Police Log: A Car Theft and Two Break-ins
A look at notable events in the Reading Police log for Jan. 10-11.
Monday, Jan. 10
6:26 a.m. An Old Farm Road resident reported that someone stole her Dodge Ram pickup truck sometime during the night.
8:10 a.m. Wakefield Police reported that they recovered the stolen Dodge Ram. The vehicle’s ignition had been damaged.
9:33 a.m. Police notified the Department of Public Works of trash in the road near the intersection of Washington Street and Woburn Street.
11:38 a.m. A Reading man reported that a blue Toyota, driven by a possibly drunk man, struck his Mercedes in the Sovereign Bank parking lot on Main Street, then left the scene. The accident caused a minor scratch to the rear of the Mercedes. The manager of the bank said he checked surveillance video for an image of the offending car, but could not locate one.
11:46 a.m. A Reading resident reported spotting a door left open on Summer Avenue. Police learned that the door had been left open for a Comcast technician.
12:30 p.m. Police issued a citation to John Dwyer Jr., 59, of North Reading charging him with driving with a suspended licenses in an uninsured and unregistered vehicle.
12:38 p.m. A Vale Road resident reported that someone broke into her house at some point over the weekend and stole several rings from a bedside table. Police believe the thief entered through a window.
12:51 p.m. A Johnson Woods Drive resident reported that someone broke into his home and stole a passport, cash and a social security card from the residence. The resident later learned that he had only misplaced the items.
1:29 p.m. A resident in Sunnyside Avenue reported spotting a neighbor’s garage door open. An officer visited the residence and found that the garage door was open because the home's owner was inside the garage.
2:08 p.m. Police issued a citation to Blanca Romero-Chilel, 24, of Lynn charging her with driving without a license.
2:15 p.m. A Haverhill Street resident reported spotting a dog loose in his yard. Police contacted the owner, who said he would bring the dog home.
3:05 p.m. A Walnut Street resident reported that she saw a small red car with three male teens inside asking female youths if they “wanted some candy.”
4:30 p.m. Police issued a citation to Ruchama Zephir, 36, of Reading charging him with driving an uninsured vehicle with a revoked registration.
6:31 p.m. Police received a report of a past break-in at the St. Agnes Parish Center. Police report that a burglar cut a screen window and took a gold wedding band.
6:44 p.m. Police received a report of a loose black Labrador running near the intersection of Pearl Street and Eastway Lane. An officer caught the dog and got it into the cruiser, but the dog escaped gain when the officer opened the cruiser door. The officer could not re-catch the dog or locate its owner.
7:50 p.m. A Briarwood Avenue resident reported that the resident had taken a loose black Labrador into his home and would keep it there until the owner called.
8:01 p.m. An officer spoke to a Burlington man who had parked behind the Market Basket on General way and was throwing trash into the store’s dumpster. The officer informed the man that the area was private property and sent the man on his way.
9:30 p.m. Police issued a citation to a Reading man charging him with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Tuesday, Jan 11.
12:34 a.m. A Washington Street resident complained of heavy equipment working in the Market Basket parking lot on General Way.
7:23 a.m. Police responded to a two-vehicle accident between a Reading driver and a Revere driver near the intersection of Main Street and Green Street. Neither driver suffered an injury.
9:12 a.m. Wilmington Police informed Reading Police that they would escort a vehicle carrying a large sum of money from a Reading Co-Operative Bank branch in Wilmington to a branch in Reading.
9:55 a.m. Police reported that the railroad gates across Main Street were stuck down and the switch was frozen. The department notified the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which responded to the scene.
12:06 p.m. A Dividence Road resident reported that another woman made threatening comments to her and pointed her finger like a gun after one of the women’s car doors had banged into the other woman’s car door.
12:23 p.m. A woman told a detail officer near the intersection of Haverhill Street and Timberneck Drive that she spotted two young men hanging around the area. An officer spoke to the youths, who said they were “just walking around, not doing anything in particular.”
3:15 p.m. Police issued a citation to John Memmolo, 25, of Wilmington , charging him with speeding and driving a vehicle with a revoked registration.
5:49 p.m. Police issued a citation to Donna Milley, 60, of Reading for driving an uninsured vehicle with a revoked registration.
6:01 p.m. Police responded to a two vehicle collision between two Reading Drivers near the intersection of Woodland Street and John Carver Road. Neither driver suffered an injury.
6:53 p.m. A Main Street resident reported loud banging and shouting coming from the apartment upstairs. Police checked the apartment, and found that the argument had been verbal only.
9:20 p.m. A resident reported spotting a flashlight shining on a nearby Beaver Road property that they believed to be unoccupied. An officer responded to the scene and found the home’s new owner doing some work.