A Massachusetts police officer’s wife has been accused of faking a robbery and vandalizing her own home on Oct. 17, according to several reports.
Police told WBZ that Maria Daly reported a burglary at her home in Millbury, Massachusetts, and said $10,000 in jewelry and money had been stolen. The couple’s home was also vandalized, and an acronym for the Black Lives Matter movement, BLM, was spray-painted on the house, according to the Boston Herald.
Investigators later determined Daly had lied to police, and alleged that she committed the crime herself. Daly reportedly admitted she fabricated the story to cops and said all “stolen” item had been recovered, according to the Herald.
“Something wasn’t quite right,” said Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorcy told CBS News. “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.”
“Basically we came to the conclusion that it was all fabricated,” Desorcy added. “There was no intruder, there was no burglary.”
Daly now faces charges of filing a false police report and misleading a police investigation, according to CBS. Desorcy also told CBS that Daly’s husband, Officer Daniel Daly, was not involved in the staged crime and has been exonerated.
• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.
According to WBZ, Daly immediately took to social media to share her falsified account, writing, “We woke up to not only our house being robbed while we were sleeping, but to see this hatred for no reason.”
Neighbors are wondering what led Daly to commit this unusual crime.
“She must have tagged the place herself,” one neighbor told WBZ. “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.”
The Millbury Police Department could not be reached for comment.