Scams, vandalism and a strange suitcase: Winchester police log – Wicked Local


The following are excerpts from the Winchester police log, as made available by the Winchester Police Department. The log is public and available for review. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sunday, Feb. 2

9:58 a.m. A local woman told police she believed she had been scammed online.  As she was paying bills online, she responded to an email from Netflix, which stated she needed to update her payment method. After she entered her information including her Social Security number, she began to believe she may have been scammed, and notified police, her banking institutions, the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration.

Monday, Feb. 3

5:02 p.m. A resident reported vandalism to a motor vehicle, stating it had been “keyed” while parked in its assigned spot on Elmwood Avenue.

7:41 p.m. An Eaton Street resident told police he found a suitcase delivered to his porch, but it did not belong to him. The suitcase had an airline luggage tag, but there was no information as to the identification of the owner. The officer attempted to call Delta and LATAM airlines, but was either disconnected or placed on “endless hold.” State Police advised the officer to contact a Delta service number, which had negative results. The suitcase, which contained clothing, toiletries and over- the-counter medication, was placed in the police department’s lost and found.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

2:31 p.m.: Police responded to a hit-and-run accident on Middlesex Street. The vehicle owner stated someone had struck his parked vehicle, knocking off the driver-side mirror.

3:59 p.m. A Bigelow Avenue resident told police she is having construction done to her house, and that a painting crew went through bins in her garage. She said the painting crew, unknown to her, used her garage to enter and exit the house. After the painters left on Friday all was in order until Sunday, when her husband went to look for wood chips in the garage. The chips were originally in a bag and now were found on the floor. The residents looked through security camera footage and saw two of the four painters went through storage bins and one took the bag that held the wood chips. She said it was not worth anything, but wanted it logged.

Thursday, Feb. 6

2:59 p.m. Police responded to Main Street following a report of a minor motor vehicle accident. According to the report, two motorists were heading north on Main Street, which is a single lane roadway with a double solid yellow line the length of Main Street. At one point, one of the vehicles pulled ahead, suddenly moving over in front of the other, making contact with his left front side, causing the first vehicle to strike the curb and damaging the right front wheel. The second car suffered damage to the rear side center and rear bumper cover, which was torn away as the vehicles made contact.

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