A 17-year-old Westport juvenile — the same youth responsible for calling in a fake active shooter incident at Westport High School in 2015 — was arrested Thursday for hacking into a Texas man’s Amazon account and buying $1,000 in computer equipment, police said.
Detective Jeffrey Majewski said the male juvenile, who is not identified because of his age, is charged with larceny over $250 and identity fraud. He was arrested Thursday morning in Fall River and arraigned Thursday in Fall River District Court.
Westport police were notified by a Texas man, who claimed his Amazon account had been hacked and $1,000 in computer equipment had been purchased and sent to an address in Westport, according to Majewski.
A search warrant was obtained for the Westport address and the stolen computer equipment — two hard drives and gaming equipment — was seized by Westport police, he said. Police also seized “dozens of other items” they believe were stolen using other people’s Amazon accounts. The boxes of Amazon packages were pilled one on top of the other in a closet with others spread out in the teen’s room.
“We believe there will be a multitude of other victims who had their Amazon accounts hacked,” Majewski said. “This investigation is going to be much deeper.”
Majewski said the teen is the same youth who claimed there was an active shooter at Westport High School on May 12, 2015, and people had been shot and hostages were being held in the cafeteria. The teen said he was hiding in a closet at the school for his own safety.
As a result of the call, eight heavily-armed state and six Westport officers checked and double checked every bit of space at the school in search of a shooter and hostages. They did not find anything. It was hoax, police said.
In addition, the teen called in fake bomb threats at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School and B.M.C. Durfee High School, both in Fall River, he said.
“It’s unfortunate that this boy’s vast computer knowledge is being used for illegal activities instead of furthering a brilliant adult career,” Majewski said.
The teen was also the subject of a nationwide investigation regarding false bomb calls and fake active shooter cases, according to Majewski.
He was adjudicated (the term used when someone is found guilty in Juvenile Court) and ordered to make restitution on the 2015 Westport charges, Majewski said.
One of the terms of his probation was that the teen only use the Internet for educational purposes, he said. As a result of the new charges, Majewski said he believes the youth is in violation of the terms of probation for his 2015 case.