On October 17, the wife of a Millbury, Massachusetts police officer allegedly faked a robbery and vandalism of her own home. Maria Daly reported that $10,000 worth of jewelry and money had been taken, and that her home had been "tagged" with graffiti by the Black Lives Matter movement. The acronym for the movement, "BLM", had been spray-painted on the side of the couple's home.
But Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorcy and his team of investigators say that everything she said was, in fact, fabricated. Desorcy stated, "Something wasn't quite right. I think that was pretty obvious, and as a result of that investigation, officers did their due diligence and followed through with the investigation that we had."
Just after the burglary, Maria Daly had posted on social media that she had woken up to find she had been robbed while sleeping, and a target of "hatred for no reason".
Her husband, Donald Daly, was determined to not have been involved, but his wife is being charged with filing a false police report and misleading a police investigation.
Not Fooling Anyone
Neighbors are baffled as to why anyone would do this. One man who spoke to a CBS News reporter 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." I would have to agree, even if you are not a cop's wife. Shouldn't we all know better? Smh.
The town of Millbury is 94% white, and a little over one percent African American, according to 2010 census records. It is in relatively close proximity to both Boston and Baltimore, which have each seen their share of tumult involving police shootings and the #BLM movement.