Duxbury Police: As summer heats up, fake beaches stickers surface

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Duxbury Police say that a market has cropped up for fake beach stickers in town.

Duxbury Police Chief Matt Clancy says they were called to an incident at the beach Tuesday, and found a counterfeit sticker.

Chief Clancy says it’s not an isolated event.

“Some look like a nice color copy of an actual sticker, and there are a couple of versions that are complete re-makes. One investigation has led us towards the sale of these on Craigslist–and a number of other different things underway with this thing,” said Clancy.

Duxbury residents who buy a genuine beach sticker pay $50-$70 for beach parking, while “oversand” permits range from $130-$150. Seniors get a discount, as well as those who buy them early online. Non-residents pay more–$255-$275 for beach parking and $275 for an “oversand” permit.

Chief Clancy says that authorities will be keeping a sharp eye on the stickers for the rest of the summer.

“The gate personnel are doing a visual inspection, and also we have some patrol out in that area as well. And the officers in the vehicle out there also, just taking an extra look–and particularly now. Everyone has been put on heightened alert to be a little more critical when checking these stickers.”

Clancy says they’re still working to determine what charges would apply to possessing a fake sticker besides “uttering”, or presenting a false document as genuine.

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