Ten Police Incidents That Had Woburn Talking
A look back at the week in police and fire news in Woburn.
June 11—You've heard the news reports of drugs turning people into flesh-eating "zombies." But could this happen in Woburn?
June 8—At 9:03 a.m., police received a report of a man looking out a Henderson Street window and making “psst” and cat-like noises at a teenage girl. According to police, the girl told her mother about the incident and said the man had tried to get her attention several times during the school year. Police received a similar complaint about the same man last July, in which a witness said she saw the man masturbating after he attempted to get her attention. Police spoke to the man who told the officer that he didn’t know about the incidents, but he does “have a cat.”
June 9—At 12:41 p.m., police responded to the 75 Main St. Dunkin’ Donuts for a report of larceny of sandwiches. According to police, an employee reported filling an order for coffee and sandwiches. When the employee handed the food to the driver, the person sped off without paying the bill.
June 11—At 10:57 p.m., a Lynnfield man reported his iPad and iPhone were stolen while he was shopping at Kohl’s on Washington Street. According to police, the man told officers he was using an iPad to scan items while shopping, when it was stolen from his carriage. The man, using an Apple GPS tracking device, was able to pinpoint the location of the iPad to a home in Reading, said police. Woburn and Reading Police went to the home, where a woman in the residence immediately handed over an iPhone that she said she found while shopping at Kohl’s. Using the victim’s second iPhone, police used the GPS app that forces the missing device to make a noise in an attempt to find the iPad. Police activated the application and heard the iPad making a noise under a chair cushion in the kitchen. Police retrieved the iPad from the kitchen. The victim told police he did not wish to pursue charges.
June 12—At 6:46 p.m., police responded to Davis Road after a resident reported she stopped her car in her driveway and got out to pick up a dog. The woman told police she fell out of the vehicle as it began rolling backwards. The vehicle crossed over Davis Street, struck the curb, a telephone poll and a stone wall. The woman refused medical treatment.
June 13—At 8:55 a.m., Sergio L. Balbino, 34, of 17 Sturgis St. Apt. #1, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering (misdemeanor charge) and an outstanding warrant. According to police, a woman in an adjoining apartment opened a closet door and found Balbino curled up in the closet. The woman immediately ran into another room, locked the door and called police. Officers arrived and spoke to Balbino, who had left the closet and gone into his own apartment. Balbino reportedly told police, “It was me. It was the stupidest thing I ever did.” Police reported that Balbino said he wanted to see the layout of the second apartment and went inside. When he realized someone was home, he told police he ducked into the closet. When his leg cramped, he “knocked” on the door and the woman found him, reported officers. Balbino was cooperative while taken into custody.
June 13—At 1:09 p.m., a caller reported seeing a toddler asleep in a car on Hudson Street for over a half hour. Police responded to the home and spoke to the mother, who went to the car to check on the toddler. The woman reportedly told police, “See what you did? You made me wake her up.” The woman asked police what law she was breaking and told police to stop bothering her. The woman asked for the police officer’s name and cruiser registration. Police filed a report with the Department of Children and Families outlining the incident.
June 13—At 1:43 p.m., police responded to a report of a bone found at the Holiday Inn Select construction site on the Middlesex Canal Parkway. According to police, the bone fragment was about 18 inches below the surface and was found outside a room window on the east side of the building. Detectives also responded to the scene.
June 13—At 8:04 p.m., police and fire conducted a well-being check of an elderly resident. Police found the home in darkness and the doors locked. Police determined it would be best to force entry into the home to look for the resident. Police found the woman calling for help from the floor in her bedroom. Fire transported the woman to Lahey Clinic for treatment. Police secured the home by locking all doors and left lights on for the resident when she returned.
June 14—At 2:56 p.m., a 45-year-old Woburn man was summonsed to court for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after a pedestrian accident on Common Street. According to police, the driver told police the pedestrian was “skipping” in front of his vehicle and he was unable to stop in time.