Wellesley Police log: Make-up artist sniffs out a scam; briefly missing children; still missing bike and cars

Wellesley police stationWellesley Police log for Week of 05/14/18-05/20/18

Incidents

On May 15, 2018 at 3:10 p.m. Officer R. Poirier spoke with a male party who stated his bicycle had been stolen from the bike rack at Wellesley High School.  He stated he had locked his bike there on May 5th and went back to retrieve it today and it was no longer there.  He described the bike as an orange and black Trek valued at $500.  There are no suspects.

On May 14, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Officer Dixon spoke with a female reporting party who stated she is a make-up artist and was hired by a potential client for a wedding.  They agreed to a fee of $300 for her services and she received a check for $1,950 with a request to cash the check and forward $1,650 to the wedding planner.  She became suspicious that it was a scam and did not forward the money.   A query of the email addresses used by the client and wedding planner showed they were used for a similar type of scam in the past.  The reporting party did not suffer a financial loss.

On May 16, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. Officer Joseph spoke with a female reporting party regarding two rings that she had lost.  The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.

On May 16, 2018 at 10:44 a.m. Officer Kane spoke with a female reporting party in regards to suspicious phone calls that had been received by an individual stating they were from Fed Ex and were calling to schedule a time to deliver a package.  The caller asked when the reporting party would be home so she could deliver the package.  She had not previously received scheduling phone calls for package deliveries in the past and called a family member to discuss the call.  While she was speaking with the family member they received a call from the same phone number with the caller asking for that family member and when he confirmed it was him that answered the phone the caller hung up.  The reporting party stated that another family member had been the victim of identity theft the previous year and they felt this was possibly related.   Officer Kane attempted to call the phone number that showed on the caller ID, but it is not a functioning number.  Officer Kane is investigating.

On May 16, 2018 at 12:37 p.m. Officer Joseph was dispatched to the Hardy School for a report of a child that had run away from his mother.  The child was located a few minutes later and reunited with his mother.

On May 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Officer Joseph spoke with a male reporting party about a family member who had taken his motor vehicle without his authorization over a week ago and has not returned the vehicle and is not returning phone calls.  A stolen motor vehicle report was entered into the state NCIC system for the vehicle.

On May 11, 2018 at 11:47 a.m. Officer Rosenberg was contacted by a teacher from the Wellesley Middle School regarding a bicycle that was found near the Sprague Field.  He advised the teacher to bring the bicycle to the school office to see if a student reported their bicycle as missing.  On May 17th nobody had claimed the bicycle so it was transported to the police station to be held as lost property.

On May 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Officer Lindelof spoke to a female reporting party regarding a stolen motor vehicle.  The reporting party stated that the vehicle was last seen in her garage on May 6th and she does not frequently use that vehicle.  She indicated it would not have been used by another family member and she had checked with them and they had not loaned the vehicle to anyone.  Officer Lindelof queried the vehicle’s registration number which showed that the Needham Police Department had also queried the vehicle’s registration number on 3 occasions.  He contacted the Needham Police Department and learned the vehicle had been in a parking lot in their town for several days and it was towed.  Officer Lindelof spoke with the reporting party on May 20th at which time she reported that she had driven the vehicle on May 6th and had gotten a ride home from a friend and forgotten she had taken that vehicle as she does not drive it often.

On May 20, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Woodland Road for a report of a missing 3-year-old child.  The reporting party stated it had been several minutes since she last saw the child.  The child was located a few minutes later inside the residence.

Arrests

On May 14, 2018 at 6:28 p.m. Officer Griffin was on patrol on Grove Street when he observed a Ford pickup truck and conducted a random query of the vehicle’s registration.  The query showed that the registered owner’s license was suspended.  Officer Griffin stopped the vehicle and confirmed that the operator was the registered owner.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on bail.

On May 15, 2018 at 5:15 a.m. Officer D’Innocenzo was on patrol on Washington Street when he observed Buick sedan and conducted a random query of the vehicle’s registration which showed an active warrant for the registered owner issued by Stoughton District Court for motor vehicle related charges.   He stopped the vehicle on Washington Street near Chapel Place and spoke with the operator and registered owner.   She was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner and later released on personal recognizance.

On May 20, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. Officer DiCenso was on patrol on Worcester Street near Washington Street when she observed a Mercedes sedan traveling east veer into the breakdown lane on multiple occasions.  She stopped the vehicle on Worcester Street near Mulherin Lane and spoke with the operator.  He indicated he did not have a driver’s license.  A query of his information revealed there were three active warrants issued by Hingham District Court and Stoughton District Court for motor vehicle related offenses.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights held without bail.

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