Billerica Police Investigating Vandalism of Statue at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

BILLERICA — Billerica Police responded Wednesday morning to St. Mary’s Church, located at 796 Boston Road, for a report of vandalism. Upon arrival, Sgt. Frank Mirasolo spoke with a maintenance worker who stated that a parishioner alerted him to a damaged statue located behind the church this morning. The statue, depicting the Virgin Mary, had its head and both hands severed. It is believed that the damage was done late last night or early this morning. “We are actively investigating this disturbing crime and will continue to do so until we find those responsible,” Chief Rosa said. “If you have … Continue reading

Massachusetts Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Transporting a Minor For Illegal Sexual Activity

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Lawrence Marks, 35, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, appeared in United States District Court today and was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to transportation of a minor in interstate commerce for illegal sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice. In November of 2014, the New Hampshire State Police were conducting an investigation into the possible sexual abuse of several children in Franklin, New Hampshire. The investigation led to Lawrence Marks of Tewksbury, Massachusetts whom several witnesses identified as a man seen frequently with one of the minor children. Marks subsequently confessed to taking … Continue reading

Pedestrian Accident Injures Two In Billerica Center

BILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports a driver was cited after a motor vehicle incident that left two teenage girls with non life-threatening injuries after they were struck while walking across the roadway in a crosswalk. Billerica Police and Fire responded to the area of 432 Boston Road at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses reported a dark gray Toyota Camry struck two 15-year-old girls before the driver fled the scene. The victims, who are Billerica High School students, were transported to Lowell General Hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening. Around 5:30 p.m., a woman came to the Billerica … Continue reading

BPD Investigating Bank Robbery

BILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports that the Billerica Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday morning. Officers responded to the Enterprise Bank on Boston Road at 11:28 a.m. for a report of an armed bank robbery. Upon arrival, officers met with employees who described a black male suspect who entered the bank, wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt, a mask covering his face, and gloves. The suspect displayed what appeared to be a handgun, demanded cash from the teller, and fled in an unknown direction of travel with an undetermined amount of cash after spending less … Continue reading

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