Published in the February 26, 2016 edition
MELROSE — An unarmed robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash in a robbery at Walgreens, 897 Main St., shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Police responded to the scene upon receiving the robbery report at 9:51 p.m.
According to police, the suspect, who was second in line at the store, lunged forward and stole an undetermined amount of money from the cash register when the cashier had opened it to give change to the customer ahead of the robber. The robber then ran out of the store and two customers who had chased after him reported the man got into a red vehicle and sped away.
The white male suspect appeared to be about 30-years-old and he was wearing a winter hat and sweatshirt. The robbery remains under investigation by police.
Monday, Feb. 15
On Monday, Feb. 15, police received a noise ordinance complaint caused by a truck sounding its horn at Melrose High School, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway, at 6:29 a.m. Police spoke with the truck driver.
Police went to a Cranmore Lane home after receiving a suspicious activity report at 2:56 p.m. According to police, the caller’s daughter saw two men leaving a house with laptops and other items, including a Bose radio. The suspects got into a Jeep and drove away. It remains under investigation.
Police received a complaint from an Alta Stone Place Apartments resident at 3:22 p.m. who said their 2009 Lexus had its rear window damaged and the left front tire was deflated.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, police received a report from a Grove Street resident who said a person outside of her apartment was banging on her door at 5:20 a.m. Police checked the area, but nobody was located.
A person came into the police station at 9:14 a.m. to report a motor vehicle accident occurred on Franklin Street.
A Woodland Avenue resident made a larceny report at 4:57 p.m. According to police, the resident reported being the victim of two separate instances of credit card fraud in December. The resident had followed up with the credit card company in January and subsequently received suspicious phone calls about the matter, police stated.
Police received a medical aid request from Walgreens at 7:01 p.m. The patient was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Police went to a motor vehicle accident at Seven Mile Church, 210 Green St., at 9:22 p.m.
A Rockland Street resident reported at 10:17 p.m. an apparent act of vandalism in which the resident’s driver’s side mirror was cracked. According to police, the resident heard a loud noise outside, which prompted the resident to check the vehicle.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, police received a medical aid request from a Franklin Street resident at 1:06 a.m. The patient was transported to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.
Police recovered a stolen 2014 Nissan Altima in the Shaw’s parking lot at 8:28 a.m. According to police, the vehicle belonged to a Lincoln Street resident.
Police went to a motor vehicle accident on West Wyoming Avenue at Berwick Street at 4:51 p.m. According to police, a train crossing gate at the intersection struck the vehicle.
Police received a report of a stolen cell phone at the Melrose YMCA, 497 Main St., at 6:42 p.m. According to police, a person came into the police station to report their son wrapped his cell phone up in a sweatshirt and left it on the bleachers while playing basketball. When the son went to retrieve the phone, it was missing. The incident remains under investigation.
At 8:02 p.m., police received a suspicious activity report from a West Highland Avenue resident. According to police, someone made two fraudulent credit card charges in Florida on the resident’s Home Depot credit card.
Thursday, Feb. 18
On Thursday, Feb. 18, an East Wyoming Avenue resident reported a breaking and entering incident at 1:05 p.m. A woman who lived at the home told police the basement door was wide open and suspected someone broke into the home because the door was locked. Police found nothing missing from the home.
Police received a vandalism report from a Chester Street resident at 4:11 p.m. According to police, the resident reported damage to the left side of a 2001 Audi.
Police went to a Florence Street home after receiving a suspicious person report at 8:36 p.m. According to police, a man came to the house on two separate occasions to inquire about his alleged stolen property. He asked to search the home for his property, but the resident denied the request. The man was said to be 5’7” and was wearing a red jacket in one encounter and a blue and gold jacket in the other encounter.
Friday, Feb. 19
On Friday, Feb. 19, a West Emerson Street resident came to the police station to report a larceny incident at 10:57 a.m. The woman told police $1,000 in cash was stolen from her apartment. Police are still investigating the incident.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Lynn Fells Parkway at Melrose Street at 12:18 p.m. State Police were notified.
Police went to Lake Avenue and Tremont Street after receiving a report of suspicious youths going through backyards at 12:45 p.m. Police stopped the youths and determined they were fooling around.
Police responded to a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident on Magnolia Road at 3:22 p.m. According to police, the mirror of a Ford Focus was damaged after the vehicle was sideswiped.
Saturday, Feb. 20
On Saturday, Feb. 20, police received a report of a loud party occurring at a home on Tremont Street at 12:46 a.m. Police told the residents to keep the music down.
Police received a vandalism report from an Elm Street resident at 5:05 p.m. in which BB’s allegedly caused damage to the home’s side window, front window and siding.
Sunday, Feb. 21
On Sunday, Feb. 21, police went to a motor vehicle accident on Tappan Street at 12:56 p.m. According to police, a driver’s side mirror was damaged.
Police received a vandalism report from a Garfield Road resident at 8:33 a.m. after the homeowner discovered damage to a driver’s side mirror.
Police went to the Melrose YMCA after receiving a larceny report at 10:38 a.m. According to police, a man playing basketball had his cell phone stolen after leaving it on the bleachers.
Police received a larceny report from a Levi Gould Apartments resident at 1:40 p.m.Police said the man came to the police station to report that someone used his credit card at a Stop & Shop in Reading. He had already called his bank and cancelled the card.
Police responded to a string of breaking and entering of motor vehicles at the Knoll Fields, 351 Lynn Fells Parkway, between 4:08 p.m. and 5:14 p.m.
A woman said a pocketbook was taken containing a wallet, credit cards, $30 in cash, glasses and other personal items. Another woman said her wallet, credit cards, ID and $700 in cash was stolen. Another caller reported a wallet, credit cards, phone and glasses were stolen. Police are still investigating the incidents.