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.
UTTER UBER CONFUSION
At 12:45 a.m. Feb. 19, a man told Watertown police that he drove up to the front of the New Yorker Diner on Mt. Auburn Street and a guy he didn’t know suddenly opened the passenger side door and hopped inside his car. An argument ensued, and the driver said his unwanted passenger struck him with an open hand. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the source of confusion: The eager passenger had contacted Uber, the online ride service, and thought his wheels had arrived. He acknowledged arguing with the driver but denied hitting him, and an eyewitness corroborated his side of the story. Next time, let’s hope he checks the license plate of his rideshare before hopping in.
NO SHEET CAKE FOR HIM
At 11:20 a.m. Feb. 24, Milford police received a call from the University of Massachusetts Police Department in Worcester requesting a well-being check on an employee who hadn’t called or showed up to work for two weeks. Officers went to the man’s home and found him to be just fine. Seems he’d found a new job and apparently failed to relay that piece of news to his now former colleagues.
WHO NEEDS UBER? HELP YOURSELF!
Here’s a classic example of a crime that could have been easily prevented. It happened Feb. 8 in Brookline, when a man parked his car on Lawton Street and left it unlocked — with the key still in the ignition — and then ran off to run an errand on Harvard Street. When he returned three to five minutes later, he was just in time to watch his gray Honda Civic being driven away.
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
At 12:41 a.m. Feb. 19, a police officer noticed a man walking around on North Street in Salem and yelling. When the officer approached and asked why, it turned out the guy had accidentally locked himself out of his apartment. He was advised to call a friend and keep the noise down.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR?
On Feb. 14, a woman walked into the Burlington police station and said a male resident of her apartment complex left a Valentine’s Day card on her vehicle. Not that she wanted the police to intercede in any way, mind you, but she did ask officers to log the incident. Do we detect a level of wariness that might give Cupid pause?
ALL IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Just before 9 a.m. Feb. 7, someone called Burlington police to report that a person apparently attached to a yellow parachute had landed in the woods near the intersection of Burlington Mall Road and Cambridge Street. When police arrived, what they actually found was a whole lot different — a yellow balloon had apparently floated down behind a Cambridge Street home.
KEEP IT DOWN, ACTION HERO
Just after 11 p.m. Jan. 20, Bridgewater police received a call complaining about a man yelling and punching walls in an apartment building. The officer who responded to the scene tracked the guy down, and reported that the noisy one had merely gotten excited about a movie and “decided to role play.”
At 1:37 p.m. Feb. 23, a man walked into the Norwood police station to report that his car, which he had parked at Norwood Plaza on Nahatan Street, had gone missing. Police were dispatched to check on the scene of the supposed crime, and much to the guy’s relief, quickly located the car: He’d simply forgotten where he’d parked.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.