Who is this guy?

A. Gregory Richardson?

B. David Williams?

C. Darryl Buchannan?

If you guessed C, you win, but Nashua Police say Buchannan, 50, of 76 Old Meadow Road, Lowell, tried to convince them he was one of those two other guys when he was arrested for theft yesterday.

And then police say they discovered he had been arrested in Nashua back in 1982, and that he used the name David Williams back then.

Buchannan was taken into custody after employees at Babies ‘R’ Us, on Gusabel Avenue, in Nashua, told police he grabbed 119 items off a clothing rack outside the store and put them in the trunk of his car about 5:41 p.m.

The total value of the clothing was calculated to be more than $1,000, according to police, so Buchannan was charged with theft, a class B felony.

He told officers he was Gregory Richardson, according to police.

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Motorcycle happy ending

I wrote about someone stealing a motorcycle from 10-year-old Dylan Thompson last week, and I felt pretty confident stating that the crime was committed by a jerk.

Today the blog got a reminder that not everyone around here is a jerk.

Dylan and his family went camping over the weekend, and Dylan had no motorcycle to take along.

But he did have several text messages from Dave and Denise Pelletier, who texted Dylan’s mom with pictures of the new motorcycle they raised money to buy for him.

“Instead of thinking about who took his bike, he was getting excited about this new one,” Dawn wrote to me this afternoon. “The text that really got him smiling was ‘Dave is putting it together and charging it.’ I think he knew testing it was next!”

And, sure enough, Dylan got to test out his new motorcycle today in Dave and Dee’s yard.

Dawn posted the photo collage that’s above on Facebook today. Continue reading

Who stole Dylan’s motorcycle?

Dylan Thompson is a pretty cool kid.

He’s 10-years-old, he has Neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to grow throughout the body.

Earlier this month he had surgery to help maintain his vision, since the condition can effect both vision and hearing. Dylan is also deaf in one ear.

And yet I’ve never seen a picture of him without a smile. He’s a tough kid.

But some jerk stole Dylan’s motorcycle from outside his family’s house here in Lowell.

Dylan got the bike, pictured above, on June 26, 2010. The owner of TJ Callahans in Tewksbury gave the bike to Dylan during the Racing 4 Research Motorcycle Parade here in Lowell.

That event, organized by Dylan’s mom, Dawn Thompson, raised over $6,400 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization that supports research into Neurofibromatosis. Continue reading

Stealing from the graveyard

Here’s a classy one.

Lowell Police got a 911 call Wednesday afternoon at 3:11 p.m., from a 35-year-old Salisbury woman who told police her 73-year-old father was chasing a man who had just stolen cash from her pocketbook while she and her parents visited a grave in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Police swarmed the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, described as a white male, about 40-years-old, balding, in a gray and blue shirt.

The 35-year-old Salisbury woman told police she was visiting a grave with her 65-year-old mother and 73-year-old father, who are from Methuen, when her mother noticed that a man had opened the door of the family’s van, which was parked about 30 feet away.

The family saw the suspect take cash out of the 35-year-old’s purse and then take off running.

The 73-year-old father chased the suspect, but lost him behind 1100 Gorham Street.

Police tell me they have an idea of who the suspect is. I will be very very happy to bring you his name if he is arrested.

Do you know this thief?

Westford Police are curious whether anyone recognizes the man captured in these surveillance camera pictures during a break-in at the Nabnasset Lake Country Club Pro Shop this morning about 4 a.m.

Police say a cash register was stolen from the pro shop during the break. How much cash was inside remains undetermined.

If you have any information on this break-in, or any idea who the guy in the pictures might be, please call Detective O’Hearn at Westford Police at 978.692.2161. Continue reading

Good advice from Lowell Police

Here is a mental image I first pictured quite a few years ago when I first started covering crime.

A guy, possibly an addict, walks down a street at night, trying the door handle on each car he passes to see if the car is unlocked. If the car is unlocked, he checks to see what is inside.

Think that’s just my imagination?

Lowell Police say there were 258 car breaks in Lowell between the first of the year and May 13. Of those, 132, or 51 percent, involved cars that were left unlocked.

“It is much easier for a suspect to wander the neighborhood undetected looking for unlocked vehicles that they can enter and rummage through looking for valuables,” Capt. Kelly Richardson wrote in a prepared statement. Continue reading

Max Goody – Bolivian law enforcement official

That’s the presumably fake identity someone used on Monday when they scammed an elderly Tewksbury woman out of $5,000.

It’s as pathetic as it is outlandish.

Police Chief Timothy Sheehan twice described the perpetrators as “degenerates.”

The scammer called the woman and claimed to be a law enforcement official in Bolivia, where he said the woman’s grandson had been imprisoned. The woman needed to immediately wire $5,000 via Money Gram International Transfer in order to get her grandson out of prison.

The woman went to Wal-Mart and wired the money. She was told her grandson was safe in Massachusetts. By the time she tried to cancel the wire transfer, the money had already been claimed by “Max Goody,” in Bolivia.

Scams like this — that pray on the love of grandparents — are increasingly common, according to Tewksbury Police, the AARP, and federal agencies like the Federal Trade Commission and the State Department. Follow the links in the names for more information and tips on how to avoid these scams.

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