Thou shalt not covet thy storage-facility neighbor’s goods

Tewksbury Police Department
This autographed picture of the Jason character from “Friday the 13th" was among the many allegedly stolen items police recovered from a Tewksbury storage unit.

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.


A 30-year-old Leicester man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a slew of items from other patrons of a storage facility in Tewksbury. The alleged thefts occurred at Simply Self Storage at 470 Main St. Police say the suspect, who had his own storage unit there, stole from other people’s lockers and then stockpiled the stolen loot in his own storage unit. When police executed a search warrant, they said, they found all kinds of items in the guy’s unit, many of them of the sort you’d expect: snowboard, tent, sleeping bags, Keurig coffee maker, binoculars, tools, fishing rods and tackle, golf clubs, remote controls, backpacks and bags, even a Christmas tree stand. Others were more unique. Anyone missing an autographed picture of horror movie star Jason from “Friday the 13th?” That’s not entirely a joke: Police are now trying to figure out who all the stuff belongs to. In an effort to track down the rightful owners, photos of the unit’s contents have been posted on the department’s page at On March 25, the suspect was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $250. Police say additional charges are pending.


A few minutes before 8 a.m. March 20, Stow police received a call from a woman living on Gleasondale Road who said a red truck had broken down in front of her house and the man driving it asked if he could buy some gas from her. She was, unfortunately, flat out. But officers responding to the scene reported that the motorist had better luck getting gas from someone else in town and was quickly on his way.


Just before midnight March 17, Beverly police responded to a noise complaint coming from the resident of an apartment building on Rantoul Street. There was, they were told, “loud stomping coming from unit 9.” When police arrived at the reputed scene of the stomping, its lone resident conceded he’sd been doing some rapping, and he promised to keep the noise down. At an even more ungodly hour March 25, a guest at the Extended Stay America hotel in Burlington called 911 to report that someone in the room above him “was throwing stuff around and yelling.” Given the hour — it happened to be 4:21 a.m. — his seemed an understandable complaint. Officers tracked down the noisy guest, who turned out to be wearing headphones and singing. The crooner was advised to maintain a reasonable volume.



Just before 9 p.m. March 16, Bridgewater police received a 911 call from a man who reported that someone was breaking into the house. Moments later, he called back: Never mind, he said — It was just his father letting himself in.


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At 10:23 a.m. March 25, a woman informed Burlington police that someone had thrown raw chicken on her SUV. Police documented the incident, but here’s the good news: Unlike many forms of vehicle vandalism, police reported this variation left no visible signs of damage.

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