Wellesley Police log: construction equipment goes missing; unwanted texts; Grove Street suspicions

Wellesley police stationWellesley Police Log Week of 11/20/17-11/26/17


On November 20, 2017 at 9:21 a.m. Officer K. Poirier spoke with a male party at the police station who stated that he visiting with a friend in Wellesley for the holiday week and that his prescription medication was inadvertently thrown in the trash.   He had a week’s worth of Vyvanse and Guanfacine.  His physician was willing to replace the medication if a police report was filed. 

On November 20, 2017 at 2:21 p.m. Officer Lindelof was dispatched to a business on Worcester Street for a report of construction equipment missing from the worksite.  The male party stated that an 8’ Avalanche pusher and Caterpillar bucket construction attachments were taken from the site.  Officer Lindelof reviewed the security video and observed a gray dump truck leaving the property with the two pieces on construction equipment in the bed of the truck on Sunday, November 19th at 9:57 a.m.  The vehicle’s registration was not legible in the video.  The reporting party did not recognize the vehicle.  He indicated he will put security measures in place to prevent future thefts.  The suspect was unable to be identified.

On November 20, 20117 at 3:43 p.m. Officer Kane was dispatched to a residence on Greylock Road for a report of a stolen package.  The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.

On November 20, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. Detective McLaughlin spoke with a female reporting party on Woodcliff Road who stated when she returned home she noticed that some items in her garage had been moved and she was concerned someone had forced entry into the garage.   The reporting party showed Detective McLaughlin a garage window that appeared to have a broken lock.  He inspected it and it looked as though it had been damaged at some point in the past.  She did not believe anyone had gained access to the house from the garage and did not notice that anything was missing.  Due to a previous incident of harassment she was concerned that someone had attempted to gain entry to the garage.  She was advised to contact the police department in the future if she had any concerns.

On November 21, 2017 at 3:00 a.m. while Officer Dennehy was conducting security checks he noticed that a parking meter in the River Street Municipal lot was lying on the ground.  It appeared as someone had dug up the base of the meters.  He notified a department of public works employee who indicated they were aware that the meter had been struck and they would repair it.

On November 23, 2017 at 12:05 a.m. Officer Knapp was dispatched to a residence for a possible drug overdose.  The female party appeared to be in respiratory distress.  One dose of Narcan was administered and officers provided medical assistance until the paramedics arrived and the party was transported to the hospital.

On November 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Officer Gerard was dispatched to a business on Grove Street for a report of a prior suspicious incident that the shop owner had captured on video.  He showed Officer Gerard video footage from the previous day when a male party approached the business at 5:49 p.m., rang the doorbell and looked around and then illuminated the doorway with a small flashlight.  There was no damage to the business.  Officer Gerard advised the shop owner that he had encountered this same male party at 7:04 p.m. on November 23rd and learned that he was a homeless man that had gotten on the wrong commuter rail train.  He was attempting to collect enough fare money to return to Boston.  Officer Gerard contacted the Pine Street Inn and the man was transported there.

On November 23, 2017 at 3:25 a.m. Officer Gerard spoke with a resident about an overdue 23 year old family member.  The reporting party stated that her daughter took the train into Boston at 4:45 p.m. and had not returned home as expected and was not answering her phone.  Officer Gerard learned that her friend resides in Wayland and contacted the Wayland Police Department who located her at her friend’s house.

On November 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Officer D. Popovski was dispatched to conduct a well-being check on a resident.  A female party had contacted the police department stating that the individual wanted to harm herself.  Officer Popovski spoke with the individual who stated she was fine and she was receiving unwanted text messages from the female party.  She had previously told the female party not to contact her.  Officer Popovski contacted the reporting party and advised her to refrain from contacting the individual and advised her that continued contact could result in a harassment prevention order being sought.


On November 23, 2017 at 1:14 a.m. Officer Knapp was dispatched to the area of Worcester Street near Donizetti Street for a report of an erratic operator.    Officer Knapp located the white Honda utility exiting Worcester Street onto Washington Street.  He observed the vehicle straddling both lanes at the red light on Worcester Street at Washington Street.   Once the light turned green the vehicle remained at the light through the green cycle and once the light turned red again it made a right hand turn against signage prohibiting a right on red.  The vehicle was unable to maintain its lane as it travelled west on Washington Street onto Cliff Road.  The operator repeatedly accelerated and would then brake quickly.  Officer Knapp stopped the vehicle on Cliff Road and spoke with the operator, who appeared to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech when he spoke.  Officer Knapp detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the operator and the vehicle.  The operator indicated he was coming from Arlington and that he was an Uber driver picking up a passenger.  He denied consuming any alcoholic beverages.  Officer Knapp observed a water bottle in the vehicle and asked the driver what was in the bottle.  He stated it was water and handed it to Officer Knapp.  Officer Knapp opened the bottle and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage in the bottle.  The operator agreed to take field sobriety test.  He was unsteady on his feet exiting the cruiser.  He took and failed three field sobriety tests.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on personal recognizance.

On November 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Officer D. Popovski was on patrol in the area of Worcester Street and Washington Street when he observed a black hatch back parked on the side of the roadway in a parking space with its engine running.   As he drove past the vehicle he observed the operator’s head to be facing down as if he were texting.  At approximately 5:30 p.m. Officer Popovski returned to the area and observed that the same vehicle was parked in the same spot and the operator of the vehicle still appeared to be looking down.  Officer Popovski approached the vehicle to check on the driver’s well-being.   Officer Popovski observed a plastic bag with a white substance on the operator’s lap and a blue colored straw.  The operator appeared to be asleep or passed out with drool coming from his mouth.  Officer Popovski began to bang on the window in an attempt to wake the operator.  Initially the operator was unresponsive.   The doors to the vehicle were locked.   Officer Popovski was eventually able to wake the operator.  He denied consuming any narcotics or alcohol.  A query of his personal information revealed that his driver’s license was suspended and there was an active default warrant issued by Lowell District Court for motor vehicle related charges for his arrest.    He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on bail.  Prior to inventorying the vehicle officers asked the man if there was anything in the vehicle that they needed to be aware of.  He indicated that there was not.  When asked if the white substance on his lap was hazardous he indicated it was not.  When asked what the substance was, he indicated it was “dope”.  Officers located hypodermic needles and Narcan in the vehicle.  The man was later released on bail.

On November 26, 2017 at 11:10 p.m. Officer Shore was conducting traffic enforcement on Washington Street when he observed a white Ford pickup and conducted a random query of the vehicle’s registration.  The query revealed that the owner of the vehicle’s license was revoked and there was a warrant for his arrest issued by Peabody District Court for uttering a false check.  Officer Shore stopped the vehicle on Worcester Street near Audubon Road and spoke with the operator and owner of the vehicle.   His license status and the warrant were confirmed with the Emergency Communications Center.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and held on bail.

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