Elderly Female Drives Down Rail Trail and Gets Stuck in Woods

The following information was provided by the Peabody Police Department. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

This is where the Danvers rail trail crosses over into Peabody by Brooksby Village. Credit: John Castelluccio
This is where the Danvers rail trail crosses over into Peabody by Brooksby Village. Credit: John Castelluccio
The following excerpts are from reports in the Peabody Police Department press log from Sept. 3-5.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

  • 7:49 a.m. Ronald S. Tanzer, 67, of 56 Emerson Ave., Peabody, was arrested, following a motor vehicle stop on Lynnfield Street. He was charged with driving with a suspended license and a number plate violation.
  • 8:08 a.m. The owner at New England Meat Market reported someone wrote graffiti on the side of the building. Police said the words "LURK" and "REPO" were left on the wall.
  • 8:54 a.m. A caller complained people were feeding the birds in the Leather City Common. He was advised to report the situation to the Health Department since he felt it was a public health issue. Police said the Health Department confirmed that an exterminator had already baited the area.
  • 10:54 a.m. A caller reported a past break-in to an Esquire Circle apartment. Police said the suspect entered the apartment through an unlocked window and stole a check.
  • 11:08 a.m. Mirandir S. Defreitas, 36, of 12 Endicott St. #1, Peabody, was arrested, following a motor vehicle stop at the corner of Central Street and Wilson Terrace. She was charged with driving with a revoked license, with an uncovered load and for not having a valid inspection sticker.
  • 2:45 p.m. A city employee reported there were unregistered vehicles on the property at 50 Pulaski St. and she believed someone was trying to sell them. An officer reported that a Beverly man who works at Pegasus Auto Sales in Salem had a Mazda and Chrysler out for sale at the property. He was told to remove the vehicles and police said they would contact his boss to inform him of his employee's actions.
  • 4:45 p.m. A caller reported there was a black Dodge Ram being driven erratically on Summit Street, cutting multiple vehicles off. Police checked the area, but couldn't find the truck.
  • 4:47 p.m. A 61-year-old Marblehead man was issued a court summons on two counts of countering an inspection sticker and one count of not having a VIN number on his dashboard, following a motor vehicle stop at the corner of Lowell Street and McKinley Road.
  • 7:03 p.m. Joseph Depierro, 53, of Stoneham, was arrested, following a motor vehicle stop on Lowell Street. He was charged with driving with a suspended license.
  • 7:33 p.m. A caller at a Washington Street apartment reported a larceny.
  • 9:46 p.m. A caller on Wiseman Drive reported hearing loud explosions in the area. Police checked the area, but didn't find anything.
  • 10:13 p.m. A caller reported there was a skunk in Wilson Square with its head stuck in a bottle. Police said an EMT from Atlantic Ambulance found the skunk and removed the bottle.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

  • 12:59 a.m. A caller at the Gardner Apartments on Pulaski Street reported someone smashed the driver's side window of the person's car and stole an iPad.
  • 5:32 a.m. Report of a planned power outage in the area of Su Chang's Restaurant on Lowell Street.
  • 11:19 a.m. A caller on Worcester Road reported two beavers were living in the neighborhood. The animal control officer informed the man to notify Mass. Wildlife for specific information on beaver habitats.
  • 11:33 a.m. A caller at a Northend Street apartment reported that since she was late on her rent, her landlord had locked her out of the basement.
  • 11:54 a.m. A 30-year-old Lynn woman was issued a court summons for shoplifting by concealing merchandise after she was detained at Macy's Mens' and Furniture store for shoplifting.
  • 12:26 p.m. A caller on Proctor Circle reported he believed someone tried to break into his home. Police said there was some damage and marks to a door, but it didn't appear entry was gained to the home and nothing was missing.
  • 1:44 p.m. A caller at Kelly FIAT of Peabody reported four rims were stolen off a car.
  • 3:36 p.m. A 38-year-old Danvers woman was issued a court summons for shoplifting by concealing merchandise after she was detained at Sears.
  • 6:55 p.m. A caller reported a road rage incident at the corner of Margin Street and Englewood Road involving a woman allegedly waving a bat and purposefully stopping short attempting to cause an accident. The caller said the vehicle then headed down Driscoll Street. Police checked the area, but didn't find the vehicle.
  • 7:06 p.m. A caller on Lynn Street reported her husband's Eastern Bank debit card was used fraudulently and the account had close to $700 taken from it. She said the card was last used at the Pump 'N Pantry on Route 1.
  • 8:17 p.m. Staff at the McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink reported eight cell phones and $260 in cash that was in a wallet were stolen from an unsecured locker room while a team was on the ice. Saugus police were notified.
  • 8:22 p.m. A caller reported a male wearing white shorts was walking on the on-ramp to the highway from Route 114. An officer located the man, who was heading onto Route 128 South and advised him of the proper direction to Salem.
  • 10:15 p.m. A caller reported there was a suspicious vehicle parked in the rear lot at Lahey Clinic. The vehicle was tucked away in the corner with two people in the back seat. An officer said they were French tourists trying to set up a camp in the area. He sent them on their way.

Thursday, Sept. 5

  • 12:52 a.m. A caller at Esquire Circle reported a possible attempt to break into a motor vehicle. Police said a black male wearing a red shirt and a white male fled the area in the direction of Canterbury Drive. Police checked the area, but didn't find anything.
  • 3:23 a.m. Salem police reported they were chasing a black male, about five-foot-five, and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans for breaking and entering into vehicles. He was last seen running down Marlborough Road in Salem toward Sutton Street. Salem officers later reported they had the suspect in custody.
  • 10:20 a.m. An officer on traffic detail at the corner of Bartholomew Street and Oak Avenue said he was informed about a trench in the roadway. DPS was notified.
  • 12:36 p.m. Danvers police reported they were with an elderly female on Crane Brook Way who drove her vehicle down the rail trail in Danvers and was now stuck. The car apparently entered the trail near the area of Garden and Prince streets in Danvers and they believed the vehicle was now stuck on the Peabody end after the woman drove off the trail. They said she was uninjured. An officer said Danvers police would handle the incident and file an "immediate threat form" with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

For questions on this log, email peabody@patch.com.


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