Blotter Tales

This robber was not funny

Paramount Pictures/Bridgewater Police Department

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.


If you’ve ever seen the animated TV series “South Park,” you may recall a character named Kenny who always wears his hood drawn so tightly around his face that that you can only see his eyes. That’s precisely the disguise that a bank robber used in Bridgewater recently. On Jan. 4, police in that town got a 911 call reporting that a man brandished a knife at Eastern Bank on Main Street and left with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect was described as being between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a black hoodie that was drawn extremely tight (check out the photo), dark pants, dark sneakers, and sunglasses. Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police at 508-697-6118.


At 1:33 a.m. Jan. 28, a Salem police officer was dispatched to check on a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a home on Riverbank Road. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with four young men sitting in the vehicle, asking if they lived in the neighborhood. No, the driver replied, adding that two of the car’s occupants were Salem State students. What were they up to, the officer inquired. Well, they’d just finished smoking marijuana, the driver replied. And why not do that at school, they were asked. One of the occupants piped up. “Because it is a smoke-free campus,” he said. After checking to make sure the driver was not impaired and that there were no warrants out on any of the four, the officer sent them on their way.


At 12:23 a.m. Jan. 22, a Dolphin Avenue man called Winthrop police to complain about a “large party” that was making so much noise it was keeping him awake. Police were dispatched to the soiree and reported that most of its attendees were elderly. They agreed to turn down the music.



Little ones have a penchant for playing with phones, and occasionally they’ll make calls that they’re not supposed to. On Dec. 22, for example, Stow police answered a 911 call from Barton Road. The dispatcher reported hearing the voice of a small child trying to speak on the other end of the line, and adults could be heard in background. Upon callback, the dispatcher learned that the errant 911 call had been placed by a child who was but 18 months old. About a month later — Jan. 20, to be precise — police in Norwood police took a 911 call from an even younger child — a one-year-old girl, her mother said when the dispatcher called back.


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When you need a car part, one option to consider is to visit your local car dealership. But prices can sometimes be steep at dealerships. Of course, cost is no concern if you’re not actually paying. A few cases in point: On Jan. 13, a tailgate was reported stolen from a truck at the Jack Madden Ford dealership on Route 1 in Norwood. On Jan. 24, both rear tail lights were stolen from a truck at a used car dealership on Newbury Street in Peabody. And then there was the Brookline resident who walked into the station there to report the likely theft of a front license plate, an absence that went undetected until it was time to get the vehicle inspected. In that case, police directed the resident to notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles. And for those who prefer to end with a happy ending, there was the incident in Wakefield Jan. 26, when a man reported that someone had stolen tools from his truck. When officers went to investigate, it turned out that one of the guy’s co-workers had simply misplaced the tools. And while no police report was required, we can file it, if we wish, under sloppiness, not larceny.

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