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Police: Naked man tried to abscond with boats

TYNGSBOROUGH, Massachusetts – A 45-year-old man, who officers declined to identify, faces numerous charges after he allegedly tried to steals boats while naked.

According to police, at 12:33 p.m. Tuesday, police were dispatched to shore of the Merrimack River near 141 Middlesex Road after a bystander observed a nude man behaving suspiciously in the area of docked boats. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect fully nude and attempting to untie a boat from its moorings. A second boat had already been untied when officers arrived. When officers approached him, he jumped into the river and swam to a distance where officers could not reach him.

Out of concern for safety, officers requested the assistance of the Tyngsborough Fire Department, which responded to the scene and deployed a boat into the river and subsequently retrieved him downstream. Once he returned to shore, the man was transported to Lowell General Hospital for observation.

“I’m glad that our officers were able to intervene before this suspect was able to successfully leave the scene with a stolen boat,” Police Chief Richard Howe said. “I’m also grateful that nobody was injured as a result of this incident, and for the professional and quick response of the Tyngsborough Fire Department in safely rescuing him from the water.”

The unidentified man faces charges of malicious destruction of property, furnishing false ID to law enforcement and larceny.