November 3, 2016 (Fault Lines) — On October 17, 2016, Maria Daly reported she had been robbed. She told police that intruders broke into her Millbury, Massachusetts, home in the middle of the night and stole $10,000 in jewelry and cash while she and her husband were asleep.
Daly reported another chilling discovery: the culprits had spray-painted “BLM”- a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement- on the paneling on the back of the house.
Just after she filed the police report, Daly took to Facebook. “We woke up to not only our house being robbed while we were sleeping, but to see this hatred for no reason.”
According to 2010 census reports, the town of Millbury is 94 percent white and a little more than 1 percent African American.
Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorcy was suspicious of Maria Daly’s account of the robbery from the start. For one thing, Daly’s husband, Daniel Daly, was a police officer, who also happened to house a K-9 unit. Who would target a home that housed a cop and his police dogs to steal some jewelry?
On Saturday, Desorcy’s suspicions were confirmed. Investigators discovered that Maria Daly had fabricated the entire robbery- including the “BLM” graffiti — and had elicited a full confession out of Maria Daly. “Something wasn’t quite right,” said Desorcy.
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. There was no intruder, there was no burglary.
“She must have tagged the place herself,” a neighbor said to CBS. “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.”
Daly, police say, fabricated the robbery because of financial issues, and then spray-painted the “BLM” graffiti on her house in an attempt to divert suspicion elsewhere. Maria Daly faces charges of filing a false police report and misleading a police investigation. The police department said that Daly’s husband, Officer Daniel Daly, was not involved in his wife’s scheme and has been cleared of wrongdoing.
This isn’t the first time that someone has tried to scapegoat Black Lives Matter activists for property crimes.
In the fall of 2015, a Whitney, Tex., man reported that someone had spray painted “Black Lives Matter” across his pickup truck because he had displayed the slogan “Police Lives Matter” in the window. He also alleged that the truck had been vandalized, with the seats slashed and the glove box ripped off. Police later determined that he had fabricated the entire story, and was solely responsible for the damage to his truck.
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