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August 24, 2013

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A 5:38 p.m. report of a break-in brought police to 40 March St., where they determined the homeowner’s son had possibly entered the home to retrieve his property in violation of a protective order, according to the log. Subsequently arrested was Derek James Grant, 23, of 24 Congress St., Salem, on a charge of violating a protective order.

A Loring Avenue woman reported at 5:41 p.m. that somebody had removed her air conditioner and broken into her home. Police wrote: “She stated the thief made off with only a Toshiba laptop computer, although she believes most of her home was searched.” Police are investigating.

Police received a 6:37 p.m. report that a man’s 1997 Honda Accord had been stolen from the parking lot of the Market Basket on Highland Avenue.

Police responded to a 7:01 p.m. report of “threats over a dog” at 251 Loring Ave. and spoke to a man who said he had been watching a friend’s dog for two and a half months, even though it was only supposed to be for two days. The man added that he was afraid the dog’s owner would be upset because he had sold a second dog that belonged to him. “I stood by in the area for 15 minutes and no one arrived while I was present,” wrote an officer.

An 8:38 p.m. report of “threats over the phone” brought police to 317 Lafayette St., where they spoke to a woman who said she was “concerned about someone showing up to her home due to a phone scam she feels she got lured into.” Police wrote: “She stated she was informed that she won a sweepstakes and was told to send in $500 so her prize money could be sent to her. She stated she was worried that it might be a scam so she called the Federal Trade Commission. They advised her to not communicate with the contest organizers. She did anyway and they threatened to send someone to her home.” An officer advised her to contact police if she saw anybody suspicious and to “no longer communicate with anyone who offers her prize money but requires a deposit first.”

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