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Police Log: Errant Poker Player Walks Into Wrong Home

Homeowner came downstairs and confronted a confused young man.

The following is an excerpt from the  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.

August 22

At 8:39 p.m., a Blueberry Hill Road resident found a 21-year-old man in his home. The man, from Medford, was on his way to a friend’s home for a poker game, according to the report, and was “somewhat lost,” having been to his friend’s house once or twice. His friend had reportedly told him that his front door was open and to “come right in.” As the Medford man walked downstairs in the house he entered, the homeowner reportedly met him and started to yell at him because the homeowner thought the youth was trying to rob or harm his family. The youth reportedly tried to explain that he might have walked into the wrong house, left, and called his friend. The homeowner followed and threatened him, according to the report. Police told the homeowner it was a misunderstanding and that the youth was lost.

August 23

At 2:19 p.m., A Salem Street resident reported that his house had been broken into and a number of items taken, including a TV and his wife’s jewelry. Police found the front door damaged, as if forced open.

At 7:28 p.m., a Winchester resident who works at reported that several items were taken from her unlocked car in the parking lot, including a Blackberry, medicine and $5. Target surveillance tape reportedly shows a car circling the parking lot, a male getting out the passenger door and going to the driver’s side of the employee’s car for about 30 seconds.

At 9:39 p.m., a woman reported that after she saw an ad on TV about protecting oneself from identity fraud, she send all her information, including her social security number, to the company. Recently she checked her credit report. The report listed her address as Woburn, which is correct, as well as Tampa, FL. Police assigned her a case number.

At 9:58 p.m., a woman reported that someone had run up a bill of almost $18,000 on her credit card in the past; that a finance company took her to court and the court wanted her to file a police report.

August 24

At 2:14 a.m., police received a 911 hang-up call from a Cambridge Road apartment. The woman there told police she had dialed 911 by accident after she argued with her boyfriend.

At 6:01 a.m., a three-car accident on Main Street at the intersection of Alfred and Elm Streets resulted in a written warning to one driver for failing to stop for a red light. That driver, headed north on Main Street drove through a red light, according to the accident report and hit a car coming from Elm Street. The driver of the first car then lost control of her car, went over the median on Main Street and hit the driver’s side of a car headed south on Main Street.

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