Athol Police Log July 6-18

Published: 07-23-2023 4:00 PM

Athol Police Log

Thursday, July 6

5:59 a.m. – Athol Memorial Hospital (AMH) requested police assistance with finding a male party that had gotten into the hospital and had been sitting in the break room. AMH staff were unable to locate him at the time of the call and there was no security on. APD located the male party by the helipad. In officer presence, AMH staff advised him to stay off the property unless he had a medical appointment or emergency. Male party was sent on their way.  

Friday, July 8

10:31 a.m. – Pinedale Avenue caller reported a vehicle that went into the woods, but there was no one in it. APD learned vehicle had apparently not been secured prior to exiting and subsequently rolled off the roadway into a tree causing minor damage. Tow service contacted.

12:01 p.m. – Goddard Street caller reported a vehicle that was “flying down the road” had hit their friend’s cat. Officer spoke with operator. 

1:57 p.m. – Dorset Road caller had called the business line and stated they needed a police response; unsure of the situation. Reporting party seemed to be in distress, male’s voice could be heard in the background. APD found verbal argument had taken place between father and daughter. Unknown reason but both parties were separated and nothing physical had taken place.  Both parties were advised to keep their distance until they could calm down.

2:45 p.m. – Station walk-in to the lobby with a dog they had found on Main Street. APD then took a call from the owner calling about their dog, which was then in the station lobby. APD advised owner it was at the station, and was picked up.

Monday, July 10

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3:39 p.m. – Main Street caller reported they had gotten a scam call from a person saying they were from Walmart and that they had given out some personal information. Advised by APD to keep a close eye on their credit and notify banks and credit card companies. 

4:15 p.m. – Police response to a disturbance call from Cottage Street. Ongoing neighbor dispute, they had been arguing but were now separated. Police spoke with the involved parties and advised them to stay away from each other.

4:23 p.m. – Main Street CVS employee reported they had received a fake $100 bill on Saturday night.

Tuesday, July 11

2:22 p.m. – Station lobby walk-in reported $4,200 was stolen from their safe. Larceny report filed.

5:39 p.m. – Caller from Main and Pleasant Street area reported two motorcycles were traveling on the sidewalk speeding and standing on the seats. Gone on arrival, BOLO issued.

8:26 p.m. – Walnut Street area caller reported trash on the bandstand. Requested dispatch leave log note for DPW.

8:35 p.m. – Meadow Street area caller reported two bikes that were revving their engines, popping wheelies and driving erratically. Unable to locate, BOLO issued.

Wednesday, July 12

8:20 a.m. – Brookside Road Cumberland Farms manager reported a female party that had acted erratically while at the store the previous night. Reporting party stated female had stolen gas. Female party has been trespassed from all Cumberland Farms. Corporate will be sending a no trespass letter.

12:15 p.m. – Patrol officer in the Daniel Shays Highway area was flagged down for a report of an outside fire in a driveway. The homeowners were burning trash and cardboard. The fire was contained at that time and AFD will respond in service with Utility 1.

5:29 p.m. – Petersham Road area caller reported over $13,000 had been stolen from his safe. Larceny report filed.

Thursday, July 13

9:17 a.m. – Saunders Street area caller reported social security fraud on their Direct Express account. Report to follow.

9:37 a.m. – Marble Street caller reported their landlord was harassing them. A court date for an eviction hearing had been set, but according to the reporting party, the landlord was harassing by claiming they would kick the reporting party’s door in, and the Sheriff would remove all their property. Police advised the reporting party of their options.

1:03 p.m. – Exchange Street caller requested assistance from police to come and pick up a large box of ammunition they had found in their apartment. Item was retrieved by police.

2:02 p.m. – Caller from South Main Street area reported a suspicious person on their property digging holes. They had since moved, but then started digging holes on other lawns across the street. Police follow up found them to be surveyors, no issues.

Monday, July 17

7:41 a.m. – Daniel Shays Highway area larceny reported by a Quabbin Valley Healthcare Manager. An internal investigation would be done over a resident who had lost $100. Quabbin Valley stated no need for a police report, but wanted it on file that it was reported, per their policy.

12:16 p.m. – Station lobby walk in to report fraud and that someone had opened a National Grid account in their  name without their knowledge or permission. Reporting party was unsure of who it might be, but speculated that it could be someone who lived in the same home. Reporting party had contacted National Grid who advised them to go to APD. Reporting party was given information to gather and provided a copy of their CFS.

4:43 p.m. – Party into station to speak to an officer regarding  grandson’s bicycle that had been stolen the previous evening.

Tuesday, July 18

7:25 a.m. – Illegal dumping incident reported from Main Street area. Reporting party stated there were six bags of trash in the recycling bin and that name and address information was found. Bags of trash had ruined the dumpster, and could result in a fee being charged because it was not recycling. Cameras would also be checked. Subject of complaint would be sending a friend with a dump truck to pick up the bags of trash.

12:22 p.m. – Station lobby walk-in to file motor vehicle complaint. Another motor vehicle (description provided) had followed them, attempted to run them off the road, flipped them off and videotaped them. That motor vehicle then passed the reporting party and continued same behavior to the truck in front of the reporting party. 

3:57 p.m. – Caller from School Street area reported fraud/scam over $10,000. Report to follow.

9:33 p.m. – While a patrol officer was checking on the report of a tree down in the Pleasant Street area, a vehicle struck the tree. No personal injuries reported at that time. Report to follow.