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August 2, 2013



A 9:06 p.m. report of shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on Highland Avenue resulted in the arrest of Lillie Joyce Poe, 62, of 80 Sagamore St., Lynn, on a charge of shoplifting. She was also wanted on two warrants, according to the log.

A woman at 70 Washington St. reported at 9:55 p.m. that she was about to leave her office when she heard a man screaming. “Frightened to leave, she called the police for an escort from the building,” wrote police. An officer found the man and determined he had locked himself out of his office and had been “screaming in anger.” The officer advised him to “keep his anger in check” and escorted the woman out.


A Bridge Street woman reported at 9:55 a.m. that every morning she had been receiving a phone call from a female who yelled “[expletive] you” and “[expletive] you grandma.” Police wrote that the woman was advised “of the process to have their phone provider put a trace on the number.”

A woman reported at 10:32 a.m. that a customer who had gotten $171 worth of work done at her salon on North Street only had $37 on her and disappeared after saying she was going “to the ATM to get the rest.”

Police didn’t find anything amiss after a 1:39 p.m. report of “man dumping in pond” near Parallel Street.

A Loring Avenue woman reported at 1:49 p.m. that she had received a phone call from somebody purporting to be her grandson who said he had been jailed in Panama after an accident and needed $2,279 wired to him in order to get home. “The male party on the phone told her that he would call back in two hours and tell her where to wire the money,” wrote police. In the meantime, the woman called her grandson, who said he “was not involved in an accident in Panama and that he was mowing the lawn in Dunstable.” When the male called back, the woman told him that “if he was in fact who he said that he was, he would know the pet name that her grandson calls her” — after which “all she heard was the line disconnect.” An officer wrote: “She was advised that if she has any future calls like this to call the police for assistance. But it appeared to this officer that she had the matter well in hand.”

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