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October 5, 2013




A Bessom Street man reported at 6:31 p.m. that he was getting “rude” prank calls that appeared to be coming from a local restaurant. “He knows it isn’t them calling but doesn’t know who is calling or how they are doing it,” police wrote. An officer determined the caller was likely using a “spoof card.”

Police received a 7:32 a.m. report that a “package containing food products” was taken from a porch on Glendale Road. “Neighbor called and said that his package was found there but contents were empty,” wrote police.



Police responded to a 4:13 p.m. report of an erratic driver in the area of Russell and Lowell streets. An officer wrote later: “Elderly female suffering from fatigue. Officer requested she not drive any more today.”

Police received a 7:56 p.m. report that a woman had been defrauded out of $1,500 at the Stop and Shop on Howley Street via a “hostage scam.” An officer said the woman had received a phone call saying her brother had been kidnapped by a gang and that he would be released unharmed if she sent the money via Western Union, and that she complied before trying to contact her brother.


A woman reported at 5:27 a.m. that all four tires had been stolen off her vehicle while it was parked overnight at the Holiday Inn on Newbury Street.

Police received a 7:31 a.m. report that all four tires had been stolen from a vehicle parked overnight at the Homewood Suites hotel on Newbury Street.

Police and the Fire Department responded to an 8:26 a.m. report that a car was on fire at Lowell Street and Regal Terrace. Police wrote later: “The officer stated that there was not a car fire. There was a problem with the brakes. The operator contacted AAA.”

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