Police Log: A Break-in, a Stolen Car and a Counterfeit $20 Bill
A look at notable events in the Reading Police log for Nov. 26-27.
Friday, Nov. 26
12:47 a.m. An anonymous caller reported a strong odor of natural gas near the intersection of Main Street and Haven Street. An officer on the scene reported a slight odor.
12:54 a.m. An officer reported that screens had been torn out on the south side of Joshua Eaton Elementary School, but that the building was secure.
2:13 a.m. A Walnut Street resident reported hearing an alarm in the area. An officer spoke to the owner of the Curtis Street residence where the sound came from. The homeowner reported it was a faulty smoke detector that he had disposed of.
12:42 p.m. An officer found the front door of Bangkok Spice on Haven Street open. The officer reported that the building appeared fine, but the department could not contact the buliding's owner. The officer locked the front door and exited through a rear door.
4:45 p.m. A Tamarack Road resident reported losing a small grey cat named Angel.
5:38 p.m. Police cited Paul Crowley, 20, of Cambridge for driving with a suspended license.
7:43 p.m. Police responded to a domestic disturbance on Archstone Circle. The argument was verbal in nature.
7:43 p.m. Police received a report of an outside fire at the Washington Park playground.
8:34 p.m. An Evergreen Road resident reported that a neighbor was burning a small fire outside. The neighbor extinguished the fire.
9:19 p.m. Police cited a 17-year-old Dorchester boy for possession of alcohol and less than one ounce of marijuana. Police also found three other boys, two of whom were hiding in the bushes, but did not find them in possession of anything.
10:07 p.m. Police arrested Susan Daucunas, 50, of Reading and charged her with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A Wilmington woman reported that Daucunas had struck a vehicle while parking in front of the post office, then stumbled from her car to the Pizza World on Main Street.
10:48 p.m. A Sunnyside Avenue resident reported a break-in and theft at his home. Police found signs of forced entry at the rear of the residence. The resident reported multiple items missing from the home and a Red Mercury Mistique missing from the driveway. The resident reported two missing computers, a fender guitar, an emerald necklace, a string of pearls and an unkown amount of cash. The burglar rummaged through drawers and damaged furniture.
Saturday, Nov. 27
10:12 a.m. A Burger King worker reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill. Reading Police report that the suspect admitted to forging the bill and admitted to committing the same crime in New Hampshire and Maine. Police have not charged the suspect yet, and are following up with the Secret Service.
10:42 a.m. A Brewer Lane resident reported finding a black and white dog near the intersection of Dana Road and Small Lane. Police connected the resident with the dog's owner.
12:20 p.m. A Melrose resident reported that someone took a wallet from her purse while it was in her shopping cart at Stop & Shop.
1:40 p.m. A Haven Street resident reported that he droped a wallet in front of his house, and the wallet was gone when he returned.
1:53 p.m. An Oak Street resident reported losing a cell phone.
2:12 p.m. A Walnut Street resident reported finding a six-inch cut in a screen on his home, but said no one gained entry.
3:10 p.m. A Sunnyside Road resident reported that a dog bit his son at Washington Park. The dog's owner said he would bring proof of the dog's vaccination to the police station.
4:23 p.m. A Melrose resident who had reported her wallet stolen reported that the wallet had been returned.
4:47 p.m. A Reading resident reported that her granddaughter had been receiving inappropriate text messages. Police spoke to the messages' sender, who reported she had sent the messages to the wrong phone.
8:20 p.m Police responded to a report of a car full of youths at Sturges Park. As a result, an officer placed Graham Flynn, 18, of Reading under arrest and charged him with possession of alcohol while under 21.
10:10 p.m. Police received a report of a car that pulled behid the Barrows Elementary School with hits headlights off. The car departed before police arrived.