Police log, March 9-15, 2023: Blown kisses fail to bait neighbor; pizza scam yields no dough

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Thursday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 15, 2023. 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.

Thursday, March 9

7:59 a.m. An officer investigated the report of a stolen bike on Cheever Avenue.

8:59 a.m. The pedestrian signal at Ocean and Atlantic avenues was reportedly not working.

10:12 a.m. Officers investigated the report of larceny, forgery or fraud on Naugus Avenue.

10:14 a.m. A 21-year-old Marblehead resident was arrested and charged with breaking-and-entering in the daytime, a felony, and malicious destruction of property valued at over $1,200. He was also the subject of four outstanding Marblehead warrants on unspecified charges.

12:44 p.m. An officer investigated the report of a scam call received on Tedesco Street.

2:04 p.m. An officer investigated the report of suspicious activity on Atlantic Avenue.

6:38 p.m. An officer assisted a resident on Intrepid Circle and filed a report.

6:55 p.m. An officer investigated the report of larceny, forgery or fraud on Tedesco Street and filed a report.

Friday, March 10

8:46 a.m. An officer was dispatched to Arthur Avenue to investigate the report of a neighbor dispute. Upon his arrival, he was met by a man who explained that he had been having issues with his next-door neighbor over the past few years. In the latest alleged incident, the man had been out taking a walk with his wife earlier in the morning and stopped to speak with another neighbor in front of his driveway. During that conversation, he noticed the neighbor with whom he had been having problems blowing kisses at him. The man said he asked his neighbor why he was blowing kisses at him, and the neighbor responded, “Because I think you’re cute.” The man felt that his neighbor was trying to bait him into a fight. He requested the officer not speak with his neighbor for now, explaining that he simply wanted no contact with him. The officer advised him to document all past harassing incidents, which he said were numerous, and go to Lynn District Court to file for a harassment prevention order. The officer also advised him to install a security system.

9:55 a.m. Low-hanging wires reported on Stacey and Pickett streets.

11:13 a.m. An officer spoke by cell phone with a woman who had had a strange conversation with a UPS driver while he was delivering her a package. She stated that, according to the UPS driver, he had been approached two days earlier on Gerald Road by a Hispanic man in his 40s who spoke little to no English. The man had asked for a package that was supposed to be delivered to Cleveland Road and showed identification indicating that is where he lived. The UPS driver did not have the package that the man was looking for but found the whole incident odd. The woman said that there was no one who lives at her home who could be confused with the man who had approached the UPS driver.

11:31 a.m. An officer spoke by phone with a man who reported an attempted scam from earlier in the day in which he had been called by a man who asked him to provide his credit card number to pay for three cheese pizzas from Tony’s Pizza. The man recognized it as a scam and did not give out his credit card information, instead reporting the incident to police.

12:19 p.m. An officer investigated the report of a neighbor issue on Rowland Street and filed a report.

12:45 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Washington Street to investigate the latest incident in an ongoing landlord-tenant dispute. He arrived to find two women separated by a short distance. He asked whether everyone was OK, and they said that they were. He then began interviewing them. One woman said she had been invited to the property by her sister, a tenant, and that upon her arrival she had been verbally assaulted by the other woman, the landlord, whom she said had been harassing her sister for an extended period of time. The woman explained that she had come to the property to help her sister, who was away at an appointment, prepare to move out by the end of the month. The woman was advised of her rights to obtain a harassment prevention order, as her sister had been informed previously. She was also advised to tell her sister to call police if she felt she needed to report any specific incidents. The officer then spoke with the landlord who explained her side of the events of the day and what has been going on between her and her tenant. The landlord said that she had observed the sister come onto her property and move a car from a spot alongside the fence and then begin to walk to the front door, where a verbal altercation occurred. The landlord told the officer she had been verbally assaulted by the sister and that she had started recording the events of today when the sister turned around and began recording her as well. The officer asked the landlord what was going on in the overall situation, and the landlord said that she has had ongoing issues with her tenant for some time, specifically related to the assignment of parking on the property, which has three side-by-side parking spots, one assigned to each unit. The landlord said that the tenant disagrees with the language and lack of specificity in the rental agreement as it pertains to the exact location of her parking space as defined. The landlord told the officer that she and her tenant have each retained attorneys and were aware that the parking situation is a civil and not criminal matter. The officer advised the landlord to continue to contact her attorney regarding any issues related to the rental agreement and the use of her property. The officer advised the landlord of her right to a harassment prevention order, which she said she understood. The officer added that a copy of his report would be available at the police station at her request.

2:55 p.m. An officer investigated a complaint on Pleasant Street and filed a report.

Saturday, March 11

1:34 a.m. A 28-year-old Gloucester man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a license after a traffic stop on Pleasant Street.

12:56 p.m. An officer investigated a general complaint on Humphrey Street and filed a report.

10:43 p.m. An officer investigated general information provided on Humphrey Street and filed a report.

10:45 p.m. An officer investigated a report of suspicious activity on Overlook Road and filed a report.

Sunday, March 12

8:30 a.m. A 49-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant on an unspecified charge on Leo Road.

5:49 p.m. A caller reported that a purse had been left behind on Lighthouse Lane.

7:20 p.m. An officer investigated a general complaint on Broughton Road and filed a report.

Monday, March 13

7:52 a.m. A caller asked storm-related questions.

9:54 a.m. A caller complained that workers from the Light Department had been blocking Tucker Street at Lee Street for 45 minutes.

10:12 a.m. An officer performed traffic and speed enforcement for about a half-hour on West

Shore Drive near the intersection of Dodge Road, where the speed limit is 30 mph and observed no infractions.

11:16 a.m. An officer investigated a report that a truck had taken down wires on Gas House Lane and filed a report.

1:17 p.m. An officer investigated a report of suspicious activity on Rockaway Avenue.

5:41 p.m. An officer met with a woman at the police station who reported that she had received a phone call from a person using a blocked number who claimed to be an officer with U.S. Border Patrol who wanted to speak with the woman about a drug trafficking case they allegedly believed she was involved with. The caller asked the woman where she lived and claimed that they had found 22 pounds of cocaine in her house in Texas. The caller also asked which bank the woman used, and she gave them the name of the bank but not any other information. She then realized that the call might be a scam and contacted Marblehead Police. She said she would alert her bank about the call.

7:11 p.m. An officer assisted with a disabled vehicle on Robert Road.

Tuesday, March 14

12:02 p.m. Officers responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on Lafayette and Maple streets and filed a report.

1:16 p.m. A caller on Hobart Road reported having received a year’s worth of harassing calls.

1:28 p.m. A caller on Pequot Road reported receiving a grandparent scam call.

4:45 p.m. An officer investigated a report of larceny, forgery or fraud on Hillside Avenue and filed a report.

Wednesday, March 15

11:50 a.m. An officer investigated a report that a car had rolled on Hawkes Street.

12:59 p.m. A low-hanging wire was reported on Tidewinds Terrace and Knight Avenue.

2:52 p.m. Officer spoke in the police station lobby with a woman who had recently found out that someone had applied for a bank account in her name, which had been closed before any transactions had been made. The woman had already contacted the three credit agencies. She was advised to let the police know if she had any other issues.

4:13 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Mohawk Road for a report of a neighbor dispute. Upon his arrival, he was met by the caller, who was known to him from previous incidents. The caller stated that she has had multiple issues with her neighbor. The woman stated that earlier in the afternoon she had been in her backyard when her neighbor began to yell at her over the fence

about her dogs barking. The woman said the man yelled at her for approximately 10 minutes before she went inside. The woman stated that she did not want to engage with her neighbor. The officer again brought up the option of obtaining a harassment prevention order, but the woman replied that she had tried three times to get one but had been denied. She was advised to continue to document the incidents and try again for a HPO. The officer further advised the woman to contact police while the incidents were in progress.

8:34 p.m. An officer went to Washington Street for another incident related to an ongoing landlord-tenant dispute. The officer met with the tenant whose sister had been involved in the March 10 incident, who reported that her landlord had now removed the Ring doorbell camera from the door to her apartment, which had been documented by the camera until the landlord rendered it inoperative. The officer then spoke with the landlord who said her attorney had advised her to remove the camera, which was located on the apartment’s front door and technically in a common area. The officer retrieved the camera as well as a small door plaque that the landlord had taken. Both parties were advised to keep the peace.

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