At 12:30 a.m. a trooper observed two vehicles parked on the grass at the Quabbin Reservoir “middle entrance.” He approached the area to investigate and saw seven individuals including 5 males and 2 females walking from the reservoir toward the vehicles.
While the trooper called for backup he determined the people were trespassing and in violation of the posted no trespassing law.
When he questioned them, the men told him they were chemical engineers. They also said they were recent college graduates. When he asked them why they were there they said they wanted to see the Quabbin citing their education and career interests.
State police then queried the 5 men and 2 women for WMS warrants, NCIC III and Interpol Wanted Persons. No warrants, detainers or advisories on any of the individuals were found though.
Officers on scene checked the vehicles, the group of people, and the park area and did not locate any items out of place or of a criminal nature.
That’s when authorities determined there was no evidence that the 7 people were committing any crime beyond the trespassing.
The individuals live in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland, Northampton and New York City. All of them were allowed to leave the scene in the two vehicles.
State Police are not releasing their names at this time but they will be summonsed to Eastern Hampshire District Court for the offense of trespassing.
Dave Procopio with the Massachusetts State Police says, “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.”
The Commonwealth Fusion Center was notified of the incident as well as the FBI’s Springfield Office, which sent agents to the Belchertown Barracks to assist in the follow up investigation.
State Police say they are increasing the number of routine checks their patrols make at water supply facilities around the state.