Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, 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.
(VERY) UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS
The customer is always right? Well, right or wrong, they sometimes get a tad overheated. On March 29, Quincy police officers were dispatched to a smoke shop on Copeland Street to document the damage allegedly caused by a frequent customer. A shop employee told police that the young man wanted to return a pack of cigars that he’d purchased a few days earlier, claiming they’d become hardened. But the employee said that when he disagreed with that assessment, an argument ensued, climaxing with the guy angrily kicking the door, shattering its glass, as he stormed out. Police posted surveillance images of the smoker on MassMostWanted.org. A similar situation played out on the North Shore July 11, when a 27-year-old Revere man was none too pleased by his banking experience at a TD Bank branch on Broadway in that city. Police said when the man learned he’d been charged an overdraft fee, he became upset and punched the door on his way out, breaking its window. Now he has more than an overdraft fee to worry about, because he was summonsed to court on a charge of malicious destruction of property over $250.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT BONUS? NOT QUITE
On June 7, a young man told Watertown police that he was the victim of an online scam. He told police that he was searching for an internship on a help-wanted website and found an opening at Tufts Health Plan. When he applied for the position, he was told to send his resume, and then received a check for $2,350. He was instructed to deposit the check and send $2,200 to a Bank of America bank account. After doing so, he received another check for $4,450 and was asked to repeat the process. By that time, he suspected something was fishy, and he was right: Both checks were bogus. The young job-seeker quickly realized that he’d been bilked out of $2,200, according to police. Police said officials at Tufts Health Plan never posted a job listing on the website, and they had no idea who was behind the scam. This type of money transfer scheme happens all too often, so job hunters should be wary. The Federal Trade Commission says you should never send money to a person who asks you to deposit a check and send some of the money back, because the check is probably fake.
ADVENTURES IN SHOPLIFTING
Police are turning to the public for help in identifying several suspects said to have swiped merchandise from local businesses. One such incident occurred May 12 in Westwood, when a woman allegedly loaded up her vehicle with plants at a supermarket, then went inside and filled up her purse with additional items. Surveillance images of the woman, who police say got away with about $350 in merchandise, can be viewed on the website MassMostWanted.org. Another instance took place July 20, when a man allegedly stole two air conditioners from Ocean State Job lot in Dedham. Photos of the guy, similarly, have been posted to MassMostWanted.org. And last but not least, Natick police are looking for a couple who reportedly helped themselves to $7,500 worth of wallets at the Natick Mall on Aug. 1. Police posted a video on Facebook that shows the man and woman walking into the mall, and then browsing in the unnamed store, where the man appears to quickly take items off a shelf and place them into his companion’s oversized tote bag. “As you view the video, you will note they are excellent practitioners of the art of concealment,” police wrote on Facebook. “Our young man removes several items and places them in a bag all while using his female counterpart as a shield from view of the clerks. If you will note she even spreads her arms outward to grant him additional cloaking while plying his craft.”
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