Hingham PD seeks help with ATM break-in investigation

Hingham detectives are investigating a break into an ATM machine in which cash was stolen.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 a.m., a customer attempted to use the ATM machine in Anchor Plaza on Lincoln Street. The customer inserted his card in the machine and it became jammed. He then noticed a screwdriver on the floor and called police.

Officers found that the service door beside the ATM had been forced open. Inside the service room, wires had been cut and the rear of the machine cut open. An unspecified amount of cash was stolen. 

This ATM is inside a small lobby beside Bruegger’s Bagel. The ATM is visible to Lincoln Street (Route 3A) traffic. The theft occurred sometime overnight.

If you noticed anyone or any vehicles in this area on Nov. 28, contact Det. John Marquardt at 781-741-1443. You can also leave an anonymous tip “Submit-A-Tip” link on the police department’s homepage at hpd.org.

The theft remains under investigation, police said.

Hingham resident falls victim to sweepstakes scam

A 75-year-old Hingham resident fell victim last week to a familiar sweepstakes scam by phone. Although he did not send any money, he did provide sensitive personal information that will likely be used for identity theft.

Hingham Police posted an alert on their website and asked area media and indiduals to spread the word:

The resident told Hingham police that on Dec. 6 he received a phone call from an man who claimed to be from Publishers Clearing House, who told the resident he had won a top prize. In order to process his prize, the caller said, they would need some personal information. The resident was asked for, and provided, his Social Security number, his date of birth, his driver's license number, etc. The resident then asked for a call-back number and the caller gave him an area code 305 number, which is Maryland. 

The resident will now contact the Social Security office, his bank, credit bureaus, and the registry of motor vehicles to report that he is at risk for identity theft.

The Hingham Police Department warns that individuals should never provide personal information, either by phone or email, unless you specifically contacted that agency and have verified with whom you are sharing information. ∞