Police in several communities warn women to be on the lookout for a man vandalizing vehicles and then offer to help the women who get stuck – unaware that the man offering the help actually caused the damage.
Incidents were reported in Franklin, Holliston, Milford, Medway and Bellingham.
Milford Deputy Police Chief John Sanchioni told Boston 25 on Saturday night that they had issued a warrant for the arrest of Alexander Yee of Winchendon for an incident in their town. Sanchioni says Yee intentionally vandalized a woman’s car at Target in Milford last Saturday when he allegedly poured juice into her gas tank. Sanchioni says Yee refused to surrender. Milford police say Yee is in his 30s and drives a blue Chevy Impala with MA plates.
“He targeted young women by flattening their tires, filling their petrol tanks with water and then offering to drive them home. If your vehicle has a flat tire, DO NOT attempt to start it. according to the Milford Department Facebook post.
Other communities have also sounded the alarm, including Holliston.
“Over the past week, there have been local reports of an individual attempting to disable cars driven by young women. In these situations, the individual may leave air from a tire or add a contaminant to the gas tank and then approach the woman to offer assistance in the form of a battery, air compressor or ride,” according to a Holliston police report.
“As in all situations, be aware that those offering help may in fact have been involved in orchestrating the situation. If your car breaks down, wait in a safe place for a friend, family member or AAA to respond,” Holliston police said.
Franklin police say the man wanted in the incidents was spotted in their town on Friday.
“If your vehicle is tampered with or breaks down shortly after starting, call us,” Franklin Police said in a Facebook post.
Bellingham town officers have also issued a warning about the man.
“It is suspected that he tampered with a vehicle in the Charles River Center and then approached the owner when she discovered her vehicle had broken down,” Bellingham Police said in their Facebook post. “Please be alert and notify us immediately if you observe any suspicious activity. As a precaution, try to park in well-lit areas and avoid walking to your vehicle alone whenever possible.
Medway Police are also involved in this investigation.
Anyone with concerns is encouraged to call their local police department if they believe their vehicle has been tampered with.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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