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Police warn residents about IRS scam

On June 2, 2017, Wayland Police received a report from a local woman that she had been scammed out of more than $10,000.  An investigation revealed that the woman had received a phone call from a man on May 27th who purported to be an I.R.S agent.  The man stated that he was with the Tax and Audit Division of the Washington D.C. I.R.S. Building. He gave the woman a phony badge/I.D. number and name.

The woman was threatened with a possible arrest if she did not make payment.  Concerned that she may be in legal trouble with the I.R.S., the woman sent Target gift cards in the amount of $11,400 to the man over two days.  Once she realized that she had been scammed, a report was made to the police, however, by this time the gift cards had already been redeemed.

Police remind residents that the I.R.S. will never:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

Anyone who is unsure if they are possibly being targeted for a potential scam can contact the Wayland Police Department for advice and assistance.

Submitted by the Wayland Police Department


Police report arrest for break-in

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Wayland Police Department responded to Wayland Automotive, located at 322 Commonwealth Road for a reported Commercial Break & Entering.

Upon arrival, patrol officers noticed that a trailer had been broken into and determined that items had been stolen.

Detective Seanna Lombardo arrived and began an investigation. During her investigation, video surveillance images were obtained and a suspect was identified as, Anthony Davidson, 32 years old of 764 Plymouth Street, Holbrook, Ma.

Subsequently, Detective Lombardo was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Davidson that charges him with, one (1) count Break & Entering in the nighttime, four (4) counts of Larceny over $250 and one (1) count of Malicious Destruction of property over $250.

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Detectives from the Braintree Police Department were able to locate and arrest Anthony Davidson on warrants from the Walpole, Boston and Wayland Police Departments.

The working collaboration between the Wayland, Braintree, Walpole, Weston, Boston and Framingham Police Departments continues to keep our communities safe.

Keeping Seniors Safe with the Wayland Police

Photo Left to Right: Officer Chris Custodie, Detective Chris Cohen, Officer Lynnet Sloan, Selectwoman Mary Antes, Chief Robert Irving, District Attorney Marian Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Lea Anderson, Georgia Christakis and Lieutenant Pat Swanick

On Saturday May 20th a breakfast sponsored by the Wayland Police Association for Wayland seniors was held at the Wayland High School Cafeteria.  Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan was the guest speaker and gave a presentation on Keeping Seniors Safe and Financial Exploitation.  Georgia Christakis an Assistant Bank Manager at the Middlesex Bank spoke about Safe Banking Practices.  About 30 Wayland seniors attended.


Naked Driver Hits Cruisers, Lands In Wooded Area, Runs: Wayland Police

Wayland Patch 5/24/17: Naked Driver Hits Cruisers, Lands In Wooded Area, Runs: Wayland Police. A New Hampshire man is facing charges after allegedly leading police on a chase as he drove naked and erratic through Wayland into Lincoln on Tuesday.

Wayland Town Crier 5/24/17: Wayland police bust naked man after two-town chase. After crashing his car into two Wayland Police cruisers on Tuesday and leading them on a chase through two towns and several backyards, a New Hampshire man stripped naked and jumped on a trampoline in Lincoln.

DA: Ex-Wayland DPW Foreman Accused of Eight Years of Child-Sex Abuse

Wayland Patch 5/18/17: Framingham Man Not Guilty of Child Rape, Molestation Charges. Donald Gladu wiped away tears of relief after a Middlesex Superior Court jury on Thursday found him not guilty of raping and molesting a young girl over a period of eight years.

Wayland Patch 5/17/17: Victim ‘Lied’ About Child Rape Accusations, Defense Attorney Says. Accusing the alleged victim of being “angry and hurt” after learning a family secret, the attorney representing Donald Gladu told a Middlesex Superior Court jury on Wednesday that the alleged victim lashed out with false accusations that the now 61-year-old Framingham man raped and molested her as a child.

Wayland Patch 5/11/17: DA: Ex-Wayland DPW Foreman Accused of Eight Years of Child-Sex Abuse. From the time the alleged victim was age 5 until she was 12, the alleged sexual assaults by Donald Gladu were so frequent that each time he demanded sex, she became “like a robot,” prosecutor Rachel Perlman told a jury on Thursday.

Wayland Patch 5/10/17: Ex-Wayland DPW Foreman’s Child-Rape Trial Begins Thursday. A former longtime Wayland Department of Public Works foreman is scheduled to go on trial on Thursday charged with repeatedly raping a child starting when the girl was just 5-years-old.

Wayland Police and Domestic Violence Services Network offer Resist self-defense course

The Wayland Police Department in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) had offered a “RESIST” self-defense class for adults. The class had filled up in less than 24 hours!!
The goal of the course is to learn how to escape from an attacker by using instinct-based skills/moves.
Last evening, those in the course participated in simulation exercises where they were “attacked”, and using the learned moves escaped from their attackers.
This part of the course is extremely intense and empowering for those in the class.

One Wayland business fails tobacco compliance check

On Thursday March 23, the Wayland Police Department conducted tobacco compliance checks of local businesses that sell tobacco products. An underage youth was sent into the establishments with instructions to attempt to purchase tobacco without showing any identification.

One, of the thirteen establishments checked, sold a tobacco product to the underage youth. Wayland Mobil, 315 Commonwealth Road, will be referred to the Wayland Board of Health for enforcement action.

The Wayland Police Department regularly conducts compliance checks at local businesses in an effort to reduce the underage consumption of alcohol or tobacco products.