Blotter Tales

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

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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.

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Hey, Joe, have a cup of joe

A couch is tossed off a balcony, boom boxes rule the streets, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Sparks flying, they couldn’t beat the heat

Sparks fly when a van tries to evade police, a truck driver misjudges the height of a bridge, a strange object is found in a department store, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Fight breaks out over lollipop

Two men argue over a lollipop, an art installation is mistaken for vandalism, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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No Victoria’s secret: Video catches man taking bras

A thief steals brassieres, a life-sized deer statue goes missing, and other odd takes from local police blotters.

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Saved in the nick of time

Two young men save an elderly couple from getting hit by a train, a woman accidentally drinks “plant food,” and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Airing out their dirty laundry

A goose is rescued from a river, a fight breaks out over a puzzle, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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How to get your car stolen, in two easy steps

A BMW is borrowed without permission, a guy gets head-butted inside a bar, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Why is that chicken standing in the road?

Police encounter a chicken crossing the road, a dog walk turns ugly, tires disappear from cars, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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A winter wonderland of vandalism

Holiday decorations disappear, snow throws people into a tizzy, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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’Tis the season for thefts and extortion

A man receives a Bitcoin extortion letter, a suspicious item turns out to be anything but, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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O Christmas tree, why can’t I see?

An oversized tree catches the attention of police, how to avoid porch pirates, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Uh, is that a pizza box on your grille?

A driver gets creative with a cardboard license plate, a portable toilet gets tipped over, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Rescuing a raccoon no walk in the park

A raccoon is rescued, a purse is lost, found, and lost again, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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The case of the feathered fugitive

A golden pheasant is lost and then found, a woman gets ditched by her date, a house is toilet-papered, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Pickup truck goes a-splishin’ and a-splashin’

A pickup truck rolls into a swimming pool, a party guest parks badly but redeems himself, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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For Dedham firefighters, a different sort of close call

Dedham’s Engine 4 had to navigate a narrow alleyway to get to a car fire, a late-season swimmer off Marblehead prompts a 911 call, and other odd tales from local police blotters.