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.
Featured Incident -
On Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6:19 a.m. an officer was dispatched to Peterson Party Center on Cabot Road regarding damage that had been done at the property. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to an employee who showed him the front gate that leads to the back parking lot, where most of the damage had occurred.
The side post to the fence was severely bent and the fence along that post was also damaged. The man went on to say that the gate should have been secured the previous night when the last driver was done, but it was never secured.
There was damage done to several pieces of equipment in the area. A white Ryder box truck had the front windshield smashed, the front bumper damaged, driver’s side headlight smashed and the rear passenger rim damaged. A white Peterson pick up truck was also damaged, as it had been side wiped on the rear driver’s side. A tractor-trailer had its front end smashed and there was some type of fluid leaking all over the ground under the truck, according to the officer’s report. The truck’s trailer also had minor damage.
Upon the officer’s inspection it appeared that the tractor-trailer unit caused most of the damage. The calling party said the tractor was not parked where it usually is, and was instead parked on the opposite end of the lot. It appeared that when the tractor parked in the position it was in, it smashed into the support system that holds several aluminum support poles for party tents. The poles were all over the ground and the system had been knocked off balance.
It then appeared the tractor was backed into pallets with flooring for the party tents. The pallets had been shifted and there were signs of wood on the rear trailer at the same height it would have impacted the pallets.
The reporting employee also showed officers a dent on the support beam valued at about $1,000. The employee did not believe anything was stolen, just heavy damage done around the lot.
The manager said he talked to the last driver who was scheduled to leave the lot the previous night. He said that the while he was locking up, an unidentified man attacked him in the parking lot. The two allegedly had a brief altercation and the man took off.
The manager said the employee never called him to inform him of the altercation and there is no record in the dispatch log that police were called to the location. A call to that employee was unsuccessful. There were no surveillance cameras pointed at the lot or in front of the building.