Marblehead police log, Dec. 14-20: Winning scratch ticket among items taken in car break

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Wednesday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Consistent with state law, Marblehead Police have adopted a policy of not providing to media outlets reports related to incidents related to domestic violence, juveniles and matters that remain under investigation.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

10:21 a.m. Investigated report of bike rack in the water off Lafayette Street.

11:33 a.m. Officer went to Reed Street to speak to a resident about an issue he was having with a contractor. Resident told the officer he paid a contractor for work on his house, which had been left unfinished and not up to code. Officer explained to the resident that this was a civil issue, and if the contractor violated their contract, he would need to take the contractor to civil court. Resident said there was no contract and that he had also contacted the Marblehead building inspector. Officer advised the resident to get a report from the building inspector and file a civil complaint in court. The resident also complained about the contractor harassing him and his wife. Officer advised the resident on the process for obtaining a harassment prevention order and tried to encourage him to come to a peaceful resolution with the contractor.

2:01 p.m. Walk-in to the police station brought in keys that had been found on Nanepashemet Street.

2:06 p.m. Assisted with towing a disabled vehicle on Lafayette and Maple streets.

2:54 p.m. Officer assisted at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Pleasant Street and filed a report.

Thursday, Dec. 15

10:54 a.m. Caller reported a tire in the street on Atlantic Avenue.

2:06 p.m. An officer investigated a report of a truck leaking fluid on Clifton Heights Lane.

Friday, Dec. 16

10:14 a.m. An officer investigated a report of a driver possibly in distress on Maple Street. The driver could not be found. 

10:27 a.m. An officer went to Broughton Road to speak to a resident about a PlayStation 5 gaming system she had ordered from Wal-Mart that shipping receipts from FedEx showed had been left on a bench adjacent to the resident’s front porch at around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. When the resident got home about two hours later, the package was nowhere to be found. The resident had contacted Wal-Mart and FedEx but reached out to police because days had passed without the issue being resolved. 

1:09 p.m. Officers assisted with a disabled vehicle on Village and Pleasant streets.

2:26 p.m. A walk-in to police station reported that signs were missing from Cliff and Chestnut streets.

5:04 p.m. An officer investigated a report of larceny, forgery or fraud on Pleasant Street and filed a report.

Saturday, Dec. 17

8:58 a.m. An officer was dispatched to Nicholson Street for the report of a car window that had been smashed. Officer met with a woman whose daughter’s vehicle had been parked on Washington Street overnight and was discovered to have had its rear window broken in the morning. They had brought the vehicle to Nicholson Street to safeguard it while the daughter was at work. Officer could not locate any evidence that the window had been broken intentionally. Officer walked up and down Washington Street to examine other vehicles but did not find any other damaged vehicles in the area. Vehicle’s owner said she would contact the police if she noticed anything missing from her vehicle.

12:58 p.m. Assisted with a car lockout on Beacon Street. 

5:49 p.m. Investigated report of two people to the left of a house on Peter Circle.

9:02 p.m. Assisted the fire department with investigating a report of an oven fire on Cottage Street.

11:04 p.m. An officer spoke to a man who had come to the police station to report having received a letter in the mail from Bank of America about a credit application he had supposedly requested, which he had not done. Resident had called the number provided on the letter but was met with an answering service indicating that help would not be available until Monday morning. He also used Google to verify that the number that he had called was valid. Man’s wife had recently been the victim of fraud on her bank account, which increased the man’s concern about the Bank of America letter. However, he had nothing else out of the ordinary to report, like unknown charges on his credit cards. Officer suggested trying another Bank of America number listed online and also to call the number provided on Monday. The resident was also advised to continue to keep an eye on his current accounts.

Sunday, Dec. 18

9:21 a.m. An officer spoke with a resident of Creesy Street about “false accusations.”

7:41 p.m. An elderly resident was transported to the hospital after officers assisted with a well-being check on Frost Lane.

7:53 p.m. An officer investigated after a 911 caller reported a disturbance on Washington Street.

8:01 p.m. A walk-in to the police station dropped off an ATM card that had been found on Atlantic Avenue.

11:19 p.m. Officers investigated a report of a loud party on Clifton Avenue.

Monday, Dec. 19

8:23 a.m. A wallet containing fake IDs was found on Commercial and Cliff streets. 

9:38 a.m. An officer went to Elizabeth Road to take a report of a break-in to a vehicle and the theft of items from it. The resident told the officer that he had parked his vehicle in his driveway around 8:30 p.m. the night before and had awakened to find that someone had entered the unlocked vehicle and taken a Dell laptop valued at $1,000, an antler-handle knife valued at $100, a lottery scratch ticket, on which he had won $100, and miscellaneous loose change of an unknown total amount. The resident added that he had heard a vehicle door close outside his home at around 4 a.m. The resident did have security cameras around his home but had thus far been unable to upload the video. He planned to contact the service provider for assistance. He was advised to contact the police if the video revealed any suspicious activity and also to ask his employer whether the laptop could be tracked.

9:56 a.m. An officer assisted at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Lafayette Street and filed a report.

11:55 a.m. An officer assisted with a disabled vehicle on West Shore Drive and Turner Road.

12:12 p.m. An officer assisted at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Lafayette Street and filed a report.

1:35 p.m. Officers assisted in response to the report of a student in distress at Glover School.

2:55 p.m. Officers assisted at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Lafayette Street and West Shore Drive and filed a report.

7:29 p.m. Caller reported larceny, forgery or fraud on Longview Drive. No action was required.

7:43 p.m. A walk-in to police station dropped off ATM card that had been found on Atlantic Avenue.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

10:11 a.m. An officer was dispatched to the Star of the Sea Cemetery off Lafayette Street to investigate a report that gravestones may have been knocked over. The officer found the gravestones in question near the Old Salem Road entrance, approximately 30 yards towards Lafayette Street. The officer said he was unable to determine whether the damage was the result of vandalism or the high winds the town had been experiencing recently.

11:18 a.m. Officer assisted the driver of a tractor trailer who was having difficulty navigating Front Street.

11:48 a.m. An officer was dispatched to Farrell Court to conduct a well-being check at the request of the Marblehead Housing Authority’s housing manager, who said the Housing Authority had received reports from neighbors that the resident in question had been yelling. Upon the officer’s arrival, another Housing Authority employee explained that the last time he had done an apartment check at the residence, the unit was in squalor and the resident had become angry with him. Officer knocked on the door of the home, and a care provider answered. Care provider explained that he had been yelling at the resident upstairs to stop stomping her feet, as he felt it was disturbing his patient. The Housing Authority staff member informed him that he was doing a “residence check” as well, and the care provider invited him in. The care provider brought up all of the “checks” that the Housing Authority had been conducting with the police and stated that he believed it was harrassment. The officer informed the care provider that he was only there for a well-being check on the resident and not for the Housing Authority’s “resident check.” Care provider stated that he wanted to file a complaint about the Housing Authority. Officer then left the unit, as it appeared to him that the resident was being properly cared for. The Housing Authority staff member stated that the condition of the unit had improved since his last check. After leaving the residence, the Housing Authority staff member called the housing manager and handed the phone to the officer so the housing manager could speak with him. The housing manager asked whether the officer had asked to see any of the caretaker’s credentials, and the officer informed her that the man was living there, and if she had an issue with a resident in her units, it would be for the Housing Authority to take action, not police.

2:58 p.m. A walk-in to the police station brought in an iPhone that had been found on Front Street.

7:42 p.m. An Orne Street resident reported a case of identity theft.

8:30 p.m. Officers investigated a disturbance on Creesy Street.

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