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.


Animal Control Officer Jeff Collins responded to an interesting call on Feb. 25 after a snake was seen slithering about an apartment building in Mansfield. The 2-foot-long ball python was taken into custody and later given back to its owner. “It was a wild Monday morning!” the Police Department wrote on Facebook. “ACO Collins started the week off with a call for this 2’ ball python who was roaming around an apartment building. We nicknamed him ‘Cuddles’ and, after show-and-tell at roll call and spending the day with ACO Collins in the animal van, Cuddles’s owner called and the pair have been happily reunited.”



On Feb. 17, a senior citizen went into the police station in Norton and told Patrolman Timothy Gariepy about a problem that was happening at home. “The problem was their heat/smoke detectors kept going off,” police wrote on Facebook. That’s when Patrolman Scott Sweeting swung into action. Sweeting went to the resident’s home and checked out the smoke detectors, and after trying several ways to resolve the issue, decided that a faulty thermostat might be to blame. Sweeting then went to the store, bought a new thermostat, returned to the home, and installed it. And just like that, the problem was solved.


At 6:33 p.m. Jan. 11, Watertown police received a report of a stolen package. According to police, the US Postal Service delivered the goods at 2:25 p.m., but when the resident came home about two hours later, the package was nowhere to be found. The resident said the package contained some pricey merchandise, too: a pair of $500 sneakers and a $1,700 fanny pack. (And no, that’s not a typo. We double-checked with Chief Michael Lawn and he confirmed that the missing items were together valued at $2,200).



At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21, police checked on a gray 2007 Ford Focus that was stopped at the intersection of Middlesex Avenue and Wildwood Street in Wilmington. At first it appeared that the vehicle had broken down, but after speaking to the driver, police learned that the car was running just fine. According to the police log entry, it was “an Uber driver who thought it was a good idea to park in an intersection to wait for his pick up.”

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.