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BLOTTER TALES

Hey, there’s a raccoon on my leg

A raccoon climbed up a Pembroke pine tree last year. More recently, one latched onto a Salem woman’s leg. (Boston Globe Staff photo/John Tlumacki)
A raccoon climbed up a Pembroke pine tree last year. More recently, one latched onto a Salem woman’s leg. (Boston Globe Staff photo/John Tlumacki)John Tlumacki

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.

Raccoon attack

Just before 5 p.m. Oct. 22, Salem police responded to Chestnut Street to deal with an unusual attack: a raccoon on a human. A woman told police that while she and her husband were outside, a large raccoon grabbed her by the leg. She and her husband were able to kick the creature away and she didn’t suffer any injuries. The animal ran off. Police were unable to locate it, but they notified the animal control officer of the incident.

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No laughing matter

Around 8 p.m. Oct. 19, Norwood police received a call alerting them that someone was running around in a clown mask with scissors at the Stop & Shop on Route 1. Unlike so many such local reports of late, this one proved all too real: Officers who responded discovered that there was indeed a young man so dressed and behaving as described. More than that, they quickly learned that the the 24-year-old clown was the subject of an arrest warrant out of Dedham District Court. He was promptly taken into custody.

Scammed in Salem

Some kinds of online fraud happen more often than you might think. Just before 8 a.m. Oct. 22, a man came into the Salem police station to report that he was scammed while trying to sell a piano online. He told police that a potential customer contacted him to purchase the piano and the two agreed on price. He said he received a check for $25,000 with instructions to cash the check and then send $2,000 back to the buyer’s bank account in order to complete the sale. He followed the instructions and only later discovered that the big check had bounced and the $2,000 he sent was already gone. Police filed a report on the matter and directed the victim to his bank for further assistance.

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A young man and his dog

Around 8:40 p.m. Sept. 24, Transit Police officers responded to the Wonderland MBTA station in Revere for a report of an aggressive pit bull on a bus. When they arrived, the bus driver said he and some of the passengers felt unsafe due to the dog’s behavior. Officers approached the dog’s owner, a 19-year-old man from Dorchester, and asked him to get off the bus, promising they’d assist him with alternate means of transportation. But the guy, according to police, would have none of it, got unruly and threatening, (“Do you want to eat them?” he asked the dog at one point, indicating the officers), and refused to get off. Soon, police say, the other passengers were transferred onto another bus, the guy got off the bus, made more threats, and refused to leave the station. He was finally subdued, arrested, and charged with assault, trespassing, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance. The dog was released to a female companion.

Mass shoplifting

Natick police are looking for a group of shoplifters who took quite a haul from the Apple store there on a recent Wednesday evening. Police said the seven young men and women wore hoodies and hats to shield their identities. Surveillance video shows them entering the Natick Mall and going to the store, where they surrounded an area where iPhones are on display. Police said the group cut the security cords off 19 phones and then ran out of the store with their loot, estimated to be worth more than $13,000. Police believe the group may be connected with a similar orchestrated theft that occurred in Hingham a few weeks ago.

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Odd thefts

Did you hear about the one, reported in the Globe Oct. 19, involving two domesticated goats stolen brazenly in Milford? They had escaped from their enclosure and been corralled by neighbors when two men showed up in red pickup truck, falsely claimed ownership, and drove off with the animals. Hardly the only odd theft in these parts lately, or the only one involving an animal: On Oct. 14, a pig was reportedly lifted from Den Besten Farm in Bridgewater. No word on the animal’s weight or how much heavy lifting was involved. At least the Quincy heist on Sept. 16 involved lighter fare: In that case, two beer kegs were stolen in the Marina Bay area, but the kegs were empty.


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