Police Log: Resident Thwarts Burglary in Own Home, Catalytic Converter Theft, Recovery of Stolen Van


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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, November 21st

Arrest for Failure to Appear on Charge of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

2:50 a.m. An officer was stationed on High Street when a motorist approached the officer with the information that his delivery truck had broken down near the Walpole town line in the area of High Street and Stonegate Lane. After investigating the disabled vehicle, the vehicle was towed. The officer took the motorist to the police station to await a ride from his supervisor. 

However, the officer learned that the motorist had a warrant out for his arrest from Sommerville District Court, from August 2022. The motorist had failed to appear to answer the charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The motorist, a 44 year-old man from Woburn, was arrested. He was held without bail.

Sunday, November 20th

One Thing Leads to Another

12:25 p.m. A police officer was conducting stationary traffic enforcement when a green, Nissan SUV with a very loud exhaust passed by. The officer followed, and an investigation of the vehicle’s attached license plate indicated that it belonged instead to a Ford pickup truck. 

The officer stopped the Nissan at the corner of High Street and Westwood Glen Road. Inside the vehicle, a man was at the wheel and a male passenger and female passenger were also in the vehicle. The driver acknowledged being aware of the improper license plate.

The officer learned that the driver had a warrant out for his arrest from Quincy District Court for an underlying offense that the police log does not state. The officer placed him under arrest. The passengers were ordered to also exit the vehicle, as it could not be driven further, due to having the wrong license plate attached.

The officer cited the driver, a 42 year-old man from Dedham, with the civil motor vehicle infractions of improper exhaust and attaching plates. Bail was set at $1,545, which the man was unable to meet. He was held overnight until he was transported to Quincy District Court to make an answer to the warrant.

Saturday, November 19th

Police Recover Stolen Van at Tumblebus Lot

10:39 a.m. An officer was dispatched to 22 Everett Street on the report of a suspicious vehicle. The two-parcel lot of 6.7 acres, which some refer to as the “Tumblebus location” due to its current use as a parking lot for Tumblebus, is also used for parking for landscaping companies.

The manager of a landscaping company told the officer that an employee had spotted an unfamiliar van in the lot – a white, 2004 Ford Econoline van. The officer checked the vehicle’s license plate and discovered that it was a stolen vehicle from West Roxbury.

Westwood Police notified Boston Police, and had a towing company transport the van to a tow yard. A Boston Police detective arrived at the tow yard to collect fingerprints. A wallet and cell phone were found in the van. They were discovered to belong to the van’s owner. That same afternoon, the owner retrieved his vehicle and property from Westwood Police.

Threats Recorded

5:17 p.m. Two residents of Washington Street came into the Westwood Police Station to report that they had been informed of threats to one of them, made by a family member who lives in another part of the country. The residents, who are siblings, wanted to create a record of the threats.

Friday, November 18th

Pickup Truck Strikes Deer on Clapboardtree Street

7:02 a.m. A black, 2017 Chevy pickup truck was traveling east on Clapboardtree Street toward Islington when a large deer attempted to cross the road. The truck struck the deer, which went into the woods after being struck.

The driver pulled into the parking lot of Xaverian Brothers High School. The pickup truck had damage to its front grille and hood. No injuries to any people were reported. Police located the injured deer to put it out of its misery.

Acura Tires and Rims Stolen

9:07 a.m. Police received a report of a larceny from Ira Acura Westwood on Route 1. Upon arrival, an employee of the company led the officer to the back parking lot of the business. There, the officer observed two 2023 Acura Integras had been placed on cinder blocks. Both cars had all four of their tires and rims removed. The employee estimated that the total value of the stolen tires and rims was $6,000.

Living at the Library

10:56 a.m. A complainant contacted police about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Westwood Main Public Library. The caller believed that someone was possibly living in the red sedan. Police responded, but did not find anyone there at the time.

Thursday, November 17th

Resident Catches Would-Be Burglar in Her Own Home

12:33 p.m. A resident of Martingale Lane reported an attempted breaking and entering of her home safe. The resident was having construction materials delivered to her home by three men, when she determined that one of the men had attempted to access her safe. 

The resident demanded that the perpetrator immediately leave her property. All three men left, and their employer completed the delivery with other staff members. 

The suspect will receive a summons to court for attempting to commit a breaking and entering of the safe.

The Cost of Cutting Corners

5:12 p.m. A two-car accident occurred in the parking lot of the Mercedes-Benz of Westwood on Providence Highway when a 2014 Audi, driven by a man from Brockton, entered the Mercedes-Benz circular driveway with the intent to cut through. The Audi, however, was traveling in the opposite direction from that indicated by the one-way arrow on the circular driveway. The Audi struck a vehicle that was being driven out of Mercedes-Benz's storage to show a customer. Both vehicles received minor front end damage.

Tuesday, November 15th

Catalytic Converter Stolen from Unattended Prius

2:31 p.m. An officer responded to Fox Hill Village on a report of a catalytic converter theft from the parking lot. The Toyota Prius had been unattended for two weeks while its owner, a resident of Fox Hill, was away. 

Upon returning from his trip, the resident attempted to start his vehicle, and noticed the “check engine” light activating. The Prius was brought into a service repair shop, where the catalytic converter was discovered to be missing.

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

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