Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.
WHEN THE RUBBER LEAVES THE ROAD
Loyal readers of this column know that car wheels can be a hot commodity — and it seems certain makes and models draw thieves like honey. A series of thefts involving the tires of Honda Accords occurred recently in Stoneham. The first was reported May 23, when a 2017 Accord on Albion Avenue was found propped up on milk crates, missing all four of its wheels. The weight of the vehicle did a number on the crates, and the car’s doors were damaged in the process. Two days later, an officer was dispatched to the Stonehill Towers apartment complex, where two separate Accord Sport models — one from 2015 and the other 2017 — were found similarly stripped. Added up, said police, the three thefts represent a loss of nearly $12,000 in stolen wheels and tires. The incidents remain under investigation.
WHAT IS SO RARE AS A FINE MAY DAY?
Just after 5 p.m. May 21, a Peabody police officer checked on the well-being of a person lying on the ground at East End Peabody Veterans Memorial Park on Walnut Street. It was one of those rare recent days when the temperature actually broke 60 — barely — and it turns out the person in repose was doing just fine, thank you, “enjoying,’’ as the officer put it, “the sunny day.”
SWEET AND SOUR
At 9:27 a.m. May 23, police were called to a disturbance involving a man and a woman at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1 in Norwood. According to the log entry, the unruly pair were said to be “throwing trash around and bothering customers.” Indeed, one of the officers soon dtermined, this was all about the disposal of trash: One customer had reportedly dumped a packet of sugar out in the parking lot, annoying another patron to no end. The dispute did indeed end, but only after officers spoke to the two, made sure the parking lot was cleaned up, and sent them on their way.
WHY DON’T WE LEAVE IT ON THE ROAD?
Kind of amazing what can end up on public roadways, no? A few recent examples: Just after 6 a.m. April 29, a motorist called Peabody police to report spotting a loveseat in middle of the intersection of Lowell and Prospect streets. That city’s Department of Public Works removed it. On May 19, someone driving with a trailer in tow called Stow police to report that a ping pong table had come loose and slid onto the road near Hillcrest Avenue; the caller managed to slide it off the roadway and promised to remove it shortly. In Marblehead May 24, something a good deal more difficult for drivers to spot spilled onto a road: nails. It happened that morning at the intersection of of Spring and Elm streets, when a contractor dropped boxes of them. Police asked the Department of Public Works to clean up the hazardous mess.
DON’T MIND IF I DO
Just before 10 p.m. May 16, the manager of Emma’s Pub & Pizza in Bridgewater called police to ask for assistance. A customer, it seems, but not of the paying variety, “was helping himself to a tap behind the bar.” The manager wanted to place a no-trespass order on the guy, but by the time an officer arrived, the freeloader had had his fill and departed.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.