Police Log: Phone Scammers Target Three Reading Residents
A look at notable events in the Reading Police log for Dec. 15-16.
Wednesday, Dec. 15
1:09 a.m. Police received a report that the front door of The Corner Closet on Linden Street was wide open. An officer checked the building, and nothing appeared to be out of order.
8:58 a.m. The Reading Fire Department responded to a Meadow Brook Lane residence for a report of smoke in the basement. The department determined that the smoke came from an oil burner problem.
9:22 a.m. Police disposed of a syringe found on the sidewalk near the intersection of Belmont Street and Pearl Street.
10:19 a.m. A Revere resident reported that someone keyed his car while it was parked at the Gulf station at 85 Main Street.
12:25 p.m. Police received a report of a man going door to door asking questions. Police spoke to the man, who had proper paperwork for his task.
1:02 p.m. Police responded to a three-car accident between three Reading residents near the intersection of Main Street and Franklin Street. All three cars were towed from the scene, but none of the drivers suffered an injury.
2:58 p.m. Police responded to a report of men in gold Honda Civics yelling at each other at the Honda Gallery on Walkers Brook Drive. The drivers were gone when police arrived.
3:12 p.m. Police responded to the TD Bank on main Street for a robbery where the robber showed a silver handgun.
4:47 p.m. A Reading man reported that a crossing guard near 89 Birch Meadow Drive damaged the resident's car by striking it with a handheld stop sign. The resident was unsure if the impact was accidental.
5:32 p.m. A Washington Street resident reported spotting a baby unattended in a car seat in a car parked in the Stop and Shop parking lot. Police spoke to the mother, a Wakefield woman, who reported that she left her child there and stepped just inside the lobby doors to make a phone call. Officers explained the repercussions of leaving her child unattended.
8:05 p.m. Police notified the water department callman of a possible water main break near the intersection of Dunbar Street and Hurlburt Road.
Thursday, Dec. 16
5:32 a.m. Police gave a citation to Mary Cavens, 48, of Andover charging her with driving an uninsured vehicle with a revoked registration.
8:05 a.m. A Medford police officer reported a black car "all over the road" on Haverhill Street near the rotary. Police checked the area, but did not find the car.
8:31 a.m. A Pearl Street woman reported that someone stole reflectors form her yard.
9:15 a.m. Police notified the Department of Public Works of a large bag of trash in the road near the intersection of Main Street and Brentwood Drive.
9:49 a.m. A Charles Street woman reported that a man called her, said she had won $250,000 and told her he would visit her home Saturday to collect $6900 in taxes. Police advised the resident to call if anyone actually showed up at the house.
10:13 a.m. Police notified the Department of Public Works of a low-hanging tree limb near the intersection of Summer Avenue and Nichols Road.
1:30 p.m. A Summer Avenue resident reported finding a brown and white collie. The dog's owner later visited the station, and the department connected the owner with the resident that found the dog.
3:30 p.m. Police responded to a two-vehicle accident between a Reading man and a Peabody man on Haverhill Street near the rotary.
3:50 p.m. Police spotted a loose "shepherd type" dog on the corner of Condor Road and Pearl Street.
3:51 p.m. An REI employee reported seeing a man running from the store.
4:10 p.m. An elderly Kelch Road resident reported that a man spoke to her by phone and told her that she won a large sum of money from Publishers Clearing House. The caller also said he could by by the woman's house the following day.
4:14 p.m. An officer responded to Torre Street where a wire had fallen. The officer moved the wire to the side of the road.
5:06 p.m. A Springvale Road resident reported that she received a phone call from an unknown man stating that she had won prize money. The resident did not give out any of her personal information and just wanted the incident logged for informational purposes.
5:09 p.m. An officer moved a muffler to the side of the road near the intersection of South Street and Pineridge Road and left a note to inform the Department of Public Works in the morning.
6:18 p.m. An anonymous caller reported three people dressed in dark clothes and pushing a baby carriage on Lowell Street near the Wilmington line. Reading notified Wilmington police because the three individuals were difficult to see on the road.
9:36 p.m. Following a motor vehicle stop near the intersection of Main Street and Ridge Road, police gave a citation to Kelly Pfeier, 21, of Wakefield charging her with illegal possession of a small amount of heroin.