MILLBURY, Mass.-- The wife of a Millbury, Massachusetts police officer is accused of faking a robbery and vandalizing the couple’s own home, CBS Boston reports.
Police say on October 17 Maria Daly reported a burglary at the family home, saying jewelry and money had been stolen. She also reportedly said her house was tagged with graffiti that appeared to reference the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorcy, investigators have determined the entire account was false.
“Something wasn’t quite right,” said Desorcy. “I think that was pretty obvious and as a result of that investigation, the officers did their due diligence and followed through with the investigation that we had.”
“Basically we came to the conclusion that it was all fabricated,” said Desorcy. “There was no intruder, there was no burglary.”
Just after she filed the police report, Daly took to social media saying, “We woke up to not only our house being robbed while we were sleeping, but to see this hatred for no reason.”
The chief says Daly’s husband, Officer Daniel Daly, was not involved in the deception and has been exonerated.
It’s a story generating a lot of reaction in town.
“She must have tagged the place herself,” one neighbor said. “I don’t know why you’d do that, if you’re gonna stage a robbery, I mean really come on, you’re a cop’s wife. You should know better.”
Maria Daly faces charges of filing a false police report and misleading a police investigation.
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