If you grow it, they will steal

Bridgewater Police Department
Bridgewater police say a trail camera caught this image of a blue pickup truck loaded with corn taken from a field off Summer Street.

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.


In the early morning hours of Aug. 10, Northborough police received a report that a vehicle on Lyman Street caused damage to a farm when it drove through a cornfield. That driver, though, apparently didn’t have crop larceny on his or her mind. In Bridgewater, however, a man contacted police just before 3 p.m. Sept. 16 to report that someone had stolen cornstalks from his cornfields on Summer Street. Police tweeted out images from a trail camera that show someone in a blue pickup truck driving into the cornfield and leaving with a bunch of cornstalks piled in the back of the truck.


We reported over the course of the summer on several instances of edible products being used as projectiles or to vandalize vehicles. And the food just keeps on flying. Most cases involve fairly standard food items. In Norton, for instance, a woman told police that three kids on bicycles threw an apple at her house Aug. 17. In Dedham Aug. 26, eggs were reportedly tossed at a house on Fairbanks Road. Oh, and did we mention drinks? In Saugus Sept. 11, a man told officers his neighbor had hurled a coffee cup at his car because he didn’t like where he’d parked it. That same day, a Bridgewater woman told police that she’d gotten into a dispute with her husband that devolved into beer-throwing. In terms of unexpected menu options, though, two incidents probably take the cake. On June 20, a Beverly woman told police that someone had dumped pasta — it’s unclear whether tomato sauce was involved — onto her 2001 Volkswagen Passat. And at 5:40 p.m. Sept 10, a woman called from Azalea Lane in Peabody to tell police that someone had decorated her vehicle with a similar item: macaroni and cheese.


At 8:53 p.m. Sept. 13, Stow police received a call about a suspicious car in the parking lot of a Dunkin’ Donuts. The caller told police that a man was sitting in his silver Toyota with his lights off for about three hours, and that “he does this frequently, and she isn’t sure why he is there.” Officers were dispatched to the scene, spoke to the man, and reported back that there was nothing to worry about: Yes, the guy explained, he does park there frequently, but with good reason — “he is wasting time before going home.”



On the afternoon of Sept. 15, police were called after a 60-year-old man backed up his van at a 7-Eleven gas station on Cranberry Highway in Wareham and “inadvertently struck and knocked over the gas pump.” Officers and firefighters arriving at the scene found that the fire suppression system had been activated when the pump was hit. Luckily for the driver, no one was hurt and police did not issue a citation.


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If you’re trying to curry favor with your significant other’s parents, it’s probably best to stay out of jail. Sadly, a young Salem man took just the opposite tack Sept. 2. It happened around 4 a.m., when police checked on a report of a suspicious person at the intersection of Canal and Washington streets. It turned out that the 19-year-old man lived nearby on Cabot Street, about a quarter of a mile away, and according to the police report, he boasted to officers that he’d stolen something from someone’s porch “to impress his girlfriend’s parents, whom do not look at him favorably.” This so impressed the officers that he was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, which we suspect made quite the impression on the would-be in-laws.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.