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Chief Peter MacDonnell
30 Mount Vernon St. Winchester MA 01890
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Emergency:
(781)729-1212 / 911
Business:
(781)729-1214
Posted By Winchester Police on March 17th, 2020

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Winchester Police Department is asking for assistance from residents.  While we are open every day, 24/7,we will be limiting access to our building to the general public.  If you require records, email Jennifer Rolli in our records department at jrolli@winchesterpd.org and after preparing your request, the records will be left at our […]

 

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Winchester Police Department Services and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted By Winchester Police on March 17th, 2020

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Winchester Police Department is asking for assistance from residents.  While we are open every day, 24/7,we will be limiting access to our building to the general public.  If you require records, email Jennifer Rolli in our records department at jrolli@winchesterpd.org and after preparing your request, the records will be left at our front desk or can be emailed to you.

If you require assistance during an emergency, dial 911 and the Winchester Police Department will respond accordingly as usual.  

 

 

Tax Season and Fraud

Posted By Winchester Police on February 27th, 2020

With tax season upon us, The Winchester Police Department would like to remind residents to be extra vigilant when it comes to identity theft and fraud. Remember, The IRS, FBI, Social Security Administration,  sheriff’s departments, local police departments or any other government agency will NEVER ask you to pay fines or taxes with Home Depot or iTunes or ANY other gift card.  Nor will they ask you to purchase MoneyGrams or by wire funds via Western Union.

Most banks and corporations will not call you and ask you to provide them with your Social Security number, though some institutions may ask you to confirm only the last 4 digits of it.  Your bank will not call you and request you to give them your account information.  If it really is your bank calling you, they will already have that  information.   If you receive such a call from any company or government agency, ask the caller for a reference number and then call them back with a phone number you locate on your own and can confirm is legitimate.  Don’t use the number the caller provided you unless you have independently confirmed it is a legitimate number.

Most  government agencies and private businesses have websites that will provide legitimate ways of contacting them.    Legitimate institutions are aware that this type of fraud exists.  If they are trying to reach you, they will understand if you tell them you will call back after doing your due diligence.

Most importantly, if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t!  Go with your instinct!  Below, find a link to some resources to assist you in protecting yourself and helping you if you do become a victim.

Internet Fraud

Identity Theft

 

 

 

Snow Emergency – Thursday February 9, 2017

Posted By Winchester Police on February 8th, 2017

WINCHESTER — Chief Peter MacDonnell reports that the Town of Winchester has issued a snow emergency for the town starting tomorrow.

The snow emergency will be in effect from Thursday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. through 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

The snow emergency declaration includes the following rules and regulations:

• All residents are advised not to travel during these hours if at all possible.
• All parked vehicles are to be removed from the public roads and onto private property to allow for snow removal.
• Any vehicle unable to park on private property can park at the Town Hall/Jenks Center parking lot (109 Skillings Road) or the Aberjona Drive parking lot (off of Waterfield Road and near Winchester Center train station) for the duration of the storm.
• Any vehicle not removed from the roadway will be subject to ticket, tow, or both.
“As the ice turns to slush before the impending storm tomorrow, please clear sidewalks and driveways to avoid a slick buildup,” Chief MacDonnell said. “Be aware of steep drops in temperature tonight and tomorrow morning, and limit your driving.”

Chief MacDonnell and the Winchester Police Department offer the following safety tips for residents during and after the snow falls:

• When shoveling snow or walking outside for more than a few minutes, dress appropriately, with exposed skin covered, and wear a hat and gloves.
• Ensure that your home or business sidewalks are properly shoveled, and place salt or ice melt to prevent people from falling.
• Help out the Winchester Fire Department by shoveling out your nearest fire hydrant.
• ALWAYS clear the tailpipe of a vehicle that is buried in snow BEFORE you start or warm up the vehicle. Failure to do so can be fatal for those inside the vehicle.
• Keep stocks of batteries on hand for radios and flashlights in case of a power outage.
• Never use your oven as a heat source
• Do not use space heaters while sleeping
• Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from bedding or combustible materials.
For emergencies, dial 911 or contact the Winchester Police Department at 781-729-1212.

For snow removal issues please contact the Winchester Department of Public Works at 781-721-7100.

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Charges Coming Against Boston Sex Assault Suspect for Incident in Town

Posted By Winchester Police on September 22nd, 2015

Investigation into Assault, Attempted Abduction of 10-Year-Old Girl Leads Police to Suspect

Winchester – Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli reports that the Winchester Police Department, investigating an attack on a 10-year-old girl, will seek charges against the same sexual assault suspect arrested last week by the Boston Police Department.

The Department is expected to shortly announce charges against a 36-year-old Westwood man who was arrested in Boston on Sunday for an attack in the Fenway neighborhood. Police allege that the suspect attacked and tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl on Saturday, one day before he was taken into custody.

On Saturday, Sept.19, 2015 at approximately 4:20 p.m., Winchester Police responded to Skillings Field by the walk through tunnel for a report of an assault on a child. Upon arrival, the child reported that she was approached by a white male with scruffy facial hair.

The suspect allegedly asked the girl if she knew what time it was and she said she did not know. The suspect then walked away through the tunnel toward Spruce Street, but reappeared a short time later while the girl was walking through the tunnel and placed his hand over her mouth and picked her up off of the ground. The girl kicked and tried to yell and she was eventually able to get away from the man. She ran out onto the field and approached a group of adults and told them about the incident, who then called police and the girl’s parents.

Police conducted a thorough search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

An investigation was launched, and footage was taken from multiple surveillance cameras. The investigation quickly pointed to the suspect.

This appears to be an isolated incident, and no other types of incidents like have been reported in the region.

“This is a very disturbing case in which a man allegedly attacked a young girl,” Chief Albertelli said. “Our detectives worked aggressively and diligently to put together a case, and I am grateful that this appears to be an isolated incident. I also want to recognize the victim in this case. Despite a terrible trauma and attempted abduction, this young girl had the presence of mind to fight off her attacker and immediately report what had happened to a group of adults. She is very brave.”

More information will be released when it becomes available. Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the Winchester Police Department at 781-729-1212.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Winter Parking Ban is in effect.

Posted By Winchester Police on December 2nd, 2014

The Winter Parking Ban is an effect.  Vehicles parked on the street between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM are subject to fines.  Any vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency may be fined and towed.

Wanted by Winchester Police Department & Massachusetts State Police : Matthew McAveeney

Posted By Winchester Police on October 16th, 2014

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2014/wanted-by-winchester-police-department-massachusetts-state-police-matthew-mcaveeney

Wanted by Winchester Police Department & Massachusetts State Police, for Armed Assault with Intent to Murder

Matthew McAveeney
Age 46
5’08 250lbs

Do not approach or try to apprehend. Subject is wanted for a violent crime.

Any information on his whereabouts please call Winchester Police at 781-729-1212
(Lieutenant Detective Dan O’Connell) or Mass State Police at 978-538-6020 (Trooper Anthony DeLucia).

Matthew McAveeney

Matthew McAveeney

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Woburn and Winchester Police Seek “Polite” Burglar Who Broke into Multiple Homes Late at Night

Posted By Winchester Police on October 7th, 2014

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2014/woburn-and-winchester-police-seek-polite-burglar-who-broke-into-multiple-homes-late-at-night

Joint Press Release

WOBURN and WINCHESTER — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a young man who allegedly broke into homes in both communities over the past few weeks.

After conferring with homeowners in both communities who engaged the suspect, Woburn and Winchester police are confident that the same suspect allegedly broke into the homes in the Horn Pond Area with the intent to commit burglary. Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr. and Winchester Police Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli are asking anyone who may recognize this individual to come forward.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic or light-skinned African American male, approximately 6′ tall, in his early 20s with black marks or possible acne scars on his face. In some instances, he was seen wearing a dirty, light-gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

The behavior is the same each time. The suspect breaks into homes in the early morning hours via windows in the first floor or basement. Sometimes the homes are occupied, and police believe he may also have broken into unoccupied homes. He works alone, and when confronted by residents, he is described as very polite and apologetic as he runs away.

However, police believe he may escalate his behavior and potentially harm people. He should be considered dangerous.

“Outward behavior should not lull residents into a false sense of security. This is a dangerous felon who breaks into people’s homes, often while they are asleep inside,” Chief Ferullo said. “If anyone recognizes this individual or has knowledge of his crimes, please call the police department.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Woburn Police at 781-933-1212 or Winchester Police at 781-729-1212. All calls may be kept anonymous.

"Polite Burglar

“Polite Burglar

Press Release Contact:
John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Level 3 Sex Offender Community Notification – THOMAS ALAN GERMANO

Posted By Winchester Police on September 6th, 2014

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2014/level-3-sex-offender-community-notification-thomas-alan-germano
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, §§ 178C-178Q,
the individual who appears on this
notification has been designated as a
Level 3 Sex Offender by the Sex Offender
Registry Board. The Board has determined
that this individual is at a high risk
to reoffend and that the degree of dangerousness
posed to the public is such that a substantial public
safety interest is served by active community
notification.

Clarence Thomas Alan Germano works for
a company based in Winchester.
He is NOT a resident of Winchester

THIS INDIVIDUAL IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE

Thomas Alan Germano

Thomas Alan Germano

Level 3 Sex Offender

Name:  THOMAS ALAN GERMANO 
Date of Birth: 07/27/1961

Home Address(es):
1 PRINCETON ROAD,
WOBURN, MA 01801

Sex: MALE Race: WHITE
Height: 5’07” Weight: 265 lbs
Eye Color: BLUE Hair Color: BLOND OR
STRAWBERRY

Conviction Date(s)/Offenses Committed:
02/14/2014, INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE
02/14/2014, INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE

**********WARNING**********
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE
USED TO COMMIT A CRIME OR TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL
DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT OF AN OFFENDER. ANY
PERSON WHO USES INFOMRATION DISCLOSED
PURSUANT TO M.G.L. C. 6, §§ 178C - 178Q FOR SUCH
PURPOSES SHALL BE PUNISHED BY NOT MORE THAN TWO
AND ONE HALF (2 ½) YEARS IN A HOUSE OF CORRECTION
OR BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS ($1,000.00) OR BOTH (M.G.L. C. 6, § 178N).
IN ADDITION, ANY PERSON WHO USES REGISTRY INFORMATION
TO THEREATEN TO COMMIT A CRIME MAY BE PUNISHED BY A
FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
($100.00) OR BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN
SIX (6) MONTHS (M.G.L. C. 275, § 4).

SCAM ALERT! IRS Scam Using Phone Call Spoofing of Police Telephone Numbers.

Posted By Winchester Police on July 29th, 2014

On 07/29/2014 a resident reported receiving a phone call by 202-506-9775 at approx. 10AM stating they were from the IRS and that there were warrants out for his arrest unless he paid a fee.  The resident wanted confirmation that this was a legitimate phone call, but the person speaking (“Damon Marshall”) hung-up.  At approx. 11:03 AM, the resident  got another call from 781-729-1214 (Winchester Police Department’s actual number).  The individual on the phone stated he was with Winchester Police and that there were warrants for his arrest and told him to call 800-829-7650.  The resident ended the call and redialed 781-729-1214 to see if the number was actually the Winchester Police Department.  The resident confirmed it was the WPD but did not ask any further questions only confirmed number.  The resident called that 800 number and “Damon Marshall” who answered, told him to get $5000 on prepaid cards and call back with the serial numbers.  The resident went to CVS, got 10 MoneyPak prepaid cards with $500 each on them (total $5000), called the number back, and gave each of the serial numbers on the back to “Damon Marshall”.

The Winchester Police Department is warning residents of this scam.  The Winchester Police Department will not contact residents on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.  If there were an actual warrant for your arrest, The Winchester Police Department WOULD NOT contact you by phone and would absolutely not request money to resolve the issue.  If you are contacted by any person or organization demanding payments and it seems suspicious, please contact Winchester Police.

Mountain Lion Update

Posted By Winchester Police on March 20th, 2014

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2014/mountain-lion-update

Since the reported mountain lion sighting in February, The Winchester Police Department received a report of another sighting approximately 10 days later.  A photograph of a second paw print (below) located at this sighting was sent to several independent mountain lion organizations in the United States.  Experts from those organizations have conclusively stated that the paw print belongs to a mountain lion.  The Winchester Police Department is reminding residents to be mindful that a mountain lion may still be in town. For more information, see our previous post at http://www.winchesterpd.org/?p=1311.

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Mountain Lion Track Found in Winchester