North Reading Residents Complain About Solicitors
The following information was supplied by the North Reading police department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The following is a look at some of the calls handled by the North Reading Police Department from Wednesday through Thursday. The information is open to the public.
Wednesday, March 21
At 10:42 a.m., police received a call from Lowell Road about dogs in a vehicle with its windows up. Police spoke to the dogs’ owner, who brought them into the apartment.
At 1:09 p.m., an officer issued a verbal warning for speeding to a Lynnfield driver on Central Street.
At 4:22 p.m., police responded to a minor car accident on Washington Street.
At 7:41 p.m., police issued a written warning to a North Reading driver who was reportedly speeding on Marblehead Street.
At 9:50 p.m., a person who lives on Forrest Street in Middleton called North Reading Police to report a missing Jack Russell Terrier. The dog is white with brown spots.
At 11:06 p.m., police received a call about a loud noise coming from China Cuisine. An officer spoke to a cleaning company, which closed its van doors.
Thursday, March 22
At 9:41 a.m., police arrested Christian A. Cioffi, 22, 232 Elm St., North Reading, and charged him with violating an abuse prevention order. Police made the arrest at his home.
At 10:02 a.m., police received a call about a car accident at Park and Haverhill streets. There were no injuries.
At 12:03 p.m., a Pomeroy Road resident called police about a suspicious van with Washington plates in the area. Police found the vehicle in the Subway parking lot on Lowell Road. The driver was going door to door for Comcast and was dropping off flyers in the doors and mailboxes. Police told the man to register with them before soliciting in North Reading. This is not the first time there has been an issue with solicitors in North Reading.
At 12:34 p.m., police received a call about solicitors at Haverhill and North streets. It was the fourth complaint about solicitors within a half-hour. Police advised the solicitors about the law.
At 1:31 p.m., an officer gave a verbal warning to a North Reading man for speeding on Winter Street.
At 3:36 p.m., an employee at Hess Gas Station on Main Street reported a driver left without paying for $47.86 worth of gas. Police contacted the car’s owner, who will contact Hess and pay for the gas.
At 4:56 p.m., a Main Street resident called police after allegedly being scammed out of $450 for NCAA tickets. He said he bought the tickets from a woman on Craigs List. Police are investigating.
At 7:12 p.m., a North Street resident called police after seeing a male teenager with no shirt or shoes and wearing flowered shorts dump a bag of trash in his yard. A second caller reported the same teen dumped another bag of trash in the area of Wyoming Avenue and Wagon Drive. Police found one bag filled with returnable bottles near Wagon, but the shirtless teen with the flowered shorts was not found.
At 11:41 p.m., a Greenbriar Drive resident reported hearing a car horn in the parking lot. She believed that someone was slumped over the steering wheel. Police spoke to the person slumped over, who said he went out to his car to close the sunroom, but fell asleep in the car.
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