Published in the November 27, 2015 editionMelrose-police-badge-925

MELROSE — Police continued this week to investigate an alleged armed robbery Wednesday, November 18, in the Roosevelt School neighborhood.

Police said they were told around 1 p.m. that a man was picked up in a car by someone he knew. There was someone in the backseat the man did not know. That second man reportedly displayed a gun and demanded possessions and money from the man who got into the motor vehicle. The victim said he gave the suspect his wallet, a backpack containing gift cards and a cellphone.


Late last week the Veterans Memorial Middle School Resource Officer was told of instances where individuals with red hair had been assaulted during what is unofficially known as “Kick A Ginger Day.”

The school, police said, is handling the incidents “administratively” until further information is gathered. At that point, the police “may or may not” press criminal charges, a department spokesman said.


On Thursday, November 19, a resident returned to her Warren Street home sometime before 10:49 p.m. and found her TV missing, a game cube gone and a jewelry box reportedly stolen.

A window screen was reported open.

Police continue their investigation.


On Friday morning, November 20, around 1 a.m. a Stowecroft Road resident returned home after being out since about 7 p.m. and found drawers open and doors unlocked. The resident told police diamond earrings were missing.


An Arlington Street homeowner returning home Saturday night, November 21, around 8:30 p.m. told police he thought he heard a door close in the rear of the house. When he went inside, he noticed kitchen drawers and a cabinet open. At the time, the homeowner reported nothing was missing.

Police continue to investigate.


Following is a sample of other calls answered by police during the week of November 16 to November 23:


• Police were told that motor vehicles were speeding and passing on the left in the area of Sylvan and Main streets around 8:15 a.m.

• A dead squirrel was reported on East Emerson Street around 10:25 a.m.

• A motor vehicle with two flat tires was disabled off to the side of West Emerson Street around noontime.

• A lost diamond ring was reported from a Wentworth Road resident around 12:30 p.m.

• A man at the Cefalo Apartments reported the possible theft of his mail as well as fraud spotted on his credit report around 1 p.m.

• An iPad left at the YMCA on Main Street around 1 p.m. was eventually reunited with its owner.

• Police fielded a call around 1:25 p.m. about a suspicious pickup truck with two men slouching inside. A responding officer confirmed the men were construction workers from the ongoing Tremont Street reconstruction project.

• A 53-year-old Stoneham man was charged with failing to stop for a police officer, a marked lanes violation and failing to stop or yield at the intersection of Perkins Street and Stevens Road. Richard M. Hayes of 5C Althea St. was arrested sometime after 4:23 p.m.


• A citizen complained about a large container and trucks parked on Clinton Road around 8:10 a.m. Police said the equipment was needed for a paving job at the bottom of Crescent Avenue.

• A woman fell in the street on Cushing Circle and refused an ambulance transport around 11:40 a.m.

• A Shaw’s supermarket shopping cart was reported on top of a jungle jim at Gooch Park around 5:15 p.m.


• A citizen reported a past larceny at EPOCH Senior Health Care on Green Street around 4 p.m.

• A Derby Road resident reported a past larceny around 6:20 p.m.


• A 63-year-old Malden woman will be summonsed to court after making alleged harassing phone calls to a Whitman Avenue resident sometime around 9 p.m. The woman will head to court charged with criminal harassment and threating to kill someone.


• A break was reported into a West Wyoming Avenue business around 10 a.m.

• A motor vehicle was reported driving “all over the road” around 10:10 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.


• A wallet was found in Memorial Hall sometime before 12:54 a.m. following a concert by the U2 cover band Joshua Tree. The person who found the wallet contacted the owner and said it would be at the police station for pickup later in the morning.

• Youths were reportedly partying on the first hole of the Bellevue Country Club around 1:15 a.m. Police said they found no one in the area.

• A 55-year-old Boston man will be summonsed for shoplifting at Shaw’s around 7:25 a.m. after having been previously trespassed from the store.

• A sick skunk was reported on Derby Road around 12:50 p.m. The animal apparently crawled under stairs; the homeowner was advised to call an animal trapper.


• A wallet was found by someone walking at Mount Hood around 9:45 a.m.

• Motor vehicles were reportedly broken into on Avon Street (reported at 10:07 a.m.) and Holbrook Court (reported at 12:06 p.m.).