Wellesley Police log: Suspected Shih Tzu puppy scam; contractor unwelcome; spare key mystery

Wellesley police stationWellesley Police log for the week of 5/21/18 to 5/27/18

 

Arrests

On May 21, 2018 at 10:35 a.m. Officer Shore was conducting traffic enforcement on Worcester Street near Bancroft Road when he observed a Dodge Pickup truck pass his location.  He conducted a random query of the vehicle’s registration which showed that the owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license.  Officer Shore stopped the truck and spoke with the operator and owner and requested his license and registration.  The driver indicated that he did not have a driver’s license and provided Officer Shore with the vehicle registration.  The query Officer Shore had conducted showed that the driver’s license had been suspended in 2011.  The operator was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later transported to Dedham District Court.

On May 25, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Officer Dennehy was on patrol when he observed a Chevrolet van with defective lights.  He then observed the van traveling east on Worcester Street cross from the right travel lane into the left passing lane and back into the right travel lane without signaling.  He stopped the vehicle on Worcester Street near Rockland Street and spoke with the operator.  A query of his information showed that he did not possess a driver’s license and there was an active warrant issued by the Worcester District Court for motor vehicle related offenses as well as a warrant issued in Pennsylvania.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and held without bail until he was transported to Dedham District Court.

Incident

On May 21, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. Officer Kane spoke with a male reporting party at the police station regarding a possible scam.  The male party sold a book through Amazon – Abebooks for $50 and later received a check for $900 and a request to send the remainder of the check.  The reporting party did not deposit the check into his account; he became suspicious and wanted advice on how to proceed.  Officer Kane advised him it was best to contact the buyer and advise him that he was cancelling the transaction and notifying the police.

On May 21, 2018 at 11:04 p.m. Officer Keenan spoke with a female reporting party at the police station who stated on May 18th she parked her car in the parking lot for her apartment building on Cedar Street and locked it.  She stated when she returned to the car on May 19th a computer keyboard that was on the back seat of the vehicle was missing and she did not observe any signs of forced entry into the vehicle.  She stated that she had lost the spare key to her vehicle several months ago and suspected that another resident in her apartment building may have it and has entered her vehicle in the past and removed items.  She was unsure of who may have the spare key.

On May 22, 2018 at 10:27 a.m. Officer Lindelof spoke to a female reporting party regarding identity theft.  The reporting party stated that in April of 2018 she received notification that a store credit card in her name was delinquent.  She stated she did not possess a line of credit with this retail store and called and notified them that the account was fraudulent.  She stated in early May she received confirmation of this report and then on May 18th she received a credit card statement reflecting a payment that had been made on the account after she reported it as fraudulent.  She contacted her bank and verified that no suspicious activity had occurred on her account.  She was in the process of notifying the credit reporting bureaus of this issue.  There are no suspects.

On May 23, 2018 at 1:07 p.m. Officer Kane spoke with a female reporting party about an internet scam.  She was looking to purchase a puppy for her grandson and located a website called Adorable Shih Tzu Puppies for Sale and made arrangements with a male party to purchase a puppy for $500.   The unknown male party would not take a check or credit card payment for the purchase and requested she send payment via money gram.  She agreed to pay $250 prior to receiving the puppy and the other $250 after receiving the puppy.  After sending the money gram the seller stated the puppy would be air shipped and she would receive it on May 21, 2018.  She did not receive the puppy but did get an email stating that the puppy was being held in Fairfax, VA and she needed to send $490 for flight insurance.  She became suspicious of the sale at this time and spoke with a friend and then notified the police.  Officer Kane attempted to make contact with someone with the phone number provided and was unsuccessful.  He contacted the Edmond Police Department in Oklahoma and was advised that they had no records for the male party who the reporting party indicated was the seller.   There are no suspects.

On May 24, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Officer Wagner was dispatched to a residence on Suffolk Road for a report of a contractor trespassing on the property.   The reporting party stated that he had previously issued a no trespass order to the contractor working on a property abutting his due to past issues.  He indicated that a retaining wall on the abutting property had collapsed and the contractor had come onto his property to remove some of the debris from the retaining wall despite the no trespass order and stated there was no engineer on the property overseeing the repair of the retaining wall as required by the permit.  Officer Wagner spoke with the contractor who stated that he was aware of the no trespass order, that he did not go onto the reporting party’s property and his attorney is working with the reporting party’s attorney.  Officer Wagner spoke with the engineer who was present and indicated he would remain on the property until the project was complete.  Officer Wagner asked the contractor if he could install a safety fence along the property line so it would be evident that he was not on the reporting party’s property while repairing the retaining wall to which he agreed.

On May 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Officer DeBernardi spoke with a female reporting party from Cypress Road who indicated that a diamond was missing from a ring and she suspected a contractor working on her property may be responsible for removing the diamond.  The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.

On May 26, 2018 at 8:21 a.m. Officer J. Popovski was dispatched to Abbott Street for a report of vehicles parked on the roadway making it difficult for vehicle to safely pass.  Officer Popovski noted that two vehicles were parked parallel to each other on the east and west side of the street.   Both vehicles were registered to Wellesley residents who did not reside on the street.  Officers were able to make contact with the owner of the vehicle that was legally parked who agreed to move it to make traffic passible.  Officers were unable to make contact with the owner of the vehicle that was illegally parked on the west side of the street.  At 10:30 a.m. Officer J. Popovski was called back to Abbott Street for the same parking complaint.  Another vehicle had parked legally on the east side of the street and the same vehicle that was parked illegally on the west side of the street remained parked making it difficult for vehicle to safely pass.  A tow was requested to remove the vehicle to allow traffic to safely pass.

On May 27, 2018 at 6:05 p.m. Officer Wall spoke to a male reporting party who stated that a credit card was stolen from his wallet while he was at the Maugus Club.  The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.

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