Wellesley, Mass., police log for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1
On November 25, 2019 at 4:40 p.m. Officer Pino was dispatched to Worcester Street for a report of an erratic operator. The reporting party stated the vehicle was swerving in and out of its lane of travel and that it struck a vehicle traveling in the left lane and continued on without stopping. Officer Shore located the Mercedes Benz SUV and stopped the vehicle on Arnold Road. Officer Pino spoke with the operator, and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her person, noticed that her speech was slurred and she appeared confused. She denied being involved in a motor vehicle crash and her eyes were bloodshot and glassy. When the operator exited the motor vehicle she was very unsteady on her feet and had to lean on her vehicle to avoid falling over. She was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on personal recognizance.
On November 26, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. Officer Mankavech was conducting traffic enforcement on Worcester Street when he observed a Lexus sedan that did not have a front license plate. He conducted a query of the vehicle’s registration which showed there was an active warrant for shoplifting for the operator and and his license was suspended. He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on bail. While conducting an inventory of the motor vehicle’s contents several bags of marijuana were located. They were packaged as if for sale, not personal use. Additionally, there were bags with pills in them, a bag with white rocks and powder and a small scale.
On November 25, 2019 at 12:18 p.m. Officer Mankavech spoke with a female reporting party regarding missing items from her mother’s residence. The reporting party stated that her mother moved to Wellesley in 2015 and had all of her jewelry appraised at that time. She moved again in September 2019 and during the process of moving it was learned that two rings were lost sometime between 2015 and 2019. The value of the rings is approximately $11,000. The missing rings had been reported to their insurance company and they requested a police report.
Detective D’Innocenzo has been working with police officers and detectives from several other law enforcement agencies in relation to mail thefts. As a result, he became aware of several fraudulent checks that had been passed and the payee was a business located in Wellesley. Detective D’Innocenzo spoke with an employee of the business and after reviewing the checks he was unaware the transactions had occurred. The employee will review their bank statements. The incident is under investigation.
On November 25, 2019 at 7:50 p.m. Officer Wall was dispatched to a residence for damage to fence. Officer Wall observed that a section of the fence had sustained major damage. The damage occurred sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. There are no suspects.
On November 26, 2019 at 12:08 p.m. Officer Kane spoke with a female reporting party who had applied for a job online and provided personal information and a copy of her passport as part of the application process. She was advised to come to the business for training on Wednesday, November 20th and when she did she was advised to come back on Monday, November 25th. She became concerned that her personal information had been compromised. She was advised to contact one of the credit reporting bureaus and request that her credit be monitored for any fraudulent activity.
On November 27, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. Officer Kane spoke with a male reporting party who stated that a political sign that was on his property was taken from his property sometime between November 26th at 6:00 p.m. and November 27th at 8:00 a.m. The sign said “Any Functioning Adult 2020”. There are no suspects.
On November 27, 2019 at 5:20 p.m. Officer Harvey spoke with a male reporting party regarding an object that was thrown at his vehicle and threats that were made by another male motorist who was operating a Mercedes. The reporting party stated that he noticed a vehicle driving in front of him that did not have its brake lights on so he flashed his lights in an attempt to notify the operator to turn on the lights. He stated the operator then applied his breaks hard which caused him to have to break suddenly. The vehicle then changed lanes and while both vehicles were stopped at a traffic signal
the driver of the other vehicle threw something at his vehicle and then threatened him by saying “you trying to get shot?” The reporting party stated the vehicle exited Route 9 and possibly got onto Route 128. He provided the registration number of the vehicle and a description. Officer Harvey was able to speak with the other operator on the phone. He denied making any threats and indicated that the other driver rear ended his vehicle. Officer Harvey had inspected the reporting party’s vehicle for damage and did not observe any damage. When asked why he didn’t contact the police when his car was struck the operator of the Mercedes stated that he didn’t want to deal with it. He will be summonsed to Dedham District Court for assault.
On November 29, 2019 at 12:35 p.m. Officer J. Popovski spoke with a male reporting party regarding fraud. The reporting party stated that mid-August they received a phone call from an unknown male party posing as an employee from the Social Security Administration. The caller stated that the reporting party’s social security number had been compromised and he needed to wire all of his money to secure overseas accounts to protect the money and then obtain a new social security number at which point he could wire the funds back to the U.S. The reporting party attempted to wire $65,450 to a bank in Hong Kong. His bank would not wire the money as they suspected it was fraud. He then opened an account at another bank and wired $98,760 to a bank in Hong Kong. His family became aware of this approximately two weeks later and notified the bank and they were referred to their fraud department. They were advised that they should block the caller’s phone number so they do not receive more calls requesting more money as well as contact the credit bureaus and place fraud alerts on their information. The incident is under investigation.
On November 29, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Officer Pino spoke with a female reporting party who stated a contractor who had done some work in her home stole $500 cash from the home. She had $500 in cash in a drawer in the kitchen and when she noticed it was missing she called the contractor who initially denied taking the money, but when she stated she would contact the police he stated he would return the money. The report is incomplete at this time and no further information is available.
On November 29, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. Officer Barros spoke with a male reporting party who stated there had been 4 fraudulent checks totaling $15,900 written against his bank account. The reporting party provided Officer Barros with copies of the fraudulent checks. Officer Barros noticed that the signatures did not match on the checks and did not match the reporting party’s signature. It appeared the checks had been forged by at least two different individuals. The incident is under investigation.
On November 29, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. Officer DiCenso was dispatched to a residence to speak with an elderly male party about an intruder in his home. Officer DiCenso was familiar with the male party as having dementia. The male party stated that there was an intruder in the home and he was afraid she was armed with a firearm. Officer DiCenso went into the home and spoke with the reporting party’s wife who stated she was unaware her husband had contacted the police. Officer DiCenso was able to calm the reporting party down and get him to return to the house. Once in the house he recognized the individual he thought was an intruder as his wife. The Elder Resources Officer will be made aware of the incident so he can follow up with the family and advise them of resources that may be available to them.
On November 30, 2019 at 10:19 a.m. Officer Harris was dispatched to a residence to speak to a male party regarding a Groupon account that had been compromised. The reporting party stated there were at least two items that had been ordered using his Groupon account that he had not ordered. One item had been picked up at a FedEx store in Needham and the 2nd item had been delivered to his address. He had contacted his bank and Groupon and was refunded the money for the two items. He was monitoring his credit to ensure there were no other issues. He stated a male party had knocked on the door and spoke with another family member and stated that a package he had ordered had been inadvertently delivered to their address and he would like the package. The reporting party then went to the door and told him the item had been ordered using his credit card and he would be contacting the police at which point the male party ran to his vehicle and left the area. The reporting party described the vehicle as a brown or gold sedan. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. The incident is under investigation.
On November 30, 2019 at 12:54 p.m. Officer J. Popovski spoke with a male reporting party regarding an attempted identity theft. The reporting party received a letter indicating that his credit card application could not be processed without more documentation. He also received a credit card from another bank in his name with a second card in another individual’s name. He contacted the bank and spoke with the fraud department. He was advised to contact the credit reporting bureaus and place a fraud alert on his information. There are no suspects at this time.
On December 1, 2019 at 11:08 p.m. Officer Cunningham spoke with a female reporting party who stated that a window in her house had been broken. She stated she was away for a couple of days and when she returned she noticed that a window and screen had been broken and then located a lacrosse ball that has caused the damage. There are no suspects.