POLICE LOG: A Craigslist Sofa Transaction Goes Awry, a Dog Fight and Three Sets of Stolen Golf Clubs
An excerpt from the Woburn Police Department's April 22-24 police log.
The following is an excerpt from the Woburn Police Department log. Please note that this is a sampling of activity in the log, not a complete account. We report all arrests included in the daily police log.
April 22 –
At 8:21 a.m., a woman reported her car vandalized while it was parked in a Locust Street parking lot. According to the woman, she noticed her car was “keyed” overnight.
At 9:27 a.m., a Briarwood Road woman reported her car was broken into while it was parked in a Main Street parking lot. According to the woman, a radio remote control and some change was taken from the car. A bag of golf clubs was also taken from the trunk. The estimated value of the items is approximately $2,050.
At 9:40 a.m., Todd R. Connelly, 36, of 19 Commerce Way Apt. #412, was arrested and charged on an outstanding warrant. According to police, Connelly was cooperative and asked officers if he could finish getting dressed and put shoes on. Police agreed and Connelly was taken into custody after he was dressed.
At 9:40 a.m., police recovered a reported stolen vehicle behind On the Border while executing an arrest warrant. According to police, the car’s owner came outside to talk to them while officers reported the car recovered. She was advised she may be charged with filing a false police report, after she admitted she knew who had her car when she reported it stolen.
At 12:13 p.m., an Old Farm Road resident reported the rear window of his vehicle broken overnight.
At 2:21 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of a dog fight on Park View Road. According to police, two women were walking their dogs, a Boxer-Ridgeback and a Boxer, when a black dog came rushing out to the where they were walking and began attacking their dogs. A dog fight ensued and the woman held back their dogs. The other dog was gone when police arrived. Neither woman required medical attention.
At 2:33 p.m., a woman reported someone used her credit card information to fraudulently purchase $170 in merchandise.
At 6:21 p.m., police responded to a report of harassment on Creston Avenue. According to the victim, a man she did not know was posting obscene messages about her on his Facebook page. When police spoke to the man, he did not deny posting the messages and said he was trying to bring attention to the Melanie Melanson missing person case. The man told police he would stop and try to gain some attention for the case in other ways.
At 9:34 p.m., Vilmar Luiz Barra, 33, of 7 Winn Park, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery after police responded to a report of a disturbance. According to police, an argument turned physical. Barra was placed under arrest and a woman was summonsed to Woburn District Court for domestic assault and battery after the incident.
April 23 –
At 11:34 a.m., a Lexington Street woman reported being harassed by a former boyfriend regarding property the two shared during the relationship. Police advised the pair to not contact each other for a period of time until they could cooperate with each other.
At 12:40 p.m., police responded to Creston Avenue for a report of threats made regarding financial issues and property between a former couple. According to police, the woman was advised to contact a civil court regarding the matter.
At 4:48 p.m., police were dispatched to a Main Street address for a report of an unknown problem. According to police, the reporting party said a couple agreed to buy a sofa from him on Craigslist. After the transaction, the man said the woman asked to use the bathroom and he later found her standing in a bedroom. The woman claimed she heard a cell phone ring and she went looking for it. The Main Street man called police and the couple fled the area. Woburn Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the couple kept driving. They were later stopped by Wilmington Police in that town and spoken to about the incident.
At 6:57 p.m., police responded to the YMCA for a report of four cars broken into while parked in the building’s parking lot. According to the victims, various items were taken, including purses, wallets, credit cards and an Epi-pen. Police are investigating the break-ins.
At 7:26 p.m., police were dispatched to the Main Street Mobil station for a report of a fight between two men. According to witnesses, the men were fighting in front of the store. Both parties were known to police and have a history of issues in the past. One man reported the other threw something at his car, which caused him to stop and confront him. The other man said he never threw anything at the car. A car windshield was broken during the tussle. Neither man wished to file charges against the other.
At 11 p.m., a Beach Street woman reported someone tampered with her locks. According to police, it was evident someone had placed glue inside her door lock.
April 24 –
At 9 a.m., a man reported his rental car was scratched several times. Police observed the scratches, but thought that it might be old damage.
At 10:41 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Red Roof Inn for a report of a disturbance. According to police, guests reported hearing yelling from another room. The woman in the room reported arguing with the other two guests in her room, saying they had to leave so she could check out. The woman told police there was no physical altercation.
At 10:42 a.m., police were dispatched to the Marriot Residence Inn for an argument. According to the couple, they did briefly argue, but it was not loud or physical. The woman reported she was not in fear of her safety.
At 2:24 p.m., during a routine patrol, an officer observed a man on the railroad tracks behind the Comfort Inn on Hill Street. When the man saw the cruiser, he fled the scene, leaving a backpack. The officer observed seeing a freshly tagged area of the tunnel walls. He confiscated the backpack and will contact the backpack’s owner.
At 11:37 a.m., a man reported his gold wedding band was missing from his room. The man gave police the name of a suspect, who has been known to have stolen from him in the past due to drug problems.
At 3:01 p.m., two teenagers reported their golf clubs were stolen from behind Papa Gino’s restaurant on Cambridge Road. According to the teens, they hid the clubs behind a dumpster at the restaurant because they were told they could not take them into the store. During the lunch, the clubs were stolen. The clubs and a Woburn Country Club pass were taken and are valued at approximately $700 total.
At 7:22 p.m., Jenna Marie Strukel, 18, of 465 Pearl St. in Reading, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery after police observed a group of people pushing and shoving at each other at the corner of Main and Conn streets. When the officer approached the scene, Strukel reportedly said, “I slapped him.” The 18-year-old was taken into custody.