Police Log: Homeless Man Charged With Theft After Pawning Rings

An excerpt from the WPD police log. The following arrest information was supplied by the Woburn Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Saturday, March 15

At 11:10 a.m., police arrested John A. O’Connor, homeless, and charged him with two counts of receiving stolen property more than $250. Police responded to Liberty Avenue after six pieces of jewelry were stolen from her home. She said the last time she saw the rings was when her niece and her boyfriend, O’Connor, moved in for a while. Police found the rings were pawned in January and March at nearby pawnshops and jewelry stores. Officers went to Extended Stay Deluxe, where O’Connor is staying, and made the arrest.

At 8:12 p.m., police placed a 27-year-old intoxicated Woburn man into protective custody. Police responded to Old Cambridge Road about an intoxicated man possibly holding a knife. Police found the man sitting on a wall and highly intoxicated. The knife was in a nearby mulch bed. Officers placed the man into protective custody. While in his cell, the Woburn man tried to flood the cell by continuously flushing the toilet and placing toilet paper in the toilet. The man also stood on a bench and attempted to place a blanket around his neck in an attempt to hang himself. Police rushed into the cell to stop the man. They took the blanket and the man’s shirts, but the man took off his shorts and attempted to climb onto the bench again. Concerned for the man’s life, police contacted Woburn Fire, which transported the man to Winchester Hospital.


Sunday, March 16

At 12:32 a.m., police placed a 49-year-old intoxicated Woburn man into protective custody. An officer was patrolling on Gardner Avenue when he saw a man’s legs hanging outside a parked car. Police tried to speak to the man, but he attempted to walk way. Officers also saw that the car’s center console was open and a GPS unit and owner’s manual were on the front seat. The man said the car was his friend’s, but he didn’t know who owned the car. Police placed the man into protective custody and unless proven otherwise, he will be charged with breaking and enter into a motor vehicle. Police found the car belonged to the man’s family member. Police are investigating.

At 12:26 p.m., a Woburn resident reported feeling threatened by her husband. He reportedly threw items in their apartment hallway. She went to stay with friends and the man texted violent song lyrics from Eminem and “no more mister nice guy.” Police provided information about how to obtain a restraining order, but she said she would wait until speaking with her attorney.

At 5:11 p.m., a Main Street business reported someone passed a counterfeit $10 bill. Police took a report.

At 5:39 p.m., a Mishawum Road resident reported having problems with his roommate. He said the roommates got into arguments and in one case the man banged on his door and called him a sex offender. The roommate denied doing that. The man who called police said he would leave for a day or two to “let things cool down between them.”

At 6:04 p.m., police arrested Nicholas James Whalen, 19, 8 Talbot Ave., Apt. 1, Billerica, and charged him on a warrant for breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony. Police made the arrest on Prospect Street. They also recovered four grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe with residue and a grinder with residue.


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