call the suspect back. The victim is then instructed to read the MoneyPak number(s) back to the suspect. This gives the suspect immediate access to the money and there is no way to recover it. Suspects often use phone numbers with an official looking caller ID to appear legitimate.
We encourage residents to report these crimes to the Police Department.