Westborough man summoned after incident with Verizon employee
On 8/5/13, at approximately 3:27 PM, the Westborough Police Department received a call from a Verizon technician who reported that he was locked in an underground vault located in the grass area at the corner of Research Dr. and Connector Rd. next to the Westboro Self Storage.
Officer Dean Paine responded and found the top of the vault shut with large rocks placed on top to prevent the technician from exiting the vault. Officer Paine removed the rocks and opened the hatch. The technician stated that he was working in the vault when a male subject started yelling down at him. The technician stated the subject removed the ladder from inside the vault and then barricaded the cover.
Officer Paine located the suspect at the Westboro Self Storage facility. He was identified as Howard W. Cook, age 71 of 12 Chestnut St. Westborough. He admitted to locking the technician in the vault because he was upset that the technician had parked on his grass.
At 7:03 PM, the Verizon technician called the Police Station asking for assistance at the previous location in an attempt to locate his personal keys which had been taken from his Verizon vehicle. A call was placed to Howard Cook at his residence. He admitted to having the keys but refused to return them to the Verizon employee. Officer Greg McRae responded to Chestnut St. and retrieved the keys from Cook's vehicle.
Cook will be summoned to the Westborough District Court on the following charges:
B&E motor vehicle daytime
Receiving stolen property
Larceny under $250
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