Published in the November 13, 2015 edition

MELROSE — Police continued to deal with a rash of recent car breaks in the city last week for the second week in a row.

On Monday, November 2, around 9:25 a.m. a past break into a motor vehicle was reported on East Foster Street.

On Wednesday, November 4, around 3:25 a.m. police went to Willard Street after a resident reported his dog had just gone through a dog door out into the night. The owner reportedly retrieved the dog and brought it back inside. At 3:47 a.m. police went back to Willard Street after being told three vehicles at a neighboring home had been entered. In one, $60 in change was missing; in the second, $20 was missing. The third reportedly wasn’t missing anything but all vehicles had been rummaged through.

At 7:10 a.m. November 4 police said an Acura was found rummaged through on Meridian Street and $20 in change missing.

At 7:40 a.m. the same day a vehicle on Beechg Avenue was rummaged through and $20 in coins taken.

At 9:15 a.m. November 4 a vehicle on Whitman Avenue was reported entered and some loose change taken.

At 3:06 p.m. a citizen told police that sometime earlier, his Subaru Forester had been entered and change taken when parked at the intersection of Forest and Willard streets.

At 3:37 p.m. police went to Spear Street after a resident reported a cellar door had been found open.

At 4:40 p.m. November 4 a Circuit Street reported a motor vehicle break overnight and loose change stolen.

At 7:33 p.m. November 4 an Elliott Street reported his vehicle had been broken into overnight and some loose change was stolen.

On Thursday, November 5 around 5:50 a.m. an Ireson Court resident reported his truck had been stolen.

On Friday, November 6, sometime before 11:46 a.m. three vehicle parked on different properties in the Park Street neighborhood were broken into. A small amount of change was taken in each instance, police said.

On Saturday, November 7, around 11:30 a.m. a Whitman Avenue resident reported a past break into a motor vehicle he owns.

On Sunday, November 8, around 7:40 p.m. a Clinton Road resident called police saying several cars in the neighborhood had been entered overnight. The caller told police he went outside around 4:15 a.m. and noticed a neighbor’s car door open. An additional patrol was requested for the area.


Following is a sample of the other calls handled by police during the week of November 2 to November 9.


• A Harding Road reported around 8:35 p.m. that he heard a loud bang and soon lost electricity. National Grid and the Fire Department were notified.

• At 2 p.m. police were told of a deceased animal in the middle of Howard Street. It turned out to be a deflated Halloween decoration.

• Someone hurt on the Pine Banks Park soccer field was taken to Winchester Hospital around 4:30 p.m.


• A Franklin Street resident reported around 5:05 p.m. that she was a scam victim. She said she sent $2,000 to Nigeria under false pretenses after meeting someone on a dating site.


• Tires were reportedly slashed on a vehicle parked on Baldwin Avenue sometime before 1:25 a.m.

• A youth reported his bicycle had been damaged at the Veterans Memorial Middle School earlier in the week.

• A vehicle was allegedly struck by a paintball as a driver was heading south on Lebanon Street near Hopkins Street around 5:10 p.m.


• Youths were reported driving on a motorized scotter on Ardsmoor Road around 4 p.m.

• A vehicle was reportedly speeding on Lebanon Street around 5:20 p.m.

• At 9:30 p.m a Grove Street resident reported hitting two raised street structures and damaging two tires in the process.


• The owner of motorcycle allegedly parked on a sidewalk on Crescent Avenue moved it around 3:30 p.m.

• Stephen’s Towing assisted with a call around 6 p.m. that a woman locked her keys in her vehicle at Shaw’s supermarket with a two year old child inside.

• A loud animal fight was reported on Stone Place around 8 p.m.


• A Spear Street resident reported around 10:15 a.m. that damage to vinyl siding on his house was caused by either a pellet or BB gun. At 11:20 a.m. another resident of the street reported similar damage.