FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Investigating Home Invasion
One Suspect, 20, Arrested
BURLINGTON -- Police Chief Michael R. Kent announces that the Burlington Police Department is investigating an armed home invasion that occurred early this morning. One man was arrested.
Police responded at 12:18 a.m. to an address on Church Lane for a reported fight. Arriving officers noticed two men in their 20's holding down a third man. The first two men were identified as residents of the home, and the third man was identified as CONNOR JOHN TUFTS, AGE 20, of HAVERHILL. The first two men, sons of the homeowner, were holding him down and identified him as one of three or four men who broke into their home with baseball bats in an apparent robbery attempt.
TUFTS was charged with Home Invasion (Four counts), Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Three counts), and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on a Person Over 60.
The residents told police that one of the residents was playing video games with a friend, when the men broke into the home and started beating the friend. This rustled the other residents of the home.
During a struggle, TUFTS allegedly pushed the 62-year-old homeowner down a portion of a flight of stairs. The homeowner's two sons jumped on top of TUFTS and held him down until police arrived. The homeowner sustained a knee injury but declined medical attention at the scene.
TUFTS was treated and released from a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The friend was also also treated at a hospital for injuries that are considered serious but non life-threatening.
Police believe that the friend was the target of the attack and that the suspects were trying to rob him.
Police do not believe this was a random act.
TUFTS will be arraigned later today in Woburn District Court. Police are still looking for the other suspects who were seem fleeing the area in a motor vehicle.
Burlington Police Lieutenant Lectures At International Crime Analyst Convention
First of Two Major Conferences this Fall for Lieutenant Glen Mills
BURLINGTON, Mass., and BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Glen Mills is slated to be a featured lecturer at two major crime analysis conventions this fall.
All week, Lieutenant Mills has been in Bellevue, Wash., at the International Association of Crime Analysts’ (IACA) 24th Annual Conference to give two presentations to more than 400 students from around the world on two developing and relatively new types of crime analysis.
His presentations focus on technology trends and law enforcement using the Internet more effectively. He also helps show police departments how they can save potentially thousands of dollars on IT costs by using some of the Internet's free resources.
“Crime analysis helps police departments work more effectively by offering more information, and my presentations show how the Internet is an invaluable tool in this field,” said Lieutenant Mills. “No matter the size of a police department or agency, there are limitations – usually financial in nature – and I am trying to give these officers and investigators other tools, including social media platforms, that they can use to stretch their budget and be able to focus on other things.”
The two presentations are:
“Social Media for Situational Awareness,” which gives an overview on social media and the various ways it can be utilized by analysts, officers, and investigators in intelligence gathering, undercover operations, investigations, public interaction, emergency notifications, and training.
“Free Resources for Law Enforcement Analysts,” focuses on the numerous free tools available for officers on the Internet.
When he is home, Lieutenant Mills is on the department's crime analysis team with Detective James Tigges and Kate Curtis-Bozio.
"The Burlington Police Department and the community as a whole have truly benefited from our department's effective use of crime analysis under Lieutenant Mills," Chief Kent said. "He is a nationally-recognized leader in the field, and his work has allowed us to use the power of information to more effectively solve crimes, reduce traffic crashes, and prevent crime from occurring in the first place."
With this "Data-Driven Approach" the Burlington Police Department used crime analysis during the 2012 and 2013 holiday shopping seasons around the Burlington Mall to reduce shoplifting and design better traffic patterns and reduce accidents.
Using predictive techniques, BPD was also able to predict a time frame and location for the next in what was then a series of housebreaks in 2009 that led to the capture and conviction of a suspect.
The second conference Lieutenant Mills will be presenting at is the 9th Annual Multidisciplinary Training Conference in Ontario, Canada, on October 28-29.
Burlington Police Community Awareness Letter
The Burlington Police Department would like to warn citizens to be aware of two phone scams that have resurfaced in the area. The perpetrators use Internet and social media websites to research for potential targets.
The first is known as the “Grandparent Scam,” in which fraudsters are impersonating as a grandchild in distress and begging for cash. Typically a grandparent receives a phone call or an e-mail from a “grandchild.” If it is a phone call, it’s usually late at night or early in the morning when most people are not thinking clearly. Usually the person claims to be in a foreign country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or mugged and needs money as soon as possible. The caller does not want his parents notified. Sometimes, instead of the “grandchild” making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting officer, a lawyer, or a doctor from a hospital. The anxious grandparent is then instructed to send money via Western Union or Money Gram. Once the transfer is made, the grandparent often receives another call requesting more money. Wiring money is like sending cash. Once the money is gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. Financial losses in these cases can be substantial and usually cost the victim several thousand dollars.
If you receive a call where someone is contacting you for money, you should resist the pressure to act quickly and try to contact the grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. Never wire money based on a request over the phone or in an e-mail.
The second scam is known as the “IRS Scam,” in which a person, including recent immigrants, receives a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The caller tells the victim they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. The caller may know the last four digits of the victim’s social security number and make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling. Often, a second call is made claiming to be the police, and caller ID again supports their claim. If the caller claims to be a Burlington Police Officer, ask for their last name and call 781-272-1212 to verify the authenticity of the call.
The IRS usually contacts people by mail-not by phone-about unpaid taxes and the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with payment questions. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.
The Burlington Police recommend that you never give a caller personal information, including your bank account, credit card, social security or driver’s license number. Western Union transfer forms specifically warn senders not to send money for an unconfirmed emergency related to a grandchild or other family member. Money Gram also has a fraud warning on transfer forms and says it can put holds on transfers that raise red flags. Additionally, limit your personal information, such as vacation plans, on shared and social media sites.
Burlington Police Arrest Suspect After Pursuit
Officer Fires Service Weapon after Suspect Speeds at Him
Monday, August 11, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
BURLINGTON -- Police Chief Michael R. Kent announces that Burlington Police arrested a Maryland man who sped away from police at the Burlington Mall, struck a police cruiser and tried to run down an officer directing traffic before crashing into two other vehicles.
ROBERT D. HAUGHT JR. AGE 42 OF COLLEGE PARK, Md. was arrested after crashing a white minivan on Cambridge Street near Center Street. He has been charged with:
• Armed Assault with Intent to Murder
• Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
• Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident
• Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury
• Marked lanes violations
• Operating to Endanger
Additionally, police saw, in plain view, a stack of credit cards and several high-end boxed electronics in the minivan when HAUGHT was arrested. Police suspect that HAUGHT was involved in a credit card fraud operation. Police are seeking a warrant to search the vehicle, and additional charges may be forthcoming.
A Burlington Police Traffic Unit was on patrol at the Burlington Mall at about 7 p.m. when he came upon the white minivan idling in a handicapped space with no driver inside. The officer ran the plates, which came back to a different vehicle. As the officer approached to investigate, HAUGHT allegedly entered via the passenger side door and sped away. Police gave pursuit. HAUGHT allegedly crashed into a police vehicle before he rounded a corner northbound near Cambridge and Center streets, where a Burlington Police Officer was standing directing traffic.
The officer, fearing for his life, fired two shots from his service weapon as a suspect drove toward him at a high rate of speed.
The suspect was not struck. HAUGHT then allegedly swerved around the officer and struck two civilian vehicles in the southbound lane, coming to a rest near a utility pole. HAUGHT was arrested at the scene. The driver of one of the civilian vehicles, a woman, was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Two children in the car were not injured.
HAUGHT is being held at the Burlington Police Department and will likely be arraigned tomorrow at Woburn District Court.
The officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
The pursuit was monitored at all times by a Burlington Police supervisor at Police Headquarters.
Burlington Police were assisted by the Massachusetts State Police and Woburn Police at the scene. Burlington Fire, Woburn Fire, and Armstrong Ambulance responded to the scene as well.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Two Injured When Car, Burlington Police Cruiser, Collide Wednesday Afternoon
BURLINGTON — Two people, including a Burlington Police Officer, were injured Wednesday when a car and a police cruiser collided.
The Burlington Police Department received a report of a commercial burglar alarm at the Rockland Trust located at 85 Wilmington Road at 4:28 p.m. Wednesday. Officer Robert Aloisi, assigned to BPD Unit #44 (a 2014 Ford Police Interceptor) and was responding to the scene with his lights and siren activated. He was traveling northbound on Cambridge Street (Rt. 3A) when he and another vehicle, a 2011 Subaru Outback, collided at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Nelson Road.
Officer Aloisi and the driver of the Subaru were each able to remove themselves from their vehicles and were transported by the Burlington Fire Department to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center for treatment fro non-life threatening injuries.
The Burlington Police Department requested that the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) respond and conduct an analysis of the collision. The investigation is still on-going at this time by Burlington Police.
The alarm at Rockland Trust was subsequently handled by other officers. The alarm had been accidentally set off by contractors working in the building.
Download PDF: 7/23/14 MVC
Burlington Police Public Service Announcement
A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price. His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates. You are not getting a deal, you are being scammed.
If you agree, here is what likely happens. Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway. 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.
Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer. The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country. Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.
Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions:
Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work. Do not let the solicitors inside your home. Calmly but firmly tell the solicitors you are not interested and tell them to leave your property. If they refuse your instructions call the police.
Educate yourself and your family. Search the internet for “paving scams.”
Ask to see proof of the solicitors’ insurance. Conmen rarely have worker’s compensation insurance and if one of them is injured at your home, the claim could be made against your homeowner’s insurance.
Call the police if they begin “working” without your consent for service.
Be a good neighbor. Paving scams target senior citizens.
Call the police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.
This article is intended as a public service announcement. It is a warning that joins numerous similar warnings that have appeared in newspapers, on television and been sent out by the AARP. Your vigilance will help police in their effort to keep Massachusetts safe and secure. When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is no such thing as extra asphalt.
Download copy here: Paving Scams
Burlington Police Seek Help in Identifying Medallion from 1975 Cold Case:
Burlington Police recently sought assistance from The Poughkeepsie Journal, in Poughkeepsie, NY in order to identify a Medallion found in 1975 Homicide Case. This case has yet to be solved and are seeking any assistance in identifying the medallion.
If you have any information please contact Lt. Glen Mills via phone: 781-272-1212 address: Burlington Police Department Attn: Lt. Glen Mills 45 Center St. Burlington, MA 01803 or Fax: 781-270-1920.
You can view the article online: The Poughkeepsie Journal
You can view the Press Release: Unsolved 1975 Homicide