ASHBURNHAM – On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11:11 p.m., Sergeant Wade Wright and Officer Scott Cormier of the Ashburnham Police Department were dispatched to 91 South Main Street following a report of an unwanted guest actively trying to break into the residence.
“Upon my arrival I parked my cruiser on the street near the entrance to the driveway. As I approached the residence I could see a male and female standing outside in the driveway talking,” wrote Sgt. Wright in his Narrative for the incident. “I was met by the male, who is known to me from previous police encounters as Ray Bourgeois. Ray is the owner of the 91 South Main Street home and confirmed that this was still his home. I recognized the woman standing with him as Lindsey Nevins from previous police encounters.”
Bourgeois, 38, informed Sgt. Wright that the 911 caller was a woman inside the residence. Sgt. Wright went in to get her side of the story.
“Inside the home I was met by Tiffany Defeo in conversation with her I learned the following: That she was the person who called 911. That Lindsey was the person that had been trying to break into the home,” wrote Sgt. Wright in his Narrative.
Defeo told Sgt. Wright that she had been moving into the house that day. As proof, she pointed out a U-Haul truck outside the residence she said contained her personal items. Defeo added that she was not dating Bourgeois, but was in the process of signing a lease with him so she could live on the first floor while he lived in the basement.
Defeo said that out of the blue, Nevins, 39, began pounding on the door and threatening her, before attempting to break into the house in order to attack her. According to the Ashburnham Police Department’s Arrest Report, Nevins is a divorced custodial worker who resides in Ashburnham.
At one point, Defeo said that Nevins picked up a shovel outside the door and began striking the outside of the house. She told Sgt. Wright that she caught the entire incident on camera.
According to Sgt. Wright, Bourgeois then came to the door and asked if he could come inside. Sgt. Wright said he “had him enter and explain what was going on tonight.”
Contrary to what Defeo told Sgt. Wright, Bourgeois said that he has been dating Defeo for the last two months. He then said that Nevins used to live with him, but she left about five months ago.
Bourgeois said that he didn’t invite Nevins to his residence that day and that none of her property remained in his home, aside from a table that was outside on the front lawn. Bourgeois said he just wanted Nevins to leave and never come back.
Defeo then asked Sgt. Wright if she could show him what she had captured of the incident with her cell phone camera.
“I could see Lindsey standing outside of the home banging her hand on the door and telling Ray to open the door. She made several comments to what appeared to be Tiffany to step outside. I saw that she picked up a yellow-colored snow shovel and used it to strike the outside of the house,” Sgt. Wright said of the video. “At one point it appeared that Ray cracked open the door to speak with Lindsey. I saw that she forced her way into the house by pushing on the door to open it more. She then tried to push her way passed Ray in what appeared to be an attempt to get Tiffany. It appeared that Ray held onto her to get her out of the house. The video stopped at around that time.”
According to Sgt. Wright, when he asked Bourgeois if he wanted to have Nevins arrested, Bourgeois simply shrugged his shoulders and didn’t respond.
“I explained that he could also apply for a restraining order, to which he replied that he has tried in the past and the court will not give him one,” wrote Sgt. Wright in his Narrative. “Tiffany stated that she did not feel safe staying at the home if he was not going to do anything. [Bourgeois then] stated that he would like to have [Nevins] charged and trespassed.”
Sgt. Wright went outside and informed Nevins that she was under arrest for breaking and entering in the nighttime. Nevins was then transported to the Ashburnham Police Department for booking.
Nevins’ bail was set at $290.
She was arraigned in Winchendon District Court on Jan. 19.
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