POLICE LOG: Officers investigate possible trespassing at Goldthwait, country music scam, identity theft and more

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Monday, Aug. 7 through Wednesday, Aug. 9. 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.

Monday, Aug. 7

8:04 a.m. — Officer Tim Morley was dispatched to the Marblehead Police Station to speak with a representative of the Goldthwait Reservation Land Trust regarding a disturbance on their property. The land trust reported ongoing issues with individuals allegedly trespassing on their land after posted hours and causing damage to the property, which has undergone recent ecological restoration efforts. The land trust has installed cameras and identified one specific individual allegedly entering the property multiple times after 10 p.m. Video footage showed this individual allegedly removing property placed by the reservation to protect the marshlands. She was confronted and left the area with the items she collected. A reservation member had previously advised her that she was not allowed on the property or permitted to remove any items. The Goldthwait Reservation Land Trust intends to send a letter of no trespass to this individual.

3:20 p.m. — Officer Douglas Mills responded to the station lobby to speak with an 86-year-old woman who lives alone at her home. She reported that she was seeking advice regarding her daughters’ insistence on selling her house and moving her into an assisted living facility. The citizen was articulate and appeared to be in good health. She mentioned receiving assistance from the Marblehead Council on Aging (COA) and from elder services organization Agespan. Mills informed the woman that he would contact the COA to see if they could provide any services to address her concerns. He subsequently placed a call to the COA in an attempt to secure assistance for the citizen.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

8:32 p.m. – Officer Michael Farewell, along with Officer Tyler Bates and bicycle unit Dennis DeFelice, were dispatched to a neighbor disturbance on Devereux Street. A male party reported that he had verbally fought with his upstairs neighbor, a female, outside their apartment complex. The male also claimed he had been confronted and threatened by the neighbor’s boyfriend. Both parties were found to be upset. The female expressed ongoing frustration regarding noise allegedly coming from the male party’s apartment. The disagreement reportedly stemmed from trash disposal and derogatory comments overheard by the female party. She showed text messages sent to their landlord allegedly detailing similar issues dating back to March. Both parties were advised to refrain from further interaction and to apply for a harassment prevention order at Lynn District Court. They were asked to remain civil and went back inside their residences. On the following day, the male party reported seeing the female party’s boyfriend standing near his girlfriend’s vehicle in a manner he perceived as menacing. Mills advised the male on no trespass orders, harassment prevention orders and suggested discussing the ongoing matter with his landlord.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

5:28 p.m. — Officer Robert Picariello was dispatched to the lobby of the police station to take a report of a concert ticket scam. The reporting party alleged that he was scammed out of $800 while trying to purchase four Morgan Wallen concert tickets. He had seen the tickets for sale in a Facebook group and messaged the seller. They agreed on a price and he sent the money via Venmo to an account. After sending the money, he noticed that this Venmo account immediately transferred the money to another Venmo account. Despite the payment, he never received the tickets. He contacted Venmo and was advised to file a report with his local police department but was told it would be difficult to get the money back. The man acknowledged that he had been suspicious of the transaction but still wanted to file a report and intended to alert the Facebook group where the transaction began about the suspected scam account.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

1:30 p.m. — Officer Douglas Mills received a report of identity fraud at the police station lobby. The people reporting the issue explained that someone appeared to have used their personal information to create a Comcast Xfinity account. When they called Comcast, they found out that the account was linked to an address in South Dennis, which they had no ties to. Suspecting fraud, they had the account closed. However, it was reopened later. Comcast shared the account’s registered names and associated email addresses. The people reporting the issue hadn’t suffered any financial loss because the account bills were paid. Mills gave them advice on how to protect their identity and sent the case details to the detective department. Later, Sergeant Detective Sean Brady figured out that the account probably resulted from a Comcast clerical mistake. Mills called the people who reported the issue to share this update and suggested they reach out to Comcast for more clarification.

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