Marblehead police log, Oct. 21-26, 2022: Teen’s 1 a.m. bike ride brought to end; hefty stone planters purloined

Friday, Oct. 21

8:50 a.m. Wire reported down on Seaview Avenue.

12:06 p.m. Assisted with no-trespass issue on Washington Street.

2:39 p.m. Vehicles that had mirrors slap reported on Atlantic Avenue and Commercial Street.

5:48 p.m. Investigated report of past vehicle crash on Beacon Street.

8:25 p.m. Investigated report of suspicious package on Pleasant Street.

9:20 p.m. Report of suspicious activity on Lattimer Street proved to be unfounded.

Saturday, Oct. 22

12:14 a.m. Officers responded to the scene of a traffic accident reported on Lafayette and Maple streets. They arrived to find a Toyota Sienna, an Uber vehicle, that was transporting two people from Salem to Revere. Officer spoke to a passenger in the Uber who said that there was a car stopped at the light heading outbound on Lafayette when another speeding vehicle went around the
stopped car in the left turn lane. The Uber had been traveling inbound on Lafayette Street and was about to make a right turn on
to Maple Street when the other vehicle struck the Uber and then drove away without stopping, according to the passenger. Officers checked the area and were able to find a blue Volkswagen Jetta parked on Everett Paine Boulevard that was warm to the touch and had significant damage to the left front side of the car. Debris that had been found at the crash site matched the Volkswagen as well. The vehicle was towed by Bill’s Auto Clinic and an inventory taken of the vehicle. Officer checked the area for the vehicle’s owner but could not find him and then spoke to his mother, who was asked to call officer when her son came home.

1:28 a.m. While responding to the accident above, officer encountered a 15-year-old riding his bike in the middle of Lafayette Street, near Maple Street, headed toward Salem. According to officer’s report, young man appeared more focused on his cell phone than his riding, as his bike weaved in and out of the roadway. His bike had no lights, and he did not have a helmet. Officer reported that he did not seem to notice or pay any attention to the significant police activity in the area. When officer pointed out the numerous safety issues, as well as the general concern for his safety given the late hour, the teen seemed indifferent, officer reported. The teen told officer he was headed to a friend’s house in Salem and that he would be more careful. Officer asked him if his parents knew of his whereabouts. He implied that they did and that they allow him out on his own, according to officer. Teen seemed reluctant to call his mother for fear of waking her up and eventually called his father. Officer spoke to his father briefly, but “it did not seem as though he had much sway in parenting” the teen, the officer wrote in his report. Teen claimed to try to call his mother several times, to no avail. Officer informed him that police would take custody of his bike and give him a ride home to his mother. According to the officer’s report, the teen seemed concerned and stated that he would just head to his friend’s house on his own, carefully. “He attempted to negotiate several alternatives, all involving him going somewhere on his own,” the officer wrote in his report. “He did not think it at all troubling for a 15-year-old to be out at such a late hour.” As officers cleared the crash scene, officer was asked to give the teen a ride home and release him to his mother, while Bill’s Auto transported bike back to the police station for safekeeping. Officer transported the teen to the custody of his mother, who reported that he must have snuck out of the house. She assured officer that she would deal with the matter.

10:16 a.m. Officer was dispatched to Atlantic Avenue, where he met with woman who reported that sometime after 6 p.m. the nigh before, someone had removed two approximately 2-foot-tall stone planters from the business’ patio, which been filled with not only potting soil and a boxwood plant, but also loose rocks for drainage, which would require at least two people to carry off. The value of the planters was about $400 each. Officer found what appeared to be a Ring doorbell camera across the street and asked the residents if he could review the footage, but the camera was apparently offline during the relevant time frame.

2:40 p.m. Assisted at scene of fire behind dryer on West Shore Drive.

3:07 p.m. Officer met in lobby of police station with man who had a 45-minute-long argument with his neighbor about the storage of his boat, truck and placement of a newly installed fence. Man showed officer a picture in which there were two fences next to each other, with the neighbor’s fence being higher. During the argument, man in the lobby had asked his neighbor several times to leave his property, and the neighbor had refused. Man was advised how to obtain a no-trespass order and a criminal harassment order. He asked that today’s incident be documented.

5:10 p.m. Woman reported that her Mac laptop had been taken from her vehicle while it was parked in front of hair salon on Atlantic Avenue. Upon further reflection, woman could not say for certain that was when the laptop had been taken, though she noted that there had been “a lot of kids” hanging around Terry’s Ice Cream at the time. Building’s owner told officer that he had been washing the outside windows during the relevant time frame, and that he had not seen any vehicle entered and even had talked to the woman for a few minutes on the street and knew what vehicle she was driving. He agreed that there had been a lot of kids hanging at Terry’s today, but he did not see any vehicles get entered, which is something he watches out for.

7:37 p.m. Disturbance reported on Lafayette Street.

9:56 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Forest River Conservation Area for a report of loud music. They entered the area on foot and could detect the smell of wood burning in the area. They were also able to hear music and a group laughing and talking. As they turned a corner onto the river bend, they observed a small fire pit burning with a group standing around it. When the group saw the officers, they scattered. Fire Department was called to the scene to put out the fire. Officer found a large bag of empty cans and a black sweatshirt. While walking up the hill, officer saw something glittering on the ground and picked up a small tennis bracelet. Once the fire was out, officers took the empties, the sweatshirt and the bracelet back to the station.

Sunday, Oct. 23

11:11 a.m. Officer met in police station lobby with man who had plate stolen off his boat trailer, which had been parked in the Eastern Yacht Club parking lot. He had last seen the plate on the trailer seven days earlier, when he had last used the

Monday, Oct. 24

1:01 a.m. Officers investigated burglar alarm on Pleasant Street and filed a report.

3:34 p.m. Officer spoke in lobby with attorney for man developing a single-family home on Sean’s Way, who was reporting that someone had trespassed onto the land and installed wooden survey stakes into the ground. Property owner assumed it was two vocal opponents of the development. Attorney acknowledged that the stakes could have been left by a survey company, as they were labeled as such. Attorney added that he would be writing up no-trespass orders and having the opponents served to stay off of the property. Officer advised the attorney to have the property owner call the police if there is an active trespass, but everything else that had been discussed was a civil matter.

6:03 p.m. Car that had been running for an hour reported on Pleasant Street.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

12:17 a.m. Women with loud voices reported on Rowland and Prospect streets.

10:43 a.m. Credit card was found on Bessom Street.

11:16 a.m. Assisted at scene of vehicle crash on Tufts Street.

11:19 a.m. Annoying phone calls reported on Vine Street.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

7:25 a.m. Road rage incident reported on Lafayette Street and Carna Road.

7:38 a.m. Investigated possible case of animal abuse on Commercial Street.

3:31 p.m. Report filed after general complaint on Creesy Street.

6:14 p.m. Report filed after disturbance investigated at Glover Square.

Marblehead News staff
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