Mt. Vernon Register-News

Community News Network

August 2, 2013

Burglary suspect misled police with phony story, fake sketch

GEORGETOWN, Mass. — Roy McClung, 24, appeared to be the attentive and helpful neighbor anyone would want living next door.

After his Georgetown, Mass., neighbor's home was broken into and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics stolen last month, McClung replaced the bedroom window smashed by the thief to get into the house.

McClung had even called police earlier in the day to report a suspicious man in his backyard, between his barn and the victim's house.

The next day, McClung spent two hours at the Georgetown Police Station working with a sketch artist to come up with an image of the supposed thief — a white male with a goatee, wearing a rope chain and Bruins cap and carrying a black backpack and duffel bag, according to police reports.

McClung's story turned out to be as phony as the sketch, police said.

About six weeks after the break-in, detectives learned that McClung had sold a Bose Stereo and some jewelry at a local pawn shop. Police confirmed the stereo was one of the items stolen from McClung's neighbor by obtaining the serial number from the manufacturer, according to police reports.

McClung was charged Wednesday with receiving stolen property worth more than $250.

Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said police wasted valuable time and resources drawing the fake sketch and then looking for a suspect to match it.

"This is one of the most astounding fact patterns I've ever seen," DePaulo said of the case. "He boards up the victim's windows and wastes the time of a sketch artist to come up with a completely fictitious composite."

Shawn Regan is a reporter for The Eagle Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • cleaning supplies Don't judge mothers with messy homes

    I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter's friends, approached me and said, "I just saw in your house. It's pretty dirty. Norah's mommy needs to clean more."

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona's prolonged lethal injection is fourth in U.S. this year

    Arizona's execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood marked the fourth time this year that a state failed to dispatch a convict efficiently, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal group.3

    July 24, 2014

  • Facebook continues moneymaking trend

    Facebook seems to have figured out - for now at least - the holy grail for all media right now: how to make money selling mobile ads.

    July 24, 2014

  • 072214 Diamond Llama 1.jpg Llama on the loose corralled in Missouri town

    A llama on the lam cruised Main Street Tuesday before it mistook a resident’s fenced backyard for a place to grab a meal and freshen up.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 2.00.42 PM.png VIDEO: Train collides with semi truck carrying lighter fluid

    A truck driver from Washington is fortunate to be alive after driving his semi onto a set of tracks near Somerset, Ky., and being struck by a locomotive, which ignited his load of charcoal lighter fluid.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • mama.jpg What we get wrong about millennials living at home

    If the media is to be believed, America is facing a major crisis. "Kids," some age 25, 26, or even 30 years old, are living out of their childhood bedrooms and basements at alarmingly high numbers. The hand-wringing overlooks one problem: It's all overblown.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 18, 2014

  • The terrible history of passenger planes getting shot out of the sky

    What is more clear is that, if initial reports are true, this would be the deadliest incident of a civilian passenger plane being shot down in modern memory. In some instances, the causes of the disaster are still shrouded in mystery. Here are some of the worst events.

    July 17, 2014

  • 130408_NT_BEA_good kids We're raising a generation of timid kids

    A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 2.12.33 PM.png Gunshots narrowly miss TV reporter

    A reporter for a West Virginia television station narrowly escaped injury or worse Monday while covering a fatal weekend shooting in Beckley.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks