Blotter Tales

A sampling of incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.

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Adding insult to injury is such a drag

A professional dog-walker has a very bad day in Stow, a customer throws ice at a McDonald’s in Norwood, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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An alligator, python, and tarantulas check into a hotel . . .

Exotic animals are taken into custody in Framingham, clothing mysteriously vanishes in Brookline, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Fugitive ferret caught jaywalking

A ferret is found wandering in Salem, sheep sounds are reported in Bridgewater, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Where the graffiti borrow from the classics

A man streaks outside a grocery store in Revere, some interesting graffiti is found in Belmont, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Stuck in the mud, sucked into the ocean

An SUV ends up in the ocean, an alligator sighting is reported, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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A bronze book thief is sought in Hull

A beloved sculpture is vandalized, a group of ghost hunters get in trouble, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Check out this parking job

A woman drives onto cars in a parking lot, an inflatable unicorn is rescued, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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A surprise visitor is shown the door

A raccoon shows up at someone’s home, the search for missing cars at the mall, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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A boa constrictor is lost (and then found) in Saugus

A snake escapes in Saugus, police receive singing complaints, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Turtles, and groundhogs, and skunks, oh, my!

A turtle and skunk are rescued, Wiffle balls are taken hostage, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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‘Driving’ toddler gets out of a ticket with ‘cuteness warning’

An officer makes an interesting traffic stop, a Kmart shopper allegedly does some drug dealing as he shops, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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The hotel guest had eight legs

A tarantula makes a guest appearance, raccoons scare the heck out of a homeowner, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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The creatures of summer, from cows to Pokemon, hit the streets

Cows get loose and roam the streets, a woman finds a surprise in her mailbox, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping

An SUV is found in Buzzards Bay, a man flipping tables offers police a unique rationale, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm?

Goats go on the lam, an apparent sleepwalker wakes up in his neighbor’s house, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Where the animals own the streets

A man reports a new kind of gaming loss, a groundhog loiters on the stoop of someone’s house, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Baby seen drinking beer at a sports bar

A toddler is seen imbibing an adult beverage, a man climbs into a Dunkin’ Donuts shop through the drive-through window, and other odd tales from local police departments.

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Help! Your (fill in the blank) is in trouble

A likely gift card scam is averted, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Cleanliness can have its downside

A man accidentally throws his passport away, a hotel guest is reported sunbathing in the nude, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Mother’s Day lilac thief caught redhanded — well, maybe purplehanded

Police confront an alleged flower thief, a woman finds something strange inside a new pair of boots, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Beware those tricky thieves

Thieves use sneaky tactics to steal, a beaver is rescued from a swimming pool, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Someone’s unlocking my door . . .

An Airbnb customer shows up at the wrong house, two brothers are charged with looting a comic book store, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Great dance moves, now move on

A man is seen dancing in a peculiar place, a report of a severed head proves only partially accurate, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Badminton game sets off alarms

Badminton birdies set off the alarms at a school, a baby is born in a driveway, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Saving the world, one skunk at a time

A tattoo shop has an unintended special, a sergeant saves a skunk, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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The last thing you want to happen at a gas station

A gas station attendant makes the ultimate faux pas, reports of break-ins in Marblehead and Brookline lead to vastly different outcomes, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Count on the cops to flush out the problem

Toilet flushings cause distress, a football fan jumps on a moving train, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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When the weather outside is frightful, neighbors can be, too

Neighbors fight over snow, a woman hears strange sounds outside her window, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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When a Patriots’ meet-and-greet goes awry

Police are called to a Milford supermarket when a meet-and-greet with a Patriots star goes awry, a car buyer in Marblehead has big regrets, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Baa baa stuck sheep, what’s with the bucket?

A raccoon traps someone inside a house, a sheep gets a bucket stuck on its head, and other odd tales from local police blotters.