Police Log: Suspicious Characters; A Stolen Wheelchair; Middle School Field Damaged

The following information was supplied by the Newton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Break-in on Highland Avenue

A Highland Avenue resident told police Tuesday, Oct. 23 that someone had broken into her house sometime Monday between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The woman said she didn't realize until 10 p.m. that four of her rings were missing, which is how she knew someone had been in her home.

Field damage at Brown Middle School

Police responded to Brown Middle School Tuesday after an anonymous caller reported someone had driven over the field behind the school.

According to reports, the field had been driven over several times and there was "extensive" damage.

Stolen package

A city resident (no address given) told police Tuesday that someone stole a package from the front of his house sometime during the day. 

According to reports, the resident made arrangements for the pick-up and put the package out on his doorstep for the mailman, but when the postal employee arrived at 12:30 p.m., the package was missing.

The resident said he remembered a person pull up to the house in a black sports car earlier in the day, walk up to the front door step and take the package. The resident told police he believed the man was a postal employee or "helper." The suspect was described as a white male in his late teens. 

It always feels like somebody's watching me

Police responded to Morton Road on Tuesday, Oct. 23, after a resident reported a suspicious male that had been sitting outside his house in a parked car.

According to reports, the resident said he started noticing the parked car about a year ago. A black Acura and a back SUV were seen parked in front of the house at different times, each time with the man in the car staring at the residents' home. 

One night, the resident looked out his bedroom window toward the car and opened his cell phone, so the light would shine, and the car outside his house sped away without the headlights on.

The resident also noticed a silver Honda recently parked outside his house, and when he tried to drive by to get the license plate, the man inside the Honda ducked down. After driving around the block and returning home, the man said the silver Honda was gone.

Suspicious person spotted walking into a garage

A number of police units responded to Rangley Road on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for reports of a possible breaking and entering in progress.

According to reports, the resident told police she had been in her second floor bedroom when she saw through the window a man trying to enter a car parked in the driveway. 

The suspect was described as a white male, 5'8" tall, wearing black clothing and a black hood. The back of his sweatshirt may have had a number on it, reports said. 

The resident then saw the suspect walk down Rangley Road toward West Newton.

After checking the vehicles in the area, it appeared none of the cars had been tampered with or entered. A search for the suspect was negative, reports said. 

Stolen car

Police responded to the Newtonville Sunoco on Wednesday for reports of a stolen car.

According to reports, the shop owner noticed the car was missing when he saw his tow truck driver backing another car into the spot where the missing car was originally parked.

The car, a 2001 Audi sedan, was left unlocked with the keys left in the vehicle. It was last seen at 8 p.m. Tuesday when the gas station attendant locked up for the evening.

Stolen wheel chair

A woman told police Wednesday that someone stole her daughter's wheelchair from in front of the house.

According to reports, the woman's daughter recently had leg surgery and was issued a new wheel chair to get around.

The wheel chair was dropped off in front of the house around 3 p.m. and when the mother returned around 4:15 p.m., the wheelchair was missing. 

Break-in on Lewellyn Road

Police responded to Lewellyn Road Wednesday after a resident reported someone had broken into his home.

According to reports, both the husband and wife left the house around 8 a.m. and both returned around 6 p.m. However, they did not go inside and instead, dropped off one car and headed out to dinner.

When they returned around 8:15 p.m., they noticed the back door and doorframe and been pried open and damaged. 

For questions on this police blotter, email Editor Melanie Graham at Melanie.Graham@patch.com.


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