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Cars vandalized at Fisher Street MBTA Station

Westborough - A vandalism spree at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station on Fisher Street left about 15 cars with varying degrees of damage.

Westborough Police Officer Stephen Valentine arrived at the lot around 6 p.m. Feb. 15, responding to a call reporting an intoxicated man in the area. As part of his investigation into the incident, Valentine was informed that several cars at the lot had also been damaged.

Damage to the vehicles included shattered windows, dents, scratches, and damage to side mirrors and windshield wipers, and one car even had a door kicked in. In addition, some cars had mud smeared on them. Others had license plates ripped off , and a few had their door locks broken.

Nothing was reported stolen from any of the vehicles.

"We've responded to calls previously at the MBTA station, but in each instance there's also been a theft reported because something inside the vehicle has been taken," Westborough Police Chief Alan Gordon said. "We've never had anything of this nature before. It appears as if whoever is responsible for the vandalism was simply on a rampage."

Gordon said the vandalism could have occurred Feb. 15 anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The chief said rocks appeared to have been used to cause most of the damage to the cars' windows and side mirrors. He said the MBTA station doesn't have any type of electronic surveillance monitoring in the parking lots and no one was working at the site during the time he thinks the vandalism occurred.

There are no witnesses to the vandalism, Gordon said. Jurisdiction of the parking lot, the chief explained, technically belongs to the MBTA Transit Police, but they are rarely there.

"It's a gray area," Gordon said. "It's their jurisdiction, but we patrol it on a regular basis because it's in our town."

The Fisher Street parking lot can accommodate more than 400 cars per day. The cost to park in the lot is $2 a day. The parking lot has two areas – a main area visible from the roadway and a secondary lot on the side that is not visible from Fisher Street.

Police have made no arrests in the case, Gordon said, but he believes there were three individuals in the area during the time the vandalism is alleged to have occurred, including the intoxicated man referred to in the original call.

That man was taken into protective custody Feb. 15. He was allegedly at the lot with two individuals who had been released earlier that day from Spectrum Health Systems Inc., a drug rehabilitation treatment facility located nearby.

Gordon said he thought all three could be suspects.

"The timing's right," the chief said. "… But there's no way of proving it unless we have a witness come forward because they didn't admit to it and there were no fingerprints lifted at the scene from any of the cars that were vandalized."

Gordon said police arrested the intoxicated man the day before the incident, Feb. 14, for three prior warrants for disorderly conduct in Framingham. He was released following his court appearance Feb. 15.

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