Marblehead police log: Sept. 8-14, 2022

Thursday, Sept. 8

9:46 a.m. Assisted at scene of vehicle accident on Conant Road.

12:39 p.m. Investigated vehicle crash in Village Plaza parking lot. Caller told officer that his truck had been parked in the plaza’s side parking lot while he went to go pick up his lunch. When he returned, one of the workers in the area told him that they had seen another vehicle back into his truck. Caller’s truck had a small scratch on the hood from where it had been struck with a bike rack. Officer planned to try to review security camera footage to identify the striking vehicle.

1:14 p.m. Officer assisted at scene of vehicle crash on Lafayette Street.

1:14 p.m. Officer assisted with disabled vehicle on Pleasant Street.

1:32 p.m. Traffic signals not changing reported on Tedesco and Humphrey streets.

2:11 p.m. Assisted with disabled vehicle on Pleasant Street.

3:52 p.m. Traffic signals were still having problems on Tedesco and Humphrey streets.

5:13 p.m. Investigated report of vandalism on Everett Paine Boulevard.

Friday, Sept. 9

8:07 a.m. Traffic lights not changing reported on School and Pleasant streets.

8:46 a.m. Officer spoke with manager of CVS on Atlantic Avenue about kids trespassing on the roof of the business. A customer had brought to the manager’s attention that kids had been seen hanging out on the roof of the business the previous night. When the manager looked up at the roof, she noticed a shed door ajar and concluded that the kids might be using it as a hangout. With the help of the fire department, officer got upon the roof. While he saw no evidence of any damage or vandalism, he did find an empty Bud Light can on the ground inside the shed. Manager had given officer a lock, and he was able to secure the shed.

4:18 p.m. Illegally parked vehicle reported on Hawkes Street.

7:24 p.m. Two-vehicle crash reported on Humphrey Street.

10:11 p.m. Caller reported having lost cell phone on Lighthouse Lane.

Saturday, Sept. 10

12:32 p.m. Officer was dispatched to Doaks Lane to take a report of vandalism. Proprietor of business showed officer a window on the side of the building looking out over Little Harbor, which had spider webbed on the outside after either being hit by a rock or shot at with a BB. Proprietor said that because the windows face the water, they were rated for storms and should be very hard to break, adding that he had been having a problem with people trespassing on the seawall behind his business since he walled it off and put up no-trespassing signs. He said he suspected that someone who had previously used the area as a cut-through to Gas House Beach might have damaged the window. Officer found no evidence of a BB and suspected the damage had come from a rock instead.

1:36 p.m. Assisted with call for water rescue on Ocean Avenue.

1:48 p.m. Caller on Foss Terrace reported having lost wallet.

3:56 p.m. Walk-in to police station reported having had her identity used to open new accounts with Charles Schwab and CitiBank, which she had been able to get closed. She also reported that her cell phone account had been compromised and that a new SIM card had been ordered on it. When she tried to contact the cell phone company about the issue, they told her that her Social Security number did not match the one on the account, indicating that someone had taken over the account. After several hours, she was able to work with the company to regain control of her account and close it. Woman said there had also been attempts to make small purchases on her credit cards. She was advised to contact the credit agencies and place a fraud alert on her Social Security number and to pay close attention to her credit report and bank records.

10:10 p.m. An unregistered vehicle was towed after a traffic stop on Ocean Avenue and Nahant Street.

Sunday, Sept. 11

2:39 p.m. Investigated issue with swimmer off Ocean Avenue.

2:44 p.m. Officer was dispatched to Broughton Road on a report of an assault with a shovel and baseball bat. When officer arrived, caller reported that her son and a few of his friends had been assaulted by another boy in the neighborhood. The kids told the officer that the boy had grabbed a Wiffle-ball bat and began swinging it at them in an attempt to hit them. One of the kids reported having been struck on her left ring finger, causing some discomfort. Another child stated that the alleged assailant then grabbed a red-and-black plastic shovel, which he swung and struck the second child him in the left thigh, leaving a bruise and red markings. A third child indicated he had been hit in the head by the same shovel, though he did not have any markings on him. Officer then asked the kids why the alleged assailant had done this, and they told him this was par for the course, that he always comes over to where they are playing and tries to hurt them by playing too rough. Officer then made his way to the alleged assailant’s home and was told that he was on his way out of town, having been picked up by his father. Officer spoke with the father by phone. Father acknowledged that his son sometimes gets “carried away” why playing, but when the officer requested that they return to Broughton Road so that they could see damage the son had caused to a screen and so that the son could apologize to the other children, the father refused, saying his son had not done anything wrong. None of the children that had been struck needed medical attention

2:47 p.m. Officer investigated report of a hit-and-run on Tioga Way.

2:56 p.m. Caller on Sevinor Road reported having lost brown wallet.

8:19 p.m. Investigated report of unauthorized fire on Phillips Street, which proved to be unfounded.

Monday, Sept. 12

7:13 a.m. Investigated report of burglary or break-in on Widger Road.

12:50 p.m. An EZ Pass was found on Humphrey Street.

2:45 p.m. Investigated report of kids loitering or trespassing on Smith Street.

2:55 p.m. Report taken at scene of vehicle crash on Pleasant Street.

4:51 p.m. Officer was dispatched to the Humphrey Street branch of Marblehead Bank to take a report of a past hit-and-run into an ATM. Managers described having witnessed a black sedan pull into the ATM lane and side scrape the ATM’s vestibule and security door. Managers had been unable to get the vehicle’s license plate, and security video did not help, as there was glare on the plate, and the quality of the video was “not the best,” according to the officer’s report.

10:55 p.m. Point O’ Rocks Lane resident reported having been alerted from her security camera that an unknown man had just walked across her lawn then left the area. Officer searched the area and found a man fishing on the Ocean Avenue causeway seawall who appeared to be the man in the security video. Man explained that he had walked down Point O’ Rocks looking for a spot from Google but turned around and left when he realized he was on private property. Officer escorted the man back to his car in the Devereux Beach parking lot. It was then determined that man had an expired New Hampshire driver’s license and an expired registration. Vehicle was towed, and man had friend pick him up. Man was warned about driving without a license and advised as to how to reclaim his vehicle. He was picked up by a friend.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

7:54 a.m. Assisted at scene of vehicle crash on Clifton Avenue and Brook Road.

1:39 p.m. Officer went to CVS on Atlantic Avenue to resolve an ongoing issue with the patron who had come into the store multiple times attempting to get refunds on gift cards he claimed to have purchased from the store. Patron was still present at the front desk when officer arrived. He explained to the officer that he had purchased the gift cards earlier in the day and produced a receipt indicating he had purchased $400 worth of cards. However, he was holding gift cards of twice that value, and originally only wanted to keep the “good” cards and get a refund on the “bad” ones, an apparent scam. Manager agreed to give the man back his $400 if he turned over all the gift cards. After the exchange was made, man was told he could remain in the store for another 10 minutes until the pharmacy reopened so he could do his business, but that he would be no longer welcome in the store after that transaction. Patron found that idea “ridiculous,” said that he did not have time to wait as he had things to do, and stormed off. Manager was advised about how to obtain a no-trespass order against the man.

4:56 p.m. Officer went to a Pleasant Street apartment to investigate the possible larceny of an Apple laptop computer, which a resident said had gone missing three days earlier from her bedroom, while she was away on a day trip. Officer asked her to look next to her bed, in between the wall. Resident looked and found her laptop. She was advised to consider not leaving her laptop laying around in an apartment to which other tenants have access.

5:14 p.m. Officer investigated report of nails in tire on Barnard Street and Red Frank Lane. Resident explained that when she came out to her car in the morning, her tire was flat, so she
brought to a local repair shop. After the tire was plugged, the mechanic told her she had three nails stuck in her tire, which he said was suspicious. He advised her to report it to police. Officer asked vehicle’s owner if she had any idea who might put nails in her car. She said that she did not know anyone who would do that to her, but that people in the neighborhood have had a problem with a man leaving his boat in the road.

5:18 p.m. Officer met a man in the lobby of the police station who had stayed with a friend up in New Hampshire on Saturday and returned home Sunday to find that his medication bottle was missing. He did not think that it had been stolen but may have instead fallen out of his shaving bag. Man declined to provide his friend’s name or address.

7:13 p.m. Caller on Sewall Street complained about construction often continuing too late into the evening.

8:53 p.m. Officers responded to disturbance on Broughton Road.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

7:55 a.m. Dead animal reported on Cypress Street.

8:34 a.m. Local business owner came into station to report that fraudulent check for approximately $100 had been cashed on the business’ account, bearing a forged, nonexistent check number. h The business owner had recouped the money, but the bank requested he file a report. Business owner added that, around the same time, an attempt to make a mobile payment had been made on the account but failed.

11:09 a.m. Customer who had been involved in previous day’s incident involving gift cards at CVS on Atlantic Avenue had returned to the store, despite by then having been served in hand with a no-trespass notice and also being sent a second copy by certified mail. Man said he needed to pick up a prescription, which he was allowed to do, and then he left the store without further incident.

12:13 p.m. Lost water pressure reported on Roundys Hill Road.

12:36 p.m. Broken glass reported on Pleasant Street.

1:25 p.m. Village Street resident reported that he had returned home from vacation to find that his truck had been vandalized with white spray paint along the entire left side of the vehicle. Man said he did not know who would do such a thing to his vehicle and noted that his daughter’s vehicle had been parked nearby without suffering any damage. Man had checked with his neighbors, not on one seemed to have a camera that would have captured the incident.

1:53 p.m. and 1:56 p.m. Callers made complaints related to the Mariner project on Pleasant Street.

2:29 p.m. Officer assisted with neighbor issue on Nicholson Street.

2:50 p.m. Traffic light issues reported on Humphrey and Tedesco streets.

3:11 p.m. Resident reported that she had gotten an email stating her Social Security number had been suspended and provided a number to call to get it back to reactivate it. She called the number and spoke to someone from what she suspected to be the Social Security Administration, who then transferred her to “the DEA.” The alleged DEA agent told her that her Social Security number had been linked to multiple cases of money laundering and drug trafficking and that she could not speak of the case to anyone. Resident explained that the agent began asking her what banks she banked with and exactly how much was in each account. At this point, she became suspicious and told the person that she felt ill. The person on the phone told her he would wait for her to feel better and stayed on hold for over an hour. Officer advised resident that this was a common scam and that she should notify her bank and credit agencies to place a fraud alert on her account. Resident reported that she had not disclosed much more than the last four digits of her Social Security number and where she banked.

4:13 p.m. Officer was dispatched to Lee Street, where resident told him that she had “misplaced” her and her mother’s wedding rings. She noted that the rings had gotten loose on her finger as of late. She had last seen the rings on her finger yesterday. She said she would keep searching her house.

6:23 p.m. Caller on Humphrey Street reported car in lot overnight.

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