Police Log: Car as a Deadly Weapon, Driving while Distressed, Catalytic Converter Theft


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The news described in Westwood Minute's Police Log article is primarily based on selected information from the Westwood Police Department's daily log and information provided by Lieutenant Christopher Sheehy and police staff. Occasionally, a few facts from other sources may be woven into these stories.

Monday, July 18th

Stolen catalytic converter while parked at Amtrak

3:52 p.m. Police were dispatched to the parking garage of the Amtrak station on University Avenue to take a report of a stolen catalytic converter. A man from Arlington, Massachusetts told police that he had parked his white, Honda CRV in the Amtrak station parking lot on Friday, June 15, 2022, to catch a train for a trip. He returned from his trip on the afternoon of the 18th. As soon as he started the ignition of his vehicle, he noticed that the vehicle sounded loud and unusual. Upon investigating, the man discovered that his catalytic converter had been stolen.

Car as a deadly weapon

7:38 p.m. Police responded to Westwood Glen Road to a female resident of Westwood Glen Commons apartments who claimed that another female resident drove a car at her. The complainant noted that she was fearful of being struck. Two female resident-witnesses corroborated the account. The operator of the 2018 Toyota Camry will receive a summons for criminal assault with a dangerous weapon.

Tuesday, July 19th

Possible scam on elderly resident

11:18 a.m. A caregiver for an elderly Westwood resident at Highland Glen reported to police a concern about possible unauthorized access to the senior’s bank account. Police suggested that the resident close her bank accounts and open new ones, with account and access details known only to herself.

One thing leads to another

5:40 p.m. An officer conducting stationary traffic enforcement on Washington Street ran a check on a black Chevy Cruze and discovered that its vehicle registration had been revoked for lack of insurance. Additionally, its inspection sticker had expired earlier this month. Upon making the traffic stop, the officer further discovered that the vehicle’s owner, who was also the driver, had a warrant for his arrest from Peabody District Court for two traffic offenses. The officer made the arrest. 

The driver, a 22 year-old from Roslindale, received a criminal citation of operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with revoked registration and no inspection sticker. The driver was released at 7:40 p.m. on his own recognizance.

Saturday, July 23rd

Email phishing scam

12:18 p.m. A resident of Canton Street reported being victim to a scam email which informed her that her AOL account had been compromised. The email advised to send her email address and social security number to the email writer. She did so. 

Since that time, friends and family have notified the Canton Street resident that they are receiving email solicitations supposedly from her. The emails request that Amazon gift cards be purchased. As of yet, no fraudulent loans or purchases have been discovered.

Baseball equipment stolen from Morrison Park

6:11 p.m. Police responded to Morrison Park to take the report from two young boys that their baseball equipment had been stolen. The boys indicated that they had left the baseball field to go across the street to CVS for cold drinks. When they returned, they found that two baseball gloves, one bat and many baseballs were missing. The estimated value of the missing items is approximately $150.

Sunday, July 24th

Driving while distressed

2:34 a.m. An officer was flagged down by a motorist who alerted the officer to a blue Mazda that was traveling west on High Street at 10 m.p.h. with its four flashers activated. The officer encountered the disabled vehicle in the parking lot outside Chiara Bistro. Its front, right tire was shredded. There was damage to the front bumper.

In conversing with the 32 year-old male driver from Winchester, the officer determined that he was possibly having an emotional breakdown. The officer contacted the man’s parents who came to the scene to take custody of their son. The parents informed police that their son had been having problems in the last year and that they would take care of him.

A search of the vehicle did not result in any finding as to what caused the vehicle damage.

Abuse of a disabled person

11:11 a.m. Police received a report of a disturbance at Life Time Fitness. The report concerned a caregiver who may have been abusing a disabled person at Life Time Fitness. Many witnesses were present. Police are investigating.

Monday, July 25th

Theft of a baseball card

11:40 a.m. A resident of Pond Street reported the theft of a valuable baseball card, with an estimated value of approximately $600. The card was a combination card that featured Vladimir Guerrero with Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. The complainant told police that workers were present in his house several days before. The case has been forward to detectives for follow-up.

Thanks to Lieutenant Christopher Sheehy and the Westwood Police Department for contributing information for this article.

Updated 7/28/2022 at 9:53 a.m. In the entry, "One thing leads to another," the driver's name was inadvertently included and has been deleted. Westwood Minute does not typically include specific identifying information in its police log report, unless there is a compelling reason, such as public safety. Also, a correction has been made to replace the word, "removed" with "revoked" in reference to the vehicle registration. In the entry, "Theft of a baseball card," a correction has been made to the spelling of Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

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