Wellesley Police log: On lookout for a hot antique Pepsi cooler; man says car missed him, driver hit him; U-Haul van swerves into trouble

Pollinator garden, Wellesley Police Department
Pollinator garden, Wellesley Police Department

Wellesley Police log for the Week of 9/26/19-9/29/19

Arrests

On September 26, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. Officer Pino was on patrol on Worcester Street near Cliff Road when he observed a U-Haul van that was swerving in and out of its lane of travel into the break down lane.   Officer Pino further observed the van travel with the driver’s side tires on the center lane markings and then swerve towards the break down lane.  He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator,  and immediately noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.  He agreed to take some reasonable tests of balance and coordination to determine if he could safely operate a motor vehicle.  He was unable to successfully complete these tests.  While speaking with the operator, Officer Pino noticed that his speech was slurred and that he was unsteady on his feet.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and held on $250 bail.

Incidents

On September 24, 2019 at 9:38 a.m. Officer Harris spoke with a female reporting party regarding a possible larceny.  The reporting party stated that there is some work being done on her residence and she noticed on September 23, 2019 that an antique Pepsi cooler that she uses as a planter was missing front her front porch and a brass door knocker was also missing.  She has spoken with the contractors and did not believe any of them had taken either item.  There are no suspects at this time.

On September 24, 2019 Officers Keenan and Pino were dispatched to assist with an elderly male party who was missing.   A female party encountered the male party on Washington Street and felt he was confused and brought him to Café Nero.  She was able to contact his daughter who responded and took him back to his home.  Officer Keenan spoke to the family about the Safewatch Program where his information could be entered along with a photograph that would help if he wanders away from home again. 

On September 25, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. Officer Gover was dispatched to Walnut Street to speak with a male reporting party who stated he was walking and was nearly struck by a vehicle.  He further stated that the driver of the vehicle pulled over and then punched him and drove off.  Officer Gover was able to make contact with the other party involved.  The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.

On September 26, 2019 at 3:01 p.m. Officer Harris spoke with a female reporting party about identity theft.  The reporting party stated that someone had utilized her cellular phone number and opened an account with another cellular carrier which caused her to lose cellular service.   She also stated that one of their bank accounts had been accessed, the address was changed and $5,400 was withdrawn from the account in two separate transactions and another $991.70 was charged at a post office.  All of these incidents occurred in Pennsylvania and she has been in contact with the Marple Township Police Department in Broomall, PA.  The incident is under investigation.

On September 27, 2019 at 5:23 p.m. Officer Wall was dispatched to Mayo Road for a report of a house fire.   Upon arrival he observed a rear section of the home was fully engulfed in flames.  The Wellesley Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.  Detective Dunajski responded to assist the Fire Department with the investigation. 

On September 28, 2019 at 9:48 a.m. Officer Lindelof spoke with a male reporting party regarding a leaf blower and power washer that had been taken from an unlocked shed.  The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.

On September 28, 2019 at 2:07 p.m. Officer J. Popovski spoke with a male reporting party regarding a check he had mailed to Los Angeles, being intercepted by an unknown individual and cashed.  He stated he mailed the check in mid-September and it was cashed on September 18th, but the intended recipient stated he had not received it.  The intended recipient has reported the incident to the Los Angeles Police Department.  The incident is under investigation.

On September 29, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. Officer Lindelof met with a male party at the police station who wished to turn in some unwanted firearms and a pellet gun.  The items were marked for destruction and securely stored until they can be destroyed.

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