Billerica Police Partner with Local Businesses to Prevent Scams Involving Wire Transfers

BILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports that the Billerica Police Department has partnered with local businesses to help prevent fraud involving wire transfers. Police have received multiple reports of residents being scammed into wiring money through Western Union, MoneyGram, Green Dot and more. Some of the scenarios the department has seen recently include: • An individual lost $3,340 after he was contacted by an alleged representative from the IRS and told he owed past tax money. If he did not pay it, the IRS “agent” said he would be subject to arrest/criminal charges. • A man was contacted by a … Continue reading

14 year old Juvenile Apprehended in Area Car Breaks

Billerica – On Friday, January 22, 2016, at approximately 1:30 AM, Billerica Police identified a suspect breaking into a motor vehicle in the area of 220 Salem Road (East Billerica). This area of Billerica has had approximately 6 reported car breaks in the past week, with items ranging from cash to electronics being stolen. While conducting a saturated patrol of this area, Officer Robert Simmons observed a suspicious person inside a motor vehicle at a residence and stopped to investigate. The suspect, who was dressed in a hoodie with a mask covering his face, quickly fled on foot. Patrol Officers … Continue reading

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

Billerica — On Saturday, January 9, 2016 at approximately 12:30 am, the Billerica Police received a 911 call from a motorist reporting a serious single car collision in the area of 894 Boston Road. Billerica Police arrived on scene within four minutes and observed a single vehicle, described as a 2013 Nissan Juke, had collided with the guard rail and utility pole while headed southbound towards the Burlington line. A single female occupant/operator was found to be entrapped inside the vehicle with significant injuries. The Billerica Fire Department arrived on scene and took over efforts to free the operator, subsequently identified as Ashleigh Snelson, … Continue reading

Billerica Residents Lose Combined $12,867.50 to Scams This Past Week

This past week Billerica residents lost a combined $12,867.50 to scams. These were well known scams that this department has warned about in the past and we want to share these recent incidents in the hope that we can generate more awareness and discussion about these crimes. On January 5th Billerica Police received a complaint of a sweepstakes type scam. The 69 year old resident reported that he was contacted by telephone by “Dream Sweepstakes Company”. The caller explained that the victim was the winner of $690,000. The victim was then instructed to send money to a lawyer in Houston, … Continue reading

Warming Up Vehicles In Winter

While it may be very common to look around in the winter time and see vehicles “warming up” it’s not necessary for your vehicle to warm up and in some cases, illegal in Massachusetts.   Massachusetts law allows idling up to 5 minutes – This limit is in place to reduce incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning, wasted fuel, increased pollution and the theft of vehicles. There are exceptions for vehicles under repair, delivery and emergency vehicles and any vehicle that may require auxiliary power that requires the engine to be running. Wasted Fuel – Tests in Canada reveal that with a 5-minute warm-up, total fuel … Continue reading