Athol Police Log—July 19-Aug. 3

Published: 08-09-2023 3:23 PM

Athol Police Log

Monday, July 19

10:02 a.m. – Caller from Victoria Avenue area reported that his wife had told him that someone had tried to break into the shed sometime overnight. Reporting party stated when he saw the pictures, it appeared that it could have been a bear trying to get to the feeders. Would like an officer to take a look as he was not present at the residence at that time. 

11:02 a.m. – Wallet brought to station from the post office who advised APD it had been found in a drop box. Owner was notified and scheduled to pick it up.

11:56 a.m. – Ridge Avenue landlord calling about tenant leaving trash on the porch and in front of doors. Police advised them of options as this was a civil matter.

12:45 p.m. – Caller from Birch Street reported that they had caught a male party trespassing on camera. Party was hanging no trespass signs along survey line. He was asked to get back on his property and hang them from there. Ongoing property dispute. 

1:20 p.m. – Staff at AMH stated a patient wanted to speak with an officer to report a larceny and that their credit cards were stolen by their visitor.

2:48 p.m. – Chestnut Hill Avenue burglar alarm activated. Supervisor on scene stated that there was no alarm situation and it was a sensor issue. 

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7:18 a.m. – Caller from the Main and Exchange streets area reported a known individual had taken their EBT card. Reporting party stated that their boyfriend had located the subject’s vehicle on Main Street and was, at that time, trying to make contact and get the card back. Reporting party believed it could turn into an issue. APD contacted the male party, who was then on the scene, for a better location. Property returned.

9:57 a.m. – Main Street caller reported an attempted breaking and entering. Someone attempted to push in the covering on one of the windows. The subject(s) had left behind a bicycle.  

1:24 p.m. – Station walk-in asked to speak to an officer regarding $600 that was stolen out of his bank account. Incident had occurred at Workers Credit Union in Leominster. Advised to contact LPD.

Sunday, July 23

10:47 a.m. – Caller from South and Freedom streets area reported hearing what sounded like gunshots going off in the area of Miller Bridge and South Street. Police unit spoke to parties at North Orange Road. No issues, they were on a firing range.

2:43 p.m. – Police took necessary action after station walk-in reported a suspicious activity incident. Reporting party stated the front door to their Wheeler Street apartment was open, but when they had left it was locked.

Monday, July 24

9:41 a.m. – Tunnel Street caller asked to speak to an officer about a possibly intoxicated individual that had left the store. Per the employee, the intoxicated person was not driving the vehicle that they had gotten into. Police located the vehicle and spoke to the operator, but did not see any signs of impairment. All was well.

2:37 p.m. – Station walk-in requested to speak with an officer about neighbor continually stealing their mail. Party advised of court options.

Tuesday, July 25

10 a.m. – Station walk-in reported a suspicious man behind a Main Street brick wall, shirtless but wearing pajama pants. Reporting party stated it seemed like he may have been living back there because he was rummaging through a bunch of stuff. No one was located upon police arrival, but there was evidence that someone had been there.

Wednesday, July 26

7:16 a.m. – South Street caller requested police assistance with a male party who had parked in his parking spot at the reporting party’s apartment building. But when the subject was asked to move, they became irate saying, he was going to fight the reporting party. Officer spoke with both parties and advised them of options.

8:48 a.m. – Exchange Street bank employee reported that their maintenance worker had found a gun in the parking lot. Officer recovered an old, nonfunctioning BB gun.

9:53 a.m. – Yale Avenue caller reported receiving a fraud call from an attorney asking for money for their grandson. The reporting party did not give out any personal information, and hung up on the fraud caller. Police advised to block the number.

10:07 a.m. – Disturbance reported from Main Street of a a female party acting erratically and banging on the outside door of the apartment building. Police found it to be an argument between a couple. One party opted to leave. 

Saturday, July 29

6:58 p.m. – Main Street caller reported having issues with employees at the restaurant regarding not receiving the correct food, then raw food, and the employees refusing to give a refund.  Police referred them referred to the proper agencies. 

9:59 p.m. – Mr. Mikes gave a patrol officer a license plate that had fallen off in the car wash.  Item returned.

Sunday, July 30

3:35 p.m. – An 11-year-old Marble Street caller stated he had found a camp with some belongings. Observed a sleeping bag, blue tarp, and clothing in the back corner of the parking lot closest to the river and the abandoned lot. Police left message with DPW to have it removed.

5:50 p.m. – Tower Road caller reported that while in the Market Basket parking lot, they believed their car had been shot with pellets. Reporting party did not see a pellet gun. No damage to the reporting party’s vehicle. Male party then called APD stating he was the one with the "orbeez" gun. Male stated he was shooting it at a tree in the parking lot, and did not see the reporting party’s vehicle. Male party was advised not to shoot it in parking lots.

10:41 p.m. – Police assisted station walk-in with applying for an emergency 209A order (Restraining Order) after reported threats.

Monday, July 31

7:12 a.m. – South Athol Road caller reported that there had been an unknown male and possible female party on their deck. Male reporting party stated he had spoken with the unknown male (description provided) at 4 a.m. and told him to leave. Reporting party was looking into cameras.

12:04 p.m. – Chestnut Hill Avenue area caller reported that a blue Volvo had struck multiple vehicles and continued to take off heading towards Tully Dam. Reporting party could not provide any further information, but was able to get a video of the vehicle and will bring it to the police station. MSP and Royalston PD advised. Per Winchendon Dispatch, the vehicle had turned around in New Hampshire and and headed back towards Athol. A plate number was obtained and matched the description of the vehicle. APD followed up at a residence with a vehicle with front end damage to check if they were hit by the mentioned vehicle. Police also located a motor vehicle that had been possibly sideswiped by this vehicle. 

2:48 p.m. – Police BOLO issued for vehicle that was seen driving in Athol and hit multiple vehicles and almost hit an APD officer.  

2:55 p.m. – Crescent Street caller requested assistance with how to handle a hit and run. Police advised them of options.

Tuesday, August 1

8:32 a.m. – Police officer radioed in that a vehicle had almost hit him while he was on his detail.

8:56 a.m. – Officer in the area of South Athol Road spoke with a truck driver and asked him to share the information regarding new engine brake bylaw that went into affect.

8:59 a.m. – Grove Street caller reported a car was blocking the driveway and they were not able to get out. Vehicle was in the driveway with a flat passenger tire. Male party was at AMH receiving treatment. Male party had his dog in the vehicle, which was removed properly and the ACO took control of. Later that morning, the male party arrived to the residence to retrieve his property. Male party had been attempting to fix a flat tire on the vehicle in the driveway. Vehicle was eventually towed in the afternoon by Dale's Towing per the request of the landlord on a recorded line.

1:48 p.m. – Party into the station to drop off a wallet they found. 

Wednesday, August 2

3:36 p.m. – Chestnut Hill Avenue caller reported observing a male party sitting on the double bridges with no shirt on.

3:46 p.m. – Another Chestnut Hill caller reported that their friend had just called making despondent statements about jumping off the bridge, and now they couldn’t get in touch with them. Party was brought to AMH.

5:41 p.m. – Caller from Marble Street area requested a welfare check on their friend, whose son is abusive and screaming that he was going to kill himself. Transported to AMH.

Thursday, August 3

3:37 p.m. – Call from Market Drive of an intoxicated male party at the bar. Transported to AMH.

4:48 p.m. – Party in the station lobby to speak to an officer regarding their landlord harassing them. Officer advised party to seek HARPO (Harassment Prevention Order) at ODC (Orange District Court). 

5:35 p.m. – South Main Street caller reported there were two motorcycles behind him pulling wheelies. No description on the bikes behind him. Vehicles were gone on arrival.