The FBI Is Investigating a Trespassing Incident at the Quabbin Reservoir

Seven people were walking on the property, which serves as a water supply for millions of residents, after hours.

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State police are keeping a watchful eye on the water supplies around Massachusetts after finding a group of individuals trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

According to police reports, the FBI is investigating seven individuals that were caught at the reservoir in Belchertown, after designated hours allowed for visits, based on their “curious explanation for why they wanted to see the reservoir.”

The reservoir is the source of drinking water for more than 2 million people in Massachusetts, including Boston, and the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation has strict rules about access to the body of water. State regulations require all entry and exit through gates or other designated areas only. Anything that could pollute the water supply system, such as litter or refuse of any sort, is prohibited.

State police said the seven people, five men and two women, were walking from the Quabbin Reservoir toward two vehicles parked nearby on the grass near the “middle entrance.” When questioned by police about there reason for being there, the male individuals claimed to be chemical engineers and recent college graduates who “wanted to see the Quabbin” based on their career interests.

All seven identified subjects were then queried for warrants, and searched in Interpol’s wanted persons database, but there were no warrants or detainers found. The report said responding officers also checked the vehicles, persons, and the park area but did not locate any items out of place “or of a criminal nature.” There was no evidence that the seven were committing any crime beyond the trespassing, according to police. An initial investigation showed that the late-night observers were from Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland, Northampton, and New York City.

Police did not release the names of the seven alleged trespassers, however, they did list their ethnicities. They all will be summonsed to Eastern Hampshire District Court to face trespassing charges, but were not arrested at the scene. “I want to reiterate that there was no evidence of terrorism or any crime committed beyond the trespassing. Further investigation is being undertaken because of the late hour when they were observed, their curious explanation for why they wanted to see the reservoir, and the fact that they were in an area marked no trespassing,” said State Police Spokesman David Procopio in a statement.

Procopio said because of the incident, police are increasing the number of routine checks patrols make at water supply facilities around the state. The FBI’s Springfield Office was also notified, and sent agents to the Belchertown Barracks, to assist in the follow up investigation, according to police.

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  • radvon4realz

    I’ll save other readers the trouble of searching around for this:

    State Police said they are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore with addresses in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland and Northampton, and New York City.

    Not sure why Boston Magazine decided not to include that, but there it is for those who were left wondering as I was after reading the article.

  • http://twitter.com/nancy_pelosi nancy_pelosi

    Easy, don’t want to appear “racist”. Fa la la.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joviantiger Tony Piccirilli

    Even if you kill these guys it does not matter. Their mission was to gather Intel.. in order to carry out an attack against water supplies.. go ahead and ignore another red flag history will decide. FOOLS . I am loosing respect for this govt.

    We need military men specializing in urban warfare to monitor this .. not you weak .. power..money seeking desk jockeys who are too cowardly to do anything substantial.

    Fill up NP radio and CNN with stories of the ass**les at the IRS and Obama admin..

    While foreign nationals. getting education here are conducting sabotage and terrorism RECON..
    on our soil.
    Boston police should be commended and you assholes in the fbi should be fired for letting these guys walk. Go ahead and destroy me for criticizing you.. I expect it.

    Don’t care, either.. Sempier Fi .and goodbye.

    • gary

      FBI will find plenty on their computers and smart phones if they bother to look. FBI has become pc. If they don’t smarten up soon millions may die

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joviantiger Tony Piccirilli

    iT IS CALLED RECON. WTF….. WAKE UP.. ANY MILITARY MEN.. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION? THIS IS KEEPING ME AWAKE AT NIGHT BECAUSE OF THE OBVIOUSNESS OF IT. ASSH***ES… THE 9-11 GUYS HAD NO WARRENTS OR CRIMINAL HISTORY EITHER.. THATS PART OF THE GAME YOU IDIOTS.. THEY WILL NOT SEND GUYS WITH ANY OBVIOUS RED FLAGS.. COME ON ARE YOU ALL REALLY THIS STUPID??????????????????????????????????????????????