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June 21, 2013



A man reported at 4:38 p.m. that after leaving the Home Depot on Traders Way, he noticed that one of his sails had fallen off his truck. He said he retraced his path but was unable to locate it; he was then contacted by somebody from Doyle Sailmakers on Swampscott Road who said they’d been contacted by a man who said “he located the sail and wanted to return it.” However, when an employee arranged to meet this man, he said “he would have to pay him for the sail.” When the man was offered $20, he replied that it was “an insult” and wouldn’t return it. Police are investigating.

A 5:36 p.m. report that a man was “playing with a large knife” brought police to 29 Hancock St., where they arrested Gregory Hardin, 50, of the same address, on a charge of violating the city’s knife ordinance.

A 5:38 p.m. report of a possible structure fire brought police and the Fire Department to 3 Puritan Road, where they determined a man was burning wood in his backyard fire pit. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

A North Street woman reported at 7:24 p.m. that her diamond ring and wedding band had gone missing from a hat box on her bedroom floor.

Police responded to a 10:11 p.m. report that a homeless person was drinking in the bushes at New Derby Street and Klop Alley. An officer wrote: “I asked him if he had anything to drink today, and he did say he had one. I noticed that there was a glass bottle of vodka in his pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. I asked him to take it out and it was 3/4 empty. I asked him if he had any more, and he pulled out another full bottle of Rubles vodka.” Subsequently arrested was John Lapointe, 54, homeless, on a charge of drinking in public.

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