Published in the February 5, 2016 edition.
WAKEFIELD — The caretaker at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenwood yesterday reported several instances of vandalism, including a stone bench that had been broken into four pieces.
Police went to the church around 8:50 a.m. after the caretaker found the vandalism. He first took an officer to the west side of the property where several trash barrels had been tipped over and trashed spilled out, two flood lights had their bulbs smashed and flower pots had also been turned over and dirt was spread all over a doorway.
On the Main Street side of the property, a stone bench had been smashed into four separate pieces.
Police continue their investigation. There are no suspects at this time.
A Melvin Street business owner reported being the victim of fraud around 2:45 p.m. yesterday. Police were told that when the man opened his Verizon phone bill, he was being charged a total of $498 for five phone numbers that were not his.
Police said Verizon security people will conduct an investigation.
Police are urging residents not to let anyone have access to computers in your home after a Curtis Street woman reported being the potential victim of identity theft sometime before 3:35 p.m. yesterday.
The woman told police she received a call from someone purporting to be a representative of Microsoft. The man told her she was entitled to a refund on maintenance done to her computer. She was told to go to her laptop and was given some instructions and then noticed her bank accounts came up on the screen. She immediately shut down the computer; no money was taken.
A citizen reported scratches all over his 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant yesterday around 4:10 p.m. It was parked in the 1000 block of Main Street in Greenwood. Police said they are looking at security footage from the area.
State Police reported a four vehicle accident on Route 128 southbound not far from the North Avenue exit around 8:15 a.m. Reportedly, a 67-year-old man suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. State Police continue to investigate.
In other business yesterday, police:
• Were told that homeless people were reportedly setting up camp somewhere near Richardson Street around 8:15 a.m. Police sent them on their way.
• Stood by at a minor motor vehicle accident at the corner of North Avenue and Avon Street while the drivers exchanged information around 11:20 a.m.
• Issued two parking tickets while on directed patrol in the Main and Albion streets area around noon time.
• Went to a Vernon Street home around 1:15 p.m. after someone reported a suspicious person walking around the the house. That person turned out to be a surveyor.
• Helped someone who needed medical assistance at the MBTA in front of The Farmland around 4:10 p.m.
• Dealt with a father and son who were having an argument on Chestnut Street around 7:05 p.m.
• Went to Audubon Road around 9:40 p.m. after a citizen reported hearing gunshots. Police said they were unable to detect anything of the kind.
Firefighters went to the motor vehicle accident on Route 128 near the North Avenue exit yesterday morning around 8:15 (see above); provided some mutual aid to Melrose around 11 a.m. and responded to a very minor accident at the Route 129 Rotary around 5:15 p.m. yesterday.