Blotter Tales

Bombing out in Brookline

Brookline Police
A Brookline man brought this old mortar shell to the police station Aug. 23.

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.


Police departments are used to being on the receiving end of all sorts of strange lost-and-found items, but a particularly memorable — and potentially dangerous — one turned up in Brookline recently. It happened on the morning of Aug. 23, when a resident strolled into the police station and informed an officer at the front desk that he’d found an ammunition shell in his basement that he wanted to turn in. And then, probably much to the officer’s surprise, the man reached into his bag and pulled out the old mortar round. Immediately the officer had to secure the scene, everyone had to be evacuated from the building, and the Brookline Fire Department and Boston Police Bomb Squad were notified. When the bomb squad showed up, they determined that it was, thankfully, deactivated. Detectives and officers went to the man’s home to check for any other artillery that might be tucked away in the cellar, but came up empty. The man was advised that if he ever found anything like that again, he should contact police immediately and — this is important — leave it where it is.


A man accused of robbing a gas station in Weymouth Aug. 22 was caught by police in his underwear. Police said the robbery occurred at a Citgo gas station on Route 18 in Weymouth. After it occurred, the attendant ran across the street and asked the owner of a liquor store to call police. The suspect, who was wearing a bandana over his face, stole coins and two packs of cigarettes and then was seen jumping over a fence into a nearby condo complex, according to the police report. Soon afterward an officer found the suspect on Fountain Lane standing near a blue Toyota Camry and “wearing only a pair of underwear,” the police report states. The officer then watched him “crawl into the backseat of the Toyota Camry and cover himself with a blanket.” The 23-year-old suspect, who had three outstanding warrants, was charged with armed robbery and larceny.


At 2:52 a.m. Aug. 8, Beverly police checked on a report of an unwanted person, possibly homeless, sleeping in a bathroom at an office building on Cummings Center Drive. Officers arriving at the scene found someone dozing in the restroom, all right: an employee of a telecommunications firm located in the building. Police informed the sleepy guy that the restroom wasn’t the proper place to take a nap, and sent him on his way.



On July 23, Revere police were called to quell a dispute between neighbors that was turning nasty. What were they bickering over? According to police, one tenant accused another of smoking cigarettes and purposefully blowing the smoke into her apartment just to annoy her. Police said the situation had deteriorated to the point that the two feuding parties said they were headed to court.


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The old notion of pulling up a welcome wagon laden with gifts at a new neighbor’s house was turned on its head recently in Peabody. There, a man who had just recently purchased a property alerted police on the morning of Aug. 7 that someone had stolen his lawn ornaments overnight. His collection, which included statues, pink flamingos, and other plastic animals, was valued at $100.

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