Published in the August 7, 2015 edition
MELROSE — A large number of motor vehicle break–ins kept police on the move last week.
On Tuesday, July 28, police responded to a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at a home on Whitman Avenue at 6:03 a.m. According to police, the caller reported someone broke into the motor vehicle overnight and went through the center console and glove box. Checks and change were reported missing.
Police responded to a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle report at a Grove Street home at 8:55 a.m. on July 28. According to police, a black purse containing credit cards and gift cards was taken, valued at $375.
Police went to a home on Meridan Street at 3:51 p.m. on July 28 after receiving a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle report. Police stated the vehicle was ransacked, but nothing was taken.
At 4:28 p.m. on July 28, police received a report that two vehicles were broken into at a home on Whitman Avenue. According to police, five dollars in change was taken from one vehicle while the other car was ransacked.
On Wednesday, July 29, police received a report of a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at a home on Chipman Avenue at 10 a.m. According to police, the handle to the glove box was broken and $100 from a wallet was reported stolen.
Police went to a Florence Street home after receiving a report of a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at 11:15 a.m. on July 29. Police said the perpetrator stole $50 from a wallet.
On Sunday, Aug. 1, police received a report of a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle located at Glendower Road at 6:12 a.m. An iPhone 5 and a wallet containing $40 in cash and credit cards were reported missing from the center console.
Police also received a report on Aug. 1 that someone broke into two vehicles at Levi Gould Apartments, 200 West Foster Street, at 7:01 a.m. A GPS was stolen from one vehicle, but nothing was missing from the other vehicle.
Police received a report of a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at an Echo Street residence on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3:43 p.m. A CD player valued at $100 was taken from the vehicle.
MONDAY, JULY 27
A caller reported finding a violin at the corner of Main Street and West Wyoming Avenue at 8:28 a.m. The police took possession of the violin.
At 1:22 p.m., police responded to the Levi Gould Apartments after receiving a suspicious activity report that an elderly man appeared to be hitchhiking. Police spoke with the man and everything appeared to be in order.
A woman reported an assault after a stranger struck her with a backhand slap that hit her upper back while shopping at Shaw’s Supermarket, 34 Essex Street, at 5:53 p.m. No charges will be filled.
TUESDAY, JULY 28
Police went to a home on West Wyoming Avenue after receiving a report of two people standing on a fire escape at 1:04 a.m. Police spoke with the individuals and there appeared to be no problem.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29
Police received a report of a stolen motor vehicle at a Birch Hill Road home at 7:58 a.m. Police believe the stolen vehicle is related to another larceny of a motor vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.
At 4:42 p.m., police pulled over a Boston woman driving on Porter Street because she was driving with ear bud headphones. After speaking with the operator, police discovered the woman did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle. She was given a citation and a summons for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle for wearing the two ear buds and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
THURSDAY, JULY 30
A caller reported a vandalism incident at Micheli Properties, 192 Green Street, at 7:46 a.m. According to police, it appears a vehicle struck the multi-unit building and caused damage. The case remains under investigation.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at the corner of West Emerson Street and North Cedar Park at 12:43 p.m. The fire department was notified.
FRIDAY, JULY 31
A father and son came into the police station to report the child’s Pro Grit Scooter was stolen in front of the YMCA, 497 Main street, at 9:39 a.m. The scooter was valued at $100 and police are still investigating.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Upham Street at 9:53 a.m. The fire department was notified.
At 1:38 p.m., police went to a Beacon Street home after a breaking and entering was reported. According to police, the homeowners are moving and after returning to the vacant home, they said it appeared someone entered the home via the basement. Nothing was reported stolen.
Police went to a Pleasant Street apartment building after a man reported being threatened at 7:32 p.m. According to police, the reporting man said a neighbor made threatening comments about the way he parks his car and later become confrontational. The caller also reported the neighbor threatened him on another occasion. Police are still investigating the incident and are searching for a man in his late 20s with a muscular build.
SATURDAY, AUG. 1
Police received a report of a suspicious motor vehicle on Melrose Street at 12:26 a.m. According to police, the driver had Melrose street signs located in the back of the vehicle. The signs were returned to police and no charges were filed.
At 7:33 a.m., police received a report of mail stolen from the porch of a Holbrook Court residence.
SUNDAY, AUG. 2
Police went to Walgreens, 897 Main Street, after receiving a shoplifting attempt report at 4:05 a.m. According to police, the manager said the customer tried stealing two bottles of Pedialyte, valued at $8. After store personnel confronted the customer, he put the bottles down and left the scene. Police are still investigating.
Loss prevention personnel at Shaw’s Supermarket reported a larceny attempt at 3:05 p.m. According to police, a man bypassed the registers and attempted leaving the grocery store with $328.89 in groceries. The man was given a no trespassing notice and will be summonsed.