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.
ALL IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
On June 9, a woman driving a car called Bridgewater police to report that a motorcyclist traveling in front of her had swerved the cycle, shot video of her, and then, to top things off, thrown a coffee at her car. She told police she was on Plymouth Street and the motorcyclist had since turned off that road and continued elsewhere. Police suggested she pull over to speak with an officer, but she declined. End of incident? Hardly. Soon, another call came in, this time from the motorcyclist, who told a very different tale. The woman had been following far too closely, said the cyclist, and the coffee hadn’t been thrown — it had fallen.
HERE’S TO YOU, DAD
That wasn’t the only cup of coffee to go flying in Bridgewater recently. At 1:43 p.m. May 30, a man walked into the police station to report that his son had thrown a cup of coffee at his vehicle. Police spoke to both father and son and advised them of their options.
CLEAR THE DECK, CANNONBALL COMING!
Just after 11:30 a.m. June 23, a resident called Marblehead police to report hearing what sounded like three gun shots in the vicinity of Cliff Street, which is just off the water of Ladys Cove. Officers were dispatched but found no land-based shooters or victims. Instead, police soon learned from the harbormaster that it was “Pirate Day” on the harbor and “several vessels were firing cannons at each other” — presumably not the damage-inflicting kind. Police notified the caller that there was nothing to worry about; the harbormaster, according to the log entry, was to contact folks at the nearby Boston Yacht Club to ask that the next time they planned such noisy festivities, to please notify local officials beforehand.
IN STOW, SOME LIKE IT HOT
Just after 6 a.m. June 8, an employee of the Stow Acres Country Club called police in Stow to report that someone had broken into the club’s cart facility overnight and made off with a cart, which wound up ditched in a pond. That was a one-time event, but at the town beach, which officially opened June 11, the arrival of warm weather prompted some folks to get a head start on the summer season, repeatedly so. At 2:39 p.m. June 10, with temperatures in the 80s, an officer reported that town-owned kayaks and a pontoon bike were being used by “numerous people” at Lake Boon off Sudbury Road. The watercraft hadn’t been locked up, the officer reported; the recreation department was notified and promised to send someone down to address the issue. Just before 1 p.m. the following day — an even hotter one, with temperatures hitting the 90s — police reported that two town-owned kayaks had been taken out again on the lake, then left on the beach. Once again, police alerted the recreation department.
On May 21, security staffers at a Target store in the Watertown Mall told police they’d observed a young man pocket a pair of auxiliary cables — the kind used on some audio systems — and then help himself to a Red Bull from a cooler and drink it as he left the store — all without paying. A 20-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with shoplifting. On the morning of June 12, Saugus police received a report that a woman had broken into the cologne case at the Walgreens at 1228 Broadway the night before and stolen approximately $900 worth of cologne.
But when it comes to reports of unusual thefts, here’s one that’s downright scary: On May 15, a Watertown man told police he’d parked in front of his home on Watertown Street the night before, then discovered that four out of five lug nuts had been taken from all four of his tires. According to police, the 16 lug nuts were valued at $80.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.