Woman Nabbed For Stealing From Fundraiser Honoring Fallen Yarmouth K9 Officer

Police said Maureen Wiggin was caught on video as she stole an item meant to benefit the Yarmouth Police Foundation.

Hyannis, MA – A 56-year-old woman was arrested for stealing an auction prize from a fundraiser in honor of murdered Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon.

Maureen Wiggin, 56, hadn’t even purchased a $25 ticket to attend the event on Friday night when she showed up and helped herself to a sports-themed gift basket slated to be sold at a silent auction, the Boston Herald reported.

Police were called to the fundraiser at about 10:30 p.m. on June 22 after several people noticed something missing. The item Wiggin snatched contained a decorative blue box with golf balls, baseball hats, and a variety of shirts, according to police.

Wiggin’s bold theft was captured on surveillance video at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa where the event was held, the Boston Herald reported.

“A review of the security video showed a woman removing the item from a table and leaving the venue,” according to a statement posted on the official Barnstable Police Department Facebook page.

The fundraiser featuring the silent auction was titled “Back the Blue/A Night to Remember Sean,” and was organized in tribute to Sgt. Gannon, a K9 handler who was killed in the line of duty April 12.

Sgt. Gannon was fatally shot while trying to serve a warrant on a repeat offender who already had at least 111 charges on his record.

His partner, K9 Nero, was also wounded, but he has since recovered and gone home to live with the fallen hero’s family, WBTS reported.

Barnstable police officers located Wiggins at her home in Hyannis, and questioned her, according to the Boston Herald. She was initially uncooperative until she was confronted with the video, police said.

Eventually, the stolen auction item was recovered from the trunk of Wiggin’s car, and returned to the charitable event.

Police said Wiggin would be charged with larceny of property under $1,200.

“We as police officers see a lot of this happen in a lot of forums, but you just can’t believe someone would stoop that low to do that. This is typical of what’s happening in our society today,” Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said of the theft to the Boston Herald.

“It’s just kind of sad that it took place. If Officer Gannon were involved in this he would probably look at the individual a little deeper than just someone who stole from a wonderful charity event. Like, what else may have been going on there?” Chief Frederickson said, as he recalled the officer’s compassionate nature.

The fundraising event was sponsored by the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod and the Islands and with 100 percent were dedicated to the Yarmouth Police Foundation in Sgt. Gannon’s memory.

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Mrs10
Mrs10

How incredibly sick. And sad. 😢

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I lived and worked on Cape Cod......it's not an area that I'd expect something like that to happen . I am glad they had the video cameras there.

Propolice
Propolice

Hate is what was going on there. Too many stupid, mean people that need to be punished far more than they are. ❤️🇺🇸

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I am sad when human police officers are killed by criminals because I believe that Blue Lives Matter. Never get that choked up about the K9 units, though,because they are deadly weapons, so you have to expect arrestees to defend their lives against that kind of force. Pretending that K9 lives are equivalent to human lives diminishes the value of human life. [I stand by this post, but at the time I wrote it I did not realize that Gannon was a person]

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

It's bad enough that they are attacked, and possibly killed as was in this instance, but something used to auction off as a fundraiser for that poor officer stolen as well...Shame on You!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

[deleted this post because it was written on my incorrect understanding that Gannon was a K9, which he was not. It is perfectly fine to have fundraisers for families of fallen human officers, especially in cases where their departments do not provide good insurance]

Budman
Budman

Just don't understand stupid people!!

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

@Burgers Allday Hey, if you’re stupid enough to a.)be a criminal requiring police to come after you to hold you accountable for you crimes, and b.)run from said police meaning they use a K9 to apprehend you, then that’s on you. Make better life choices I guess. Also, I’m not sure how police use K9s to ‘punish people against whom they cannot get charges to stick’ unless they’re setting them on people as they leave the courthouse.

Caprice56
Caprice56

Burgers all day. While you are entitled to your opinion, please keep it off of a site that was taliking about theft from an event for a fallen officer. You have no idea of his family’s needs or how the department raises funds for training and acquiring these dogs. You showed just how insensitive and ignorant you are. Stop filling this site if this is truly how you feel.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, police don't get to use deadly force just because a person runs. And this is especially true when the deadly K9 units are what causes the person to run in the first place (which is apparently what happened in the house on Blueberry Way that fateful day). [revised now that I understand that Gannon was a person: it is not clear whether the defendant was trying to stop the attack of the K9 unit, Nero, and Gannon got into the backdrop, or whether defendant meant to kill Gannon]

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

@Burgers Allday Yeah no. Nobody has the right to use deadly force to ‘defend’ themselves from lawful arrest, even against a K9. The police, however, DO have a right to use the K9 when apprehending a felon with 111 charges on his record who is running while unlawfully in possession of a firearm.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Natural bodily reaction is to protect itself.

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

@Hi_estComnDenomn Sure. But if people weren’t such pieces of shit and just complied with lawful arrest then things like K9 wouldn’t need to be deployed. Unfortunately, reality is that people do run, fight and murder cops to get away and so this is what happens. It’s still wrong when they try to kill a K9, never justified.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@TeneteLineam But biologically it's absolutely justified. An animal attacks you, you defend yourself.

JBo
JBo

K9s are deadly weapons? I must have missed those stats that show K9s are killing more people than ever.

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

@Hi_estComnDenomn Biologically, yes. Burgers Allday posited that it should be legally justified. Which of course is ridiculous.

Doc___
Doc___

Quit feeding the trolls!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Self-defense is a legal justification already on the books. [revised post now that I know that Gannon was a person: the big question is whether he was trying to shoot Gannon or Gannon's K9 unit, Nero, or both?]

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@TeneteLineam: In this case, we do not know if they gave him a chance to comply with lawful arrest before Gannon sicc'd Nero on him. There is a lot we don't know here. [some text removed because I thought Gannon was a dog and not the handler] Did Gannon give the suspect a chance to surrender before bringing Nero on the scene? Did the officers in the area have a history of letting K9 units chew on arrestees who were trying to surrender?

Bottom line: let's roll tape on this one and get some answers in Sgt. Gannon's memory.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@TeneteLineam Whats ridiculous is making a law against natural human reaction.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Every time one of our dogs got in a good bite, I made a point of bringing a dog biscuit into the office and giving it to the handler to give to his dog. Fuck you, burgie boy. You're on the wrong site!

InService
InService

Are we all clear that Sgt. Gannon was a handler and not the K9? Some of these comments suggest the authors believe that the fundraiser was for the K9.

Additionally, police K9s aren't "deadly weapons". They aren't trained as such and they aren't used as weapons. They are used to apprehend and incapacitate, I challenge anyone to find an instance of a police K9 being the causative factor in a person's death.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, I wasn't clear that Sgt. Gannon was the handler. I thought it was the K9. Was he trying to shoot Gannon, or was he just trying to bring down the fur missile?

InService
InService

I guess it's only clear if you're more interested in reading about Sgt. Gannon's sacrifice than trolling for an argument.

What difference would it make which officer (Gannon or his K9 partner) he was trying to murder for executing a warrant? I think it's safe to assume this POS was trying to kill both of them and anybody else standing in the way of his escape.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think it is possible that he was trying to stop a deadly K9 attack and that Gannon just ended up in the backdrop. I imagine that Gannon was wearing a body cam (as police officers should on these types of raids), and the court will see whether Gannon and the K9 really did cause the defendant to fear for his life and/or limbs before giving him a fair chance to surrender to biteless arrest. Maybe they will post the Gannon bodycam video here when it comes out so that we can all learn from it.

InService
InService

Again, police K9s aren't deadly weapons. You acknowledged the validity of my point by ignoring it the first time.

And again, as outlined by another commenter, there's no such thing as defending yourself against lawful police action.

It is obvious he declined his chance to surrender peacefully by the outcome. Too bad he didn't get put down right then and there.

My apologies to everyone else for dignifying this asshole by engaging him. I really just wanted to point out who we lost.

We really shouldn't feed the trolls... I know this. It's just frustrating I can't engage my boot up his ass in person.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Dogs are cool. Cats suck.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Of course large dogs are deadly weapons. That is why police officers frequently kill them.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"And again, as outlined by another commenter, there's no such thing as defending yourself against lawful police action."

Right, a suspect can only defend herself against "excessive force." But sometimes the use of the K9 unit is excessive force, especially in cases where the K9 is likely to cause death or seriously bodily injury. It is quite likely that the use of Nero was use of deadly force (or that the suspect reasonably perceived that) and that there was not sufficient justification for using deadly force here.

If Gannon got in the backdrop behind the fur missile then that is sad for his family and friends, and also for us here at Blue Lives Matter, but, from a legal perspective his death might just be collateral damage.

CAH
CAH

This felon, with 126 charges against him, shot and killed an officer and his K9 to avoid being served a warrant. You, Burgers Allday, are callous in your posts and try to make it look as if this felon was unjustly targeted. Hiding in the attic, waiting with a weapon, killed an officer just doing his job. Your thinking is mighty skewed, in my opinion. You, sir, are just another troll. May God bless and protect our LEO and our first responders!

JBo
JBo

You didn't specify large dogs. You said K9s. Some agencies use much smaller dogs for things such as drug detection. They are K9s also but hardly killers. I also must have missed the part of the curriculum where K9s are trained to kill. Not in this country.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"You didn't specify large dogs." Well, some police officers even kill small dogs, but most limit their killing to large dogs. Generally speaking, the larger a dog is, the more likely it can inflict death or serious bodily harm -- which would, of course, put the dog in the deadly force category here. A dog doesn't need to be "trained to kill" to be in the deadly weapon category.

Maybe the defendant would have shot Sgt. Gannon, even if he left the K9 unit out in the vehicle (with the window cracked). The body cam may shed some light on that. Who knows, maybe Sgt. Gannon was in another room when Nero engaged the defendant and Sgt. Gannon was hit by contagious, but friendly, fire. The bodycams of all the officers will tell the story eventually I hope.

ACO1952
ACO1952

Burgers Allday, are you that full of hate towards LEO's or you just the typical dumb SOB, that sits around all day with nothing better to do? The officer was killed by a repeat offender with 111 charges, that offender had already decided he was not going to jail no matter what so he kills the officer, wounds his K9 partner. Your maybes are so full of holes. Just admit it ass wipe you hate cops and dogs and your life sucks. The officer leaves behind a family, but with your mentality I guess that's ok.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I am sad for the officer's family. As far as whether the shooting was justifiable, I think we should all wait for the body cam footage before coming to conclusions. Even if the officer was collateral damage, receiving a bullet meant to bring down the fur missile, the Iraq War has made me comfortable with the idea of collateral damage.

JBo
JBo

We can tell that you're "sad for the officer's family".

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Well, that's good. Good to find common ground. That lady shouldn't have stolen the gift basket.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I disagree with your blanket statement about the courts.

More importantly for present purposes, the issue here in this criminal case is whether the defendant had a reason to believe that the K9 unit posed a risk of death or serious bodily injury. If this goes to trial, it will be interesting to see how this issue is decided. K9 unit bites seem to be getting more and more serious as the years go by. At some point they will be considered as serious bodily harm. Given that recent picture of a K9 unit bite they linked from this site, I think we may be there now.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - it's hard to tell whether you actually believe the nonsense you spew or if it's just another attempt to troll this website. Probably a little of both, right?You have no argument and there is plenty of case law backing the use of police K-9's.Your feelings mean nothing to this case. If you think you have a legitimate argument, provide the case law you will use in court. I'm always interested in the thought process of such a sharp legal mind like yourself (sarcasm).

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

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