In Hopkinton, a day for all God’s creatures

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For Hopkinton police July 20, a report before 6 a.m. of a runaway horse set the tone for the day.

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.


Hopkinton police had more than their share of animal calls July 20, starting bright and early — 5:40 a.m., to be precise — when an East Main Street woman reported that her horse had gotten loose. That situation resolved itself before officers arrived: Her husband rounded up the runaway. At mid-afternoon, a raccoon managed to become entrapped in a trash barrel on Main Street, leading to a police response and another happy ending. It’s unclear from the log entry whether officers actually needed to take action on this one — tipping the barrel over, perhaps? Then at 6:30 p.m. a man reported a snake in his basement on West Elm Street. and helped him escort the snake out of the cellar and back outside where it belonged. This time, officers definitely played a role, helping the guy coax the critter to better slithering grounds.


When you drop your car off to be repaired, you assume it’ll be there when you go to retrieve it. That wasn’t the case, though, for one motorist who left his purple Porsche for service at a car dealership on Commonwealth Avenue in Brookline earlier this month. The service manager told police that sometime during the day on July 12 a staff member moved the car and left it unlocked with the keys in place, making it easy pickings for a thief who entered the lot later that night. According to police, a surveillance video showed the suspect checking multiple car doors in the parking lot at 2:35 a.m., and when he tried the Porsche — bingo! — he was soon driving off in it onto Harvard Street. Later, when the staff realized what had happened, the service manager contacted police, and the owner was notified that his vehicle was stolen. Detectives were assigned to investigate, but at last report, police said there were no arrests in the case.


Just before 4 p.m. July 19, a Salem officer was sent to Home Depot to handle shoplifting allegations. Loss prevention staff at the store said they’d seen a woman put two cordless drills into her pocketbook. They said they saw a man hand her a third such drill, which they claim she promptly placed in her purse. The pair then proceeded to walk past the register and out the door, according to the staffers, until they were stopped and brought to the loss prevention office. The three drills — taken togethter, they were valued at $287 — were display models and had not been tied down. A 28-year-old man and and 23-year-old woman were arrested and charged with larceny over $250.



Here’s a case of someone who was quick to lay the blame — and wrongly. At 1:11 a.m. July 22, Marblehead police responded to a 911 call from a woman who reported that her neighbor, with whom she’d been having ongoing problems, had just slashed her tires. Officers arrived a few minutes later and inspected those wheels, which hadn’t been slashed at all. Police found a screw — apparently an innocent piece of road debris — stuck in that tire.


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At 9:41 p.m. July 15 Bridgewater police received a call about “an adult riding a kids’ toy car” up Broad Street. Officers dispatched to the scene found a woman with such a vehicle, all right, but on the sidewalk. She told officers she’d bought it for her child, and was soon on her way home with the child’s — or should we say the family’s — new toy.

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