POLICE LOG: MPD responds to fraud reports, a school driveway crash and a neighbor dispute

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log Sept. 26-Oct. 2. Consistent with state law, Marblehead Police have adopted a policy of not providing media outlets reports related to incidents involving domestic violence, juveniles and matters that remain under investigation.

Sept. 26

7:44 a.m. — Officer Nicholas Michaud responded to a report of vandalism at a residence on Kimball Street. The officer met with the reporting party who stated that someone had allegedly sawed through a tree on their property overnight. The officer examined the tree, took photos and spoke with the reporting party about any potential suspects or video surveillance.

1:53 p.m. — Officer Andrew Clark spoke with a reporting party on Ticehurst Lane who stated they had fallen victim to an ongoing scam. The reporting party explained that they had paid a company monthly fees for a service they did not request. Recently, someone claiming to be from the company allegedly called the reporting party and tricked them into purchasing and providing the access codes for thousands of dollars’ worth of gift cards. The scammer allegedly also gained access to the reporting party’s laptop and bank accounts, making several fraudulent withdrawals totaling over $50,000. The officer advised the reporting party on further actions to take.

7:20 p.m. — Officer Michael Farewell responded to the police station lobby to take a fraud report. The reporting party explained they had received a bill from a subscription service they use. When the reporting party called to cancel the service, the representative allegedly tricked them into providing remote access to their computer and made it appear as if they had deposited $50,000 into the reporting party’s bank account. The representative instructed the reporting party to withdraw cash and deposit it into another account, but the reporting party visited their bank first to report the scam. No financial loss occurred.

10 p.m. — Officer Tyler Bates spoke with a reporting party at the police station regarding an ongoing neighbor dispute. The reporting party stated their neighbor allegedly had filmed them from a window while they were outside with their dog. The officer explained the process for obtaining a harassment prevention order and took statements from the reporting party documenting prior incidents with the neighbors.

Sept. 27

10:44 p.m. — Officer Andrew Clark responded to take a report of a past larceny on Cedar Street. The reporting party stated that two cell phones, delivered to their front doorstep last Friday, had allegedly been stolen sometime between the delivery time and mid-afternoon. The total value of the stolen phones was approximately $2,000. The officer documented the incident and advised the reporting party on next steps.

8:55 p.m. — Officer Michael Farewell conducted a traffic stop on Washington Street near Atlantic Avenue. The officer stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign. The female driver was unable to provide a license or registration and the officer determined through dispatch that the vehicle’s registration was revoked. The officer called for a tow truck per department protocol. The driver became upset and eventually exited her vehicle, tossing the keys, and left the scene on foot before the vehicle could be towed. The officer took inventory of the vehicle’s contents before it was towed away.

6:33 a.m. — Sgt. Eric Osattin responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress on Lindsey Street. The initial caller reported seeing a suspect attempting to enter through a window. Upon arrival and speaking with the caller, officers determined there had been a misunderstanding. The caller had checked into the wrong rental unit and the suspected burglar was actually the property manager trying to access the correct unit. All units cleared after the confusion was resolved.

Sept. 29

7:54 a.m. — Officer Adam Mastrangelo spoke with a reporting party regarding a noise complaint. The reporting party was concerned about excavation work being done by a neighbor, questioning permitting and the noise disturbing his peace. The officer explained the neighbor had a right to do construction on their own property during reasonable hours. The officer advised the reporting party to follow up with the building department regarding permitting concerns.

1:56 p.m. — Officer Adam Mastrangelo responded to a daycare facility on Cornell Road for a report of past damage to a vehicle. The reporting party stated that within the last two hours, the rear windshield of their vehicle had been damaged by an unknown object. The officer examined the vehicle and surrounding area but could not determine what caused the damage.

4:37 p.m. — Officer Dennis DeFelice responded to a residence on Village Street for a reported disturbance. The reporting party, a landscaper, stated that while his crew was working on a neighboring property, a resident came out and began yelling threats and insults towards them. The crew became fearful and left the area. The officer advised the landscaper to call police immediately if there are any future interactions. The incident was documented.

Oct. 1

10:03 a.m. — Officer Luke Peters responded to Washington Street for a report of a past hit-and-run motor vehicle crash. The reporting party stated their parked car had allegedly  been struck sometime between 9 p.m. last night and 10 a.m. this morning, damaging the side mirror. There are surveillance cameras on the building near where the car was parked but they did not capture the crash. The officer took photos of the damage and forwarded the report to detectives for follow-up investigation.

3:30 p.m. — Officer Douglas Mills met with two reporting parties at the police station lobby regarding an ongoing neighbor dispute and harassment complaint. The reporting parties explained that a neighbor had allegedly stared at their home from his deck for a half hour last Thursday evening, which they felt was done to intentionally harass them. The officer advised the reporting parties on the process for obtaining a harassment prevention order and documented their statements about the incident.

Oct. 2

7:45 a.m. — Officer Nicholas Michaud responded to a private school on West Shore Drive for a report of a motor vehicle crash. A vehicle exiting the school driveway allegedly collided with a second vehicle traveling on West Shore Drive. There were no injuries reported. The officer took statements from both drivers along with a witness, documented vehicle damage, took photos and cleared the scene.

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