POLICE LOG: An Overseas Scam and a Holiday Party Ends in Arrest
An excerpt from the Woburn Police Department's Dec. 17-19 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.
Dec. 17 -
- At 1:44 p.m., a Woburn resident reported receiving a notice in the mail that she won a cash prize of $300,000. According to the notice, in order to receive the prize, she was to cash a check from the prize company, withdraw the check's amount and wire it to a "prize representative" in the United Kingdom. The woman did as instructed and later learned that the check did not clear. Police advised the woman that she was a victim of a "phishing" scam.
- At 3:37 p.m., police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at Bedford Road and Willow Street.
- At 4:24 p.m., police stopped a Haverhill man for driving with a piece of paper over his license plate. While speaking to the man, police discovered he had several items of clothing on, some still with the label attached. Officers determined that the clothing may have come from Sports Authority at the Woburn Mall and asked to watch the store's surveillance tapes. Police observed the man on the tape and will bring forward a criminal complaint for shoplifting by concealment and concealing a license plate.
- At 11:21 p.m., while investigating a report of an intoxicated man lying on the ground in a Mount Pleasant Street parking lot, a resident informed police that a radio had been stolen from her home during the day.
Dec. 18 -
- At 12:36 a.m., James Marchand, 46, of 31 June St. in Dudley, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after police were flagged down at Bickford's on Montvale Avenue and were told that a fellow employee of Marchand's was concerned for his safety after the company holiday party. Police found Marchand trying to put air into his tires at the Gulf Gas Station on Montvale Avenue. Police observed Marchand was reportedly intoxicated and offered to bring him to his hotel. When Marchand learned the police would keep his keys overnight, he allegedly became enraged, causing officers to arrest him on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.
- At 12:56 a.m., a North Warren Street resident reported a domestic dispute at a neighboring apartment. When police arrived, the couple admitted that they were arguing, but nothing physical had occurred.
- At 10:58 a.m., police responded to LAN Trucking for a report of a truck damaged by a previous hit-and-run accident in the parking lot.
- At 11:11 a.m., a Citizens Bank employee reported damage to the ATM overnight. According to police, the Montvale Avenue ATM was cracked on the outer frame.
- At 11:39 a.m., a Totman Drive apartment resident reported three unusual charges made on his credit card online. One charge reportedly paid for a meal in the Netherlands on Dec. 11.
Dec. 19 -
- At 1:56 p.m., police responded to a parent's request to speak to her 12-year-old daughter who was allegedly "unruly" and "insulting."
- At 11:56 p.m., a 23-year-old Woburn man was placed in protective custody after police responded to a report of an unwanted party on Richardson Street. According to police, the man was intoxicated and had threatened the victim prior to being placed in protective custody.