WAKEFIELD — Thousands of dollars in tires and rims from new vehicles parked at Liberty Chevrolet on Bay State Road were reported stolen yesterday morning when an employee at the dealership noticed they were missing.
Patrol Officer Gerald Halloran responded to a call placed to the police station at about 11 a.m., and when he checked the property for signs of breaking and entry, he found that a padlock to a fence had been cut.
Tires and rims were stolen from five vehicles, including a Chevrolet Tahoe and four Chevrolet pick-up trucks. Total value was estimated at $10,000 or $2,000 per vehicle.
Police have launched an investigation into the theft.
A man from Newark, N.J. is scheduled to appear in court today following his arrest early Saturday morning on assorted motor vehicle charges.
Patrol Officer David Rando was patrolling the Lowell Street area at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday when he spotted Lucas Cassimiro, 24, 102 Warwick St., Newark, N.J. speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone heading west on Lowell Street. He also noticed that a brake light on Cassimiro’s green Ford Expedition was out.
Rando followed Cassimiro to Heritage Lane where he was stopped and questioned.
Rando then arrested him on charges of operating a motor vehicle after his license and registration were suspended or revoked. He was also cited for speeding and was found in violation of a motor vehicle law regarding equipment (brake light out).
Cassimiro was arraigned in Malden District Court today.
A Wilmington woman was also arrested last night on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license.
Police said that Jessica T. Santos, 26, 6 Great Neck Dr., Wilmington was driving a black Altima when Patrol Officer Jonathan Burnham ran a Registry of Motor Vehicles check and discovered that her license had been revoked.
The arrest was made at about 9:15 p.m. She was arranged in Malden District Court today.
In other police business over the weekend, beginning Friday:
• A collision on Old Nahant Road took place at 11:35 a.m. Police said the accident was minor and that one driver refused to exchange papers.
• A Plymouth Road man called police just after 11:30 a.m. when he received two bills from Verizon Wireless totaling $774. The victim told police that someone had opened accounts in his name for a New Salem Street business that he has no connection with. The matter is under investigation.
• A husky on the loose was spotted on Harrington Court at about 12:30 p.m. The assistant animal control officer in Beverly advised the person who captured the animal to take it to the VCA of Wakefield.
• A woman from Audubon Road notified police about a problem with her tax returns filed on Jan. 22. She said she had filed the taxes and was expecting a refund by Feb. 12, but she has not received the money. The woman thought identity theft may have been committed. The incident was filed just before 3 p.m.
• Vandalism to a truck in the Auto Tech Shop at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School on Hemlock Road was reported at 3:40 p.m. Police are looking into the matter.
• A caller reported that a snow or ice ball struck the windshield of her vehicle just after 6:30 p.m. Police checked the area but could not find any suspects.
• Suspicious activity on Edgewater Drive was reported at about 6:45 p.m. A caller told police that a man was standing near his vehicle and appeared to have been looking inside. Police later located several men inside a vehicle matching the description the caller gave and were given a “no trespass” order.
• A collision at the intersection of North Avenue and Albion Street took place at about 7:30 p.m. Injuries were not reported.
• A caller from Broadway notified police about a letter he received from the IRS concerning back taxes owed. The call was logged at about 1 p.m. Police are looking into the matter.
• Police followed up with additional information today about the arrest of a Lawrence man at 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
Yosue M. Crespo, 29, 429 Broadway, #29M, Lawrence was found with three bags of cocaine in his black Chevrolet Impala when he was stopped on North Avenue near Rte. 128. Officers involved in his arrest for distribution of a Class B drug (cocaine) included Wakefield Dets. John Ryan and Christopher Grace and officers from the Suburban Middlesex Drug Task Force.
Ryan and Grace observed Crespo stop for a person who entered the Impala on North Avenue, then emerge several minutes later. Police said a drug transaction had taken place.
Crespo was arraigned today in Malden District Court.
The Fire Department responded to 26 calls over the weekend, 17 for medical aid.
On Friday, a crew went to 61 Bellevue Rd. at 10:20 a.m. for a water problem traced to a hot water heater, Market Street in Lynnfield at 10:45 a.m. for sounding fire alarms, 1179 Main St. at 11:30 a.m. for a fire alarm caused by burned food, 19 Centre St. at 9:20 p.m. for a fire alarm caused by cooking and 29 Orsini Dr. just before midnight for an oil burner malfunction.
On Saturday, firefighters went to 68 Valley St. at 2:30 p.m. for a fire alarm system malfunction, 10 Pitman Ave. at 5 p.m. for an odor of gas (no findings) and 534 Salem St. at 7:30 p.m.for a kitchen fire that got started in a stove and extended to cabinets above the stove. Firefighters were at the scene for an hour and checked for extensions but found none. The occupants were able to remain in the building.
On Sunday, a crew went to 3 Richardson St. at 11:15 a.m. for an odor of gas. A leaking gas meter outside the building was found.