Police Log: Gunshots Heard, Accident with Injuries, Fraudulent Check Scheme


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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, June 6, 2022

Gunshots heard

10:52 p.m. Police received several calls from the area of Dover Road and Carby Street about the sound of several gunshots, possibly coming from the direction of Hale Education. Police responded to the area and searched for around 20 minutes. No further such sounds were heard.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Accident with injuries at Canton and Everett streets

4:36 p.m. Two vehicles were involved in an accident at the intersection of Canton Street and Everett Street. A 2013 Hyundai struck a 2011 Ford when the latter pulled in front of the former, resulting in a T-bone collision. The Hyundai received heavy front-end damage. The Ford received heavy left-side damage. Both vehicles were towed.

The driver of the Hyundai, a man from Attleboro, and a woman passenger were both injured. The driver of the Ford, a man from Brockton, was also injured. All three were transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Needham.

The driver of the Ford was cited for a number of offenses: failure to stop, operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and attaching plates.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Fraudulent check scheme

12:53 p.m. Police were dispatched to Rockland Trust bank on the report that an individual had attempted to cash a fraudulent check. Upon arriving, the bank manager informed police that all Rockland Trust bank branches were recently warned by email to beware of attempts to cash company checks from “Dunlap Propane.” Shortly after receiving the warning, a young man arrived at the Westwood branch of Rockland Trust and presented a “Dunlap Propane” check for over $4,000.

Police contacted Dunlap Propane, a legitimate company, and learned that the check number being presented was fraudulent because it did not correspond to numbers of legitimate checks of the Dunlap Propane company. Police arrested the man, Jahlique Johnson from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was charged with uttering a false check and attempt to commit a crime of larceny over $1,200.

The following day, Bridgewater Police contacted the Westwood detective sergeant handling this case. Apparently, Mr. Johnson had arrived at the Bridgewater Police Station at another time to post bail for a different subject. That person was accused of the same scheme in Bridgewater as that of which Mr. Johnson was accused in Westwood.

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Walking off with the merchandise

3:35 p.m. An employee of Frugal Fannie’s informed police that shoes had been stolen on two different occasions, likely by the same woman. The store showed police the footage from a security camera where a woman could be seen entering the store on June 5 and June 7. When she exited on both dates, she was wearing different shoes. Employees later found empty shoe boxes in the shoe department. Police are currently working on identifying this individual.

Dog attacks dog

4:01 p.m. A caller contacted police after witnessing one dog attacking another dog on Birch Lane. Police spoke to the owner of the attacking dog. The owner indicated that the dog had gotten loose chasing a rabbit when it became aware of another dog that was being walked, and bit it. The dog that was bitten was taken to the vet. Both owners were cooperative. Photos of the injuries were taken and sent to the animal control officer for follow-up.

Seizing a firearm

9:19 p.m. Based on a tip and information received from the Massachusetts Trial Courts, Police undertook steps to suspend and seize a license to carry a firearm, belonging to a man who no longer lives in Westwood.

Domestic disturbance arrest

9:43 p.m. An arrest was made in a domestic disturbance case. Further information is being withheld to protect the family’s privacy.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Stealing from Smashburger

10:16 a.m. Smashburger restaurant reported a larceny of $589 from night deposits. Evidence of the theft was captured on video from the evenings of April 27, 2022 and April 28, 2022. A former employee is believed to be responsible. Police are investigating.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Loud music complaints

8:45 p.m. Police received a call complaining about a party with loud music on Jessica Lane. Police responded and the homeowner agreed to lower the volume of the music.

9:16 p.m. Police received a call that the party on Jessica Lane had not quieted down. Police responded and determined that the volume had been lowered. However, the homeowner agreed to lower the volume again.

9:58 p.m. A complainant contacted police to complain of loud music on Jessica Lane. Police responded. This time, the music was turned off.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Suspicious vehicle

7:10 a.m. A caller in the area of Weatherbee Drive and Endicott Street reported suspicious activity to police. A gray pick-up truck was seen driving in the area and pulling into different driveways. Upon arriving at the location, police did not find anything.

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

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