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Unknown Man Taking Pictures Near Acorn Plaza Child Center

The following information was supplied by the Westford Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following are entries from the Westford Police log for April 2 and 3.

The Westford Police Log is available to the public at the  station on Main Street, with earlier logs available online at www.westfordma.gov

Additional information is available in certain cases from the Westford Police Records Department for a nominal fee, but not in any case involving an arrest.

Any instances where streets are mentioned without addresses shall be placed on the map as occurring on the first address on that street for geographical convenience unless otherwise stated even though the incident may have happened somewhere else on the street.

Monday, April 2

7:14 a.m. – Just a few days after a stop sign at the corner of Cold Spring and Forge Village Road , a motor vehicle crash was reported.

There were no injuries, but a tow truck was required.

The intersection was also the location .

Tuesday, April 3

3:04 p.m. – A motor vehicle crash occurred at the corner of Depot Road and Route 40. No injuries were reported.

Follow Up

March 14, 7:44 a.m. – Westford Police were dispatched following reports of an unknown man taking pictures in the area of the .

The man was taking pictures of an abandoned house next to the plaza. Although nothing was noted in the report about the man taking pictures of any children, the manager of the center cited concern that the individual was taking pictures in the area unannounced and that he could potentially have gotten pictures of children.

According to information provided by the Westford Police Department, the man was wearing a red hooded jacket and dark blue jeans. Following a search, the man could not be located.

March 30, 2:41 p.m. – A sterling monogrammed silverware set was reported stolen from a home on Carlisle Road.

The owner of the silverware believed that the theft might have occurred sometime in the past month, although dinner guests over the previous evening were not involved in the theft, according to the log.

A missing items sheet was filled out with the police, and the case was closed at the request of the owner.

For questions about the log, please e-mail the editor at andrew.sylvia@patch.com

Derek April 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Umm, is it against the law to take pictures near a school or daycare center? I believe if you're in a public space, you can take pictures of anything/anyone you want; and even publish them as long as no one is recognizable in the pictures...unless of course you're near a gov't facility. So the guy takes pictures of an abandoned property....anyone think to check local realtors?.....what are the police supposed to do? "Hey buddy, watcha takin' pictures of, huh? Why?" Are they going to demand he turn over his camera? On what grounds? Can they make him delete any pictures they don't like? Who's decides what he can or can't take pictures of? I'm all for protecting children...there are plenty of pervs out there...but really? Someone was taking pictures near my playground? Better call the police?
Jonathan Damon April 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
You can even take pictures of private property if you are standing on public property. Some states have strange laws but I think you are right that in Mass he didn't do anything wrong. They can take your camera from you with reasonable suspicion of a crime or if they think you have evidence of a crime on your camera, or with a warrant. Other than that I believe you have the right to walk public streets and shoot whatever you want, and publish it. I have to take pictures of groups of children for work and the parents who approach me can be very rude and demanding and claim my id card is a fake. It's understandable with the stories we hear on the news and how overprotective parents can be. Once you explain what you are actually doing, show them some shots, offer to delete the ones of their kid, or offer to email some nice photos to them, they usually become very friendly. (And they often want the shots) He didn't do anything wrong but you can't blame them for being concerned and calling. Civil liberties are important, just don't mess with people's kids, haha. If the police had caught up to him they were probably just going to question him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2eXtCuVyFM
M.K. Dadenka April 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Basically, ditto to all of the above comments. However, it is good photo etiquette to ask permission before photographing somebody's house. (This is not a legal requirement as far as I am aware.) If you have a recognizable image of somebody's face, you are supposed to have them sign a release before publication.
herd July 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Well taken children shouldnt be accepted dont take this the wrong way but if you look back awhile on this ots sad go from back to now an what i see is more an more specialist in what to do an look for an all the while making it more an more how we people or persons haft to accept things They DONT WANT WE PEOPLE TO know they can be stopped lets we the peoplr put a stop to it an this for all children

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