Wellesley Police Arrest and Incident Log 01/28/19 to 02/03/19
On January 31, 2019 at 1:10 a.m. Officer DeBernardi was on patrol on Central Street near Washington Street headed east when he observed a Toyota SUV traveling west cross into his lane. The operator of the vehicle then sounded the car horn at Officer DeBernardi. Officer DeBernardi switched directions and observed the Toyota SUV on Washington Street having difficulty maintaining its lane of travel. He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator, and immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from inside the vehicle. He noticed that her speech was slurred and she indicated she had consumed some wine when asked. She agreed to take some reasonable tests of balance and coordination to determine if she was able to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was unable to successfully complete these tests. She was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on personal recognizance.
On February 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Officer Dixon was dispatched to the area of Washington Street in the Lower Falls for a report of a Honda Minivan that had crossed the double yellow lines and almost struck another vehicle head on. Officer Dixon located the vehicle and stopped it on Washington Street near Pine Street. He spoke with the operator, and immediately noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person. The driver appeared confused about where he was coming from and initially denied consuming any alcohol, but later indicated he had and was unsure how much he had consumed. He agreed to take some reasonable tests to determine his ability to safety operate a motor vehicle. He was unable to successfully pass these 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 January 28, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. Officer Shore spoke with a female reporting party at the police station regarding an issue with a contractor. The reporting party stated she hired a contractor on May 3, 2018 for a project and had several issues with him related to delays on the project and poor workmanship. She stated she terminated the contractor and hired another contractor to complete the project. She stated prior to terminating the 1st contractor plumbing fixtures were received at her home for the project in October, the contractor removed them and stated he would store them at his private residence until they were ready to be installed. She made multiple requests for the contractor to return the plumbing supplies and was unsuccessful in getting them returned. Officer Shore contacted the contractor of January 28th and he agreed to bring the plumbing supplies to the police station on January 29th so they could be returned to the homeowner. The homeowner picked up the items in the afternoon of the 29th.
On January 28, 2019 at 9:13 a.m. Officer Kane spoke with a female party who wished to turn in an air rifle for destruction. The air rifle was brought back to the police station where it will be safely stored until it can be destroyed.
On January 28, 2019 at 3:48 p.m. Officer J. Popovski spoke with a female reporting party who had received a fraudulent phone call from an unknown individual posing as someone from the Social Security Administration. The reporting party provided personal information to the caller prior to realizing it was a scam. She had already contacted the credit reporting bureau to place a fraud alert on her account and the Social Security Administration. At this time there has been no financial loss.
On January 29, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Officer Shore was dispatched to a business on William Street for a report of an unattended firearm that was found in a bathroom. Prior to Officer Shore’s arrival the owner of the firearm realized he had inadvertently left it in the bathroom and returned to find that the Director of Security was awaiting the arrival of Officer Shore. Officer Shore spoke with the Director of Security for the property who
stated an employee had entered the bathroom at approximately 8:25 a.m. and located an unattended firearm in a holster on a shelf. The business and office park prohibit firearms from being on the property. The business will refer this to their human resources division. Officer Shore confirmed the firearm was properly registered to the male party and he possessed the appropriate license to carry a firearm. The firearm was returned to him and he left so he could properly store it at home. Officer Shore will notify the licensing authority to conduct an administrative review of his license to carry and further determine what action will be taken.
On January 30, 2019 at 10:10 a.m. Officer Cunningham was dispatched to Whole Foods Supermarket for a report of counterfeit $20 bill that had been presented to the store as payment on January 29, 2019. Officer Cunningham contacted the U.S. Secret Service regarding the counterfeit money. The store employee will speak with employees about being aware of counterfeit money.
On January 30, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. Officer Cunningham was traveling on Kingsbury Street and observed a male party walking with an open beer bottle. He stopped and spoke with the male party, disposed of the open beer and issued him a town by-law citation for having an open container of alcohol in public.
On January 31, 2019 at 7:43 a.m. Officer Fritts spoke with a female reporting party who is an employee at a store on Washington Street. The female party reported she had a male customer that had been in the store earlier and he was acting strangely and they were unsure if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Officer Fritts spoke with another employee by phone and he advised her if they did not wish to have the male party return to the store in the future they could issue a letter of no trespass. The manager determined they would handle the issue internally.
On February 1, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. Officer Griffin spoke with a female party who stated she had paid to place an ad in a magazine via an email solicitation in September and the ad was never placed in the magazine. She stated in January she contacted the company and asked for a refund at which time they charged a 2nd $499 to her credit card. She attempted to contact them again and found their phone number was no longer in service. Officer Griffin is investigating.
On February 1, 2019 at 3:33 p.m. Officer Cunningham spoke with a female party who stated she had placed an ad for piece of furniture on Craigslist on January 26, 2019 and someone responded wishing to purchase the item. She stated she then received a check for more than the purchase price. The buyer asked the seller to return the extra money via money gram cards. The female party contacted her bank and was advised the check was fraudulent. The reporting party did not send money to the buyer and suffered no financial loss. There are no suspects.
On February 2, 2019 at 12:22 a.m. officers responded to a call for an unconscious and unresponsive male party at a residence. The male party had reportedly overdosed on opioid drugs. The Wellesley Fire Department administered Nasal Narcan and the male party was transported to the hospital for treatment.
On February 2, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. Officer Rosenberg spoke with a male party at the police station regarding an issue with a contractor. The male party indicated in June he hired a contractor to perform some work and paid a deposit. He stated the contractor never began the work and he has attempted to contact him several times where the contractor indicated he will begin the work and then never followed through. The reporting party paid the contractor $13,000 for a deposit. Officer Rosenberg attempted to contact the contractor and was unsuccessful. After consulting with the court the police department was advised it is a civil matter the reporting party could pursue in small claims court if he chose to do so.
On February 2, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Officer Rosenberg spoke with a male party who stated he was a real-estate broker who stated after having an open house at a property in Wellesley his laptop computer was missing and he believed one of the individuals who came to the open house may have taken the laptop while he was with other potential buyers. He stated the female party did not sign in and he did not know who she was. On February 3, 2019 the reporting party contacted Officer Rosenberg and advised that he had located his laptop and it was not stolen.
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