Woof woof from the roof

Stow Police Department
When a dog ascended to the roof of a house in Stow one recent morning, police were called in.

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.


The image is almost as old as the camera: a cat stranded in a tree or other lofty perch, a rescuer ascending via ladder, a happy reunion back on terra firma. But do dogs ever manage to get themselves into such predicaments? Why, yes they do! Take the case in Stow at 11 a.m. one recent morning, when a rather large canine managed to climb to the highest point on the roof of a house on Red Acre Road. Arriving officers were told the dog had pushed open a second-story window before making its ascent. Just how the rescue was managed is unclear — the lure of treats, perhaps? — but police reported the dog was soon safe and sound.


Police are investigating a rather interesting report of shoplifting at an Abington 7-Eleven May 18. According to the website, a man allegedly helped himself to three fidget spinners. The trendy hand-held toys, which are supposed to relieve stress, aren’t exactly iPhones: A quick Internet search shows some retailing for as low as $1. But when the store clerk noticed what was happening and attempted to intervene, according to police, the suspect reacted by throwing a sandwich in the clerk’s face. Surveillance photos of that suspect have been posted on


At 10: 23 p.m. June 2, Peabody police received a noise complaint from a resident of Shore Drive who reported that some neighbors were yelling. Such items are a dime a dozen in police log books, of course, but what makes this one stand out is that the neighbors were so worked up, according to the entry, that the source of their agitation was now quite public — a home loan they didn’t get.



Ever have one of those days when you forget just what you were supposed to get at the store, or once you step out intto the parking lot, just what set of wheels you’d used to get there? From the sound of a report logged by Milford police on the afternoon of May 30, a Hopkinton man did. The guy called police from the Lowe’s home improvement store on Fortune Boulevard to report that someone had stolen his truck while he was shopping. An officer was promptly dispatched to the scene of the supposed crime, but the call was cancelled en route, and for good reason: The man called back because he suddenly remembered: He had driven his wife’s vehicle to Lowe’s.


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At 7:24 p.m. May 18,a woman called Marblehead police to report she could “see a person on the roof of a house on Ruby Avenue practicing karate.” The caller told police she was worried the person might be at risk, presumably of a fall. An officer was dispatched and was soon able to report that the rooftop one was (a) perfectly fine, and (b) not doing karate at all, but instead “practicing for a dance.”


At 9:47 p.m. May 26, a man walked into the Bridgewater police station with a pair of handcuffs shackled to one of his wrists. He told officers that he found the old cuffs in his basement and decided to try them on, then realized he didn’t have a key. Police soon freed him and sent him on his way, but not before checking to make see if there were any warrants out for his arrest. A bird in hand . . .

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