Published in the September 28, 2016 edition
WAKEFIELD — A violent home invasion that allegedly occurred on Crescent Street in the wee hours of Tuesday morning is now the subject of an active investigation by Wakefield Police detectives.
Police said that a 51-year-old man walked into the police station at about 9:20 a.m. yesterday and told police that between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. two men wearing hoods entered his apartment. A physical confrontation ensued and the two men made off with an iPhone, a laptop computer and about $400 in cash, according to police. The victim had injuries to his face and was taken by Action Ambulance to Lahey Medical Center in Burlington.
Police said that they do not believe that this was a random act and they do believe that the victim was targeted. They also have reason to think that at least one other individual may be involved besides the two men who entered the apartment. Police do not believe there is any threat to the general public.
Wakefield Police detectives are working several leads in the case.
Just before 10 a.m. yesterday, the manager of MG Fitness on Broadway requested police assistance with a member who was said to be harassing other members. Police said that the older man had been bothering other members while they were working out and when asked to stop he wouldn’t listen. Police said that when they arrived and asked the man to leave he was initially uncooperative but eventually did leave the gym. Police said that the gym’s management may seek a “no trespass” order. According to police, the reported ongoing harassment did not rise to the level of threats.
At about 3 p.m. yesterday, a Salem Street woman told police that she believed that a package delivered by FedEx had been stolen. The woman said that she had a printout of the package’s tracking information that showed it had been delivered to a common area of the Heron Pond Condominiums on Aug. 31. The package contained about $50 worth of merchandise.
At about 8 p.m. yesterday, a Wakefield Avenue man told police that about $900 in cash had been stolen from his apartment. Police are investigating.
The Fire Department responded to 10 calls in the last 24 hours, six of which were for medical aid.
At about 11:20 a.m. yesterday, firefighters went to 340 Main St. (Nono’s Pizza) for a small fire in one of the deep fat fryers.
At about 2:40 p.m. the Fire Department went to the Cedar Gardens Condominiums at 98 Cedar St. for a reported odor of natural gas inside one of the units. Firefighters did detect a gas leak and notified the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department, which responded and repaired the leak.
Firefighters went to the Greenwood Nursing Home on Greenwood Street at about 7 a.m. today for a fire alarm activation resulting from burnt food.
Firefighters were called to a minor car accident in the area of 39 Chestnut St. today at about 7:30 a.m.