Police Log: Stolen Vehicle Recovered while Police Apparently Interrupt Attempt to Steal Another, and Other Stories


Image by Westwood Minute/Darlene Wong Cancell.

The news described in Westwood Minute's weekly Police Log article series 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.

Readers seeking information regarding Westwood's four fires that occurred on Thursday, November 16, 2023, can find them in two articles published by Westwood Minute, at the following two links:

-Westwood Fire Department Responds to 4 Fire Outbreaks in One Day

-  4 Fires in Westwood on Thursday, Nov. 16th Were Accidental and Unrelated, Says State Fire Official

Monday, November 20th

Stolen Vehicle Recovered, Apparent Attempt to Steal Second Vehicle Thwarted

2:10 a.m. An officer was driving on Canton Street and observed a vehicle was stopped at the end of Metcalf Road, which intersects Canton Street. The vehicle was a grey Mercedes Benz, with lights on, and engine running, but with no driver or passenger. The officer learned that the vehicle was registered to a man in Plainville.

Westwood Police contacted Plainville Police for assistance in contacting the registered owner. Plainville Police visited the man at his home, at which point all parties learned that the Mercedes Benz had been stolen.

The investigating Westwood Police officer at Canton Street and Metcalf Road heard what sounded like a person moving through backyards. An area search was conducted, but no person was found. However, a Honda Pilot was found in the street outside a Metcalf Road home, with the engine running, and no occupants. Police determined that the Pilot belonged to the resident in front of whose home it was parked. Police were unable to rouse the residents.

The Mercedes was towed to the police station to process for evidence. Police discovered items in the Mercedes that belonged to a person who police have identified as a man from Stoughton.

Around 8:30 a.m., police received a call from a resident on Metcalf Road, who reported that the resident’s Honda Pilot was found moved to a different location, overnight. The resident noted that the vehicle had been left unlocked, with the keys inside it. Police explained the details of the police response on that street from earlier in the morning.

Lt. Sheehy adds that Westwood Police ask residents to lock their vehicles, and that leaving keys inside of an unlocked car is “a bad idea.”

Sunday, November 19th

Vehicle is Keyed at University Station

12:41 p.m. A security guard at University Station reported vandalism to a white BMW sedan what was parked in front of the Home Sense store. The vehicle, owned by a man from Boston, had been keyed.

Thanksgiving Shoplifters

4:52 p.m. At Wegmans grocery store, police met with asset protection staff who informed them that two individuals had placed items in a cart and tried to leave without paying. Asset protection staff intercepted the suspects, who agreed to return to the store office, where they were positively identified. 

The man and woman were from Braintree, and told police they had taken items intended for Thanksgiving. Among the $846 worth of merchandise taken were meats, spices, and fresh fruit. The suspects were given trespass notices and will be summoned to Dedham District Court for shoplifting by asportation.

Saturday, November 18th

Vandalism to Vehicle on Cobleigh Street

7:59 a.m. A resident of Cobleigh Street reported vandalism to the resident’s vehicle. The resident went to bed around 10:30 p.m. the previous night, and in the morning, went outside and found the rear passenger window on the resident’s Volvo was smashed. There was glass inside and outside of the car, and no object was found nearby that could have caused the damage. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

Shoplifters Intercepted

6:03 p.m. Police responded to Wegmans grocery store on the report of a shoplifting in progress. The store’s staff reported that two females had walked into the store and were placing prepared food into tote bags. They began paying for items in their shopping cart, but neglected to pay for the items stowed in their tote bags. 

An officer intercepted the individuals as they exited the store. They were found to have concealed prepared food items including steak, crab, shrimp, lobster, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli, worth over $132, in total. 

The store issued the women notices of trespass from any Wegmans property. The two women from Brockton will be summoned to Dedham District Court for shoplifting by concealment.

Wednesday, November 15th

Jewelry Stolen

2:25 p.m. Police responded to a home on Westwood Glen Road, where the resident reported jewelry was missing. The resident left home on November 15th around 6:30 a.m., and returned home shortly before 2:30 p.m., to find the apartment door unlocked. The resident told police the door had been locked when the resident left. The resident discovered that three pieces of jewelry were missing – a gold necklace, a diamond ring, and a gold bracelet. The missing jewelry is estimated to be worth over $4,000.

Suspicious Character

3:31 p.m. Police received a report that a white male, wearing all-black clothing and a tan baseball cap, was looking into apartment windows at Westwood Glen. An officer searched the apartment complex but did not find anyone matching that description.

Tuesday, November 14th

Repeat Shoplifter Becomes Recognizable

6:24 p.m. Asset protection staff at the Target store in University Station reported to police that a man was suspected of shoplifting on three separate occasions. Store photos and video that were provided to police apparently show the man, whose left forearm is in a cast, taking two Ninja blenders and a set of bedsheets, and leaving the store without paying. The total approximate value of stolen items is $250. Store staff indicated to police that the suspect was recognizable, and that staff will contact police if the man visits the store again.

Monday, November 13th

Harassment Following Use of a Dating App

9:53 p.m. A Westwood resident reported being harassed after beginning a brief correspondence with someone named, “Jack” on a dating application. Jack allegedly was a 48 year-old man, who began leaving threatening and disturbing texts, after the resident provided a cell phone number. 

A search of Jack’s phone number appears to indicate that it belongs to a woman in Los Angeles. Police have advised the resident to call if anything suspicious occurs at the resident’s home or in the resident’s daily. life.

Friday, November 10th

Oil Truck Rear-Ends Vehicle Whose Driver is Transported to Hospital

2:32 p.m. An oil delivery truck rear-ended a 2021 Ford Escape at the East Street rotary. Due to the height of the oil truck, the damage to the rear of the Ford Escape included a shattered rear window, along with damage to the rear lift gate and bumper. The Ford was towed, and its driver was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital -Needham. The oil truck was able to leave under its own power.

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

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