Plumber arrested for attempting to break into ex-girlfriend’s home
ASHBURNHAM — On Wednesday, May 11 at about 11:30 p.m., Officer Les Holgerson and Detective Rob Siano of the Ashburnham Police Department were dispatched to Williams Road for a report of a domestic disturbance.
According to Officer Holgerson’s Personnel Narrative, when he arrived on scene, he found a woman in her mid-forties “crying and shaking.”
The woman told the officers that her 29-year-old ex-boyfriend, Shawn Gallant, a plumber who works at DeWolf Contracting in West Boylston, had arrived at her residence unannounced a few minutes before she called 911. He then fled the scene before police arrived.
“[The woman] stated that she was afraid of Shawn and that he can be violent. Shawn kept asking to speak with her and she told him to leave or she would call the police,” wrote Officer Holgerson in his Personnel Narrative. “Shawn was at the back of the house stating that he wanted to talk. [The woman] continued to tell him to leave. When she called police, Shawn broke the rear window of the home, broke the screen door latch and appeared to be attempting to break into the house by trying to kick the door in. He also broke several birdfeeders in the backyard.”
Police documented the damage with photographs. The woman told police that she had a restraining order against Shawm a few months ago, but it has since been vacated. Officer Holgerson told her to “immediately go” to Winchendon District Court to apply for a new restraining order, which, according to his Personnel Narrative, the woman agreed to do.
Officer Holgerson notified the Templeton Police about Gallant, who has an address there.
“I notified Sgt. Hall of the Templeton Police in an attempt to take Gallant into custody,” wrote Officer Holgerson. “A short time later, I was notified that Gallant was in their custody. Detective Siano picked up Gallant from Templeton Police and transported him to our station for booking. Gallant was booked and secured into cell #3.”
The following charges were filed with Winchendon District Court: Assault on Family/Household Member, Malicious Destruction of Property +$1,200, Attempt to Commit a Crime, and Trespass.
According to Officer Holgerson, the charge of Malicious Destruction of Property was determined from the following: the window he broke was valued at $500, the three birdfeeders he vandalized were valued at $200 and the doors, latches and handles he damaged were valued at $700. The charges of Attempt to Commit a Crime and Trespassing were because he tried to break into the residence.
Gallant was arraigned in Winchendon District Court on May 12.