The wife of a Millbury, Massachusetts, police officer allegedly faked a robbery of the family’s home and blamed it on members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Oct. 17, Maria Daly, wife of Millbury Police Officer Daniel Daly, reported a burglary at their home, WBZ reports. In the report, she claimed thieves stole jewelry and money, and that her house was tagged with graffiti that read “BLM,” of which she said referenced the Black Lives Matter movement.
Maria posted on social media after filing the police report: “We woke up to not only our house being robbed while we were sleeping, but to see this hatred for no reason.”
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An investigation into the alleged robbery found Maria lied.
“Something wasn’t quite right,” Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorcy said. “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.”
“The wife of Officer Daly, Maria Daly, fabricated the entire story,” he said, according to the Telegram. “There was no break-in in the home. There was no larceny from the home. All property that was alleged to be taken has been recovered.”
The value of the jewelry Maria claimed was stolen totaled $10,000.
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The investigation found that Maria was responsible for the graffiti on the home, too, Desorcy said.
Daniel was not a part of the fabricated robbery.
“At this time, there is absolutely no evidence implicating Officer Daly in this matter,” Desorcy said, referring to the officer as active and dedicated. “He was exonerated. There’s nothing pending against Officer Daly. He was unknown to what was taken place.”
Authorities charged Maria with filing a fake police report and misleading a police investigation.
Desorcy said that Maria may have concocted the story about the break-in because of financial problems, according to the Telegram.
“I have empathy for the family and for the defendant as well,” he said. “I’m very familiar with her and it’s an unfortunate set of circumstances that have taken place.”