Police Log: Man Wielding Syringe Robs Store

Notable entries from the Saturday, Sept. 24 police log.

2:18 a.m. An officer notified a Washington Street resident that the trunk of her car had been left open.

3:28 a.m. An officer responded to an audible alarm at the Longhorn Steakhouse on Walkers Brook Drive and found the building secure.

4:35 a.m. A Center Avenue resident reported that the area had lost power. Dispatch forwarded the complaint to the Reading Municipal Light Department.

5:53 a.m. The Reading Fire Department responded to a South Street property for a carbon monoxide alarm. The department found zero carbon monoxide at the property and found that the detector must be faulty.

7:14 a.m. An driver reported a large pothole near the intersection of Main Street and Apache Pass. Dispatch forwarded the complaint to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

9:25 a.m. An officer responded to a report of a branch in the road on Pearl Street. The officer moved the branch to the side of the road and left a note for the Monday dayshift to inform the Department of Public Works.

10:24 a.m. A North Reading resident reported that his mother, a Reading resident, had divulged her social security number to a telemarketer who had called her.

11:26 a.m. A Foster Circle resident reported that someone had thrown eggs at her house the previous night, damaging a screen and two windows. The resident also reported that someone had thrown eggs at her daughter the previous night while he daughter was at Cumberland Farms.

5:21 p.m. A Pearl Street resident reported seeing an injured coyote in her back yard. An officer attempted to approach the animal, but it fled into the woods.

5:50 p.m. Following a 911 call, officers arrested Curt Nitzsche, 46, of Reading and charged him with aggravated assault on an elderly person, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest. He was also put in protective custody. Police held Nitsche on $1,040 bail.

6:24 p.m. An officer responded to a report of passengers harassing the conductor of a train at Reading Depot. The officer removed the passengers from the train.

7:49 p.m. An officer responded to a report of two men with flashlights at a Tennyson Road property. The officer found that the men were working on the resident’s car and had permission to be on the property.

8:40 p.m. An employee at the Mobil On The Run at 178 Main Street reported that a man came into the store and committed a robbery after threatening the cashier with a needle. The robber left the scene with $260.

9:11 p.m. An officer responded to multiple calls about youths setting of fireworks near the Parker Middle School on Temple Street. The officer found a large group of youths who reported that they had also seen the fireworks. The officer sent them on their way.

10:37 p.m. An officer responded to a report of someone throwing a rock at vehicle near the intersection of Harrison Street and Orange Street. The officer found that the thrown object had been a ball, but no one at the scene took responsibility for throwing it.

10:43 p.m. An officer responded to a report that youths had erected a roadblock in front of Coolidge Middle School. The officer moved the cones and took down the plastic wrap.

11:43 p.m. An officer responded to a report of youths throwing objects at homes on Prescott Street. The officer was unable to locate any youths in the area.


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