By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say several women have reported being targeted by phone calls from a male who made inappropriate comments to them Sunday night and into yesterday.
It was unclear whether the same male was responsible for all the calls.
On Sunday night, an employee at the John Bertram House at 29 North Washington Square reported at 10:36 p.m. that she had received two phone calls from an unknown caller, according to the incident log.
“The first call was heavy breathing, and she immediately hung up,” police wrote. “Minutes later, a second call came in, and a male voice began to make sexual comments.”
The woman said she didn’t recognize the voice and that there was “no record of a phone number from where these calls were placed.” Police advised her to contact the station again “if anything out of the ordinary occurred.”
At 8:49 the next morning, a Stillwell Drive woman reported that she had received five calls from an unknown male “talking dirty” in the past 24 hours.
An officer wrote: “She was advised to call the telephone company’s annoyance call bureau (for) further assistance.”
Then, at 9:45 a.m., a woman on Felt Street reported that about 11:30 the night before — less than an hour after police received the first report of the calls — an unknown and possibly intoxicated male had phoned her and made “vulgar comments.”
The woman said “the male party was difficult to understand at first, and she believed it to be one of her son’s college friends,” wrote police.”The male party then began to make vulgar comments ... she ultimately hung up the phone.”
The woman contacted Verizon, which was able to trace the number, police wrote, but the company wouldn’t release any further information until a police report was completed.
“I will attempt to contact Verizon in regards to the trace,” an officer wrote in the log.