Published in the October 14, 2016 edition
MELROSE — A series of fraud and larceny incidents kept police on the move last week.
Police received a fraud report from an Essex Street resident on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 11:20 a.m. According to police, the man said an unknown person was able to withdraw $4,800 and $190 electronically from the man’s bank account on Oct. 3. After the victim reported the incident to his bank, an additional $6,600 was withdrawn on Oct. 4 and $4,700 was withdrawn on Oct. 5. The Essex Street resident reported the incident to police to verify the situation with the bank.
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A Lynde Street resident reported being the victim of larceny on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 2:55 p.m. According to police, a man said he received a phone call and the caller informed him $3,000 was accidentally deposited into his bank account on Oct. 4. The man was told to transfer $2,300 from his account via a Walmart Money Gram, and the resident complied with the request. The man received a similar phone call on Oct. 5, and he transferred an additional $2,300.
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Police received a fraud complaint from a First Street resident on Friday, Oct. 7 at 5:33 p.m. According to police, a woman discovered someone cashed two checks, totaling $62. Police said the bank account used to make the transaction has been closed.
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Police also responded to the following calls.
Monday, Oct. 3
Police went to Melrose High School after a resident found a dog wandering around Fred Green Field at 1:16 a.m. Police were familiar with the dog and returned the pet to its Stoneham owner.
A motor vehicle accident was reported on Main Street at 9:39 a.m. Police assisted with the paperwork exchange.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at Grove Street and Faxon Street at 1:26 p.m. A vehicle was towed from the scene.
A Francis Street reported a possible breaking and entering at 2:51 p.m. According to police, the homeowner had work done at his home a week before the incident. While examining the home’s windows, he noticed the window’s locks were broken. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at Main Street and Grove Street at 10:11 a.m.
At 7:40 p.m., police went to the Winthrop School, 253 Vinton St., after a burglar alarm was activated accidentally.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
A person came to the police station to report a lost wallet at 5:27 p.m. According to police, an Albion Street resident said he believed he misplaced his wallet in the Malden area. Police said the man thought he lost the wallet at Steve’s Roast Beef, 12 Lebanon St., Malden, but he was unable to locate it at the restaurant. According to police, the wallet contained $50 in cash, personal papers and an ID.