• Westboro man accused of locking Verizon tech in vault


    WESTBORO, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 71-year-old business owner from Westboro is accused of locking a Verizon technician inside an underground vault Monday.

    Howard Cook, owner of Westboro Self Storage, is expected to be summoned to Westborough District Court on charges of kidnapping, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the daytime, receiving stolen property and larceny under $250.

    Cook is accused of shutting 45-year-old Michael Hathaway inside a vault and placing two heavy rocks on the door to prevent him from leaving after Hathaway parked on the grass near Cook's business. Hathaway called 911 from his cell phone to report he was trapped after "some guy" had screamed at and closed the door on him.

    A police officer arrived to the scene, removed the rocks, and opened the door for the 45-year-old technician. Hathaway then gave police a description of the man who locked him inside. They later visited Cook's storage facility, where he reportedly admitted to locking Hathaway inside.

    Police said Verizon has the right to park on the grass to access the vault. They say the vault services a nearby industrial park.

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