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'Huffing Cans,' Water Main Break, False Report of Armed Shoplifter

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

The following are excerpts from reports in the Peabody Police Department press log from Dec. 14-16.

Friday, Dec. 14

  • 2:17 p.m. A caller on Anderson Street reported an unknown person put peanut butter in her backyard. Police said the peanut butter was from a neighbor feeding the squirrels.
  • 3:22 p.m. A male driver was taken to Salem Hospital with a neck injury after a three-car accident on Violet Road. Two of the vehicles were towed from the scene.
  • 4:11 p.m. Staff at Pacific Sunwear, located in the Northshore Mall, reported someone stole an iPad from the store sometime since Saturday.
  • 4:29 p.m. A caller reported her vehicle was kicked by another motorist during a road rage incident. Police said the woman did not stop, however, to report the incident. An officer then stopped suspect vehicle near Chandler's Ice Cream and gave the driver "verbal counseling" and sent her on her way.
  • 5:23 p.m. Staff at Haven from Hunger reported there was a highly intoxicated male client at the food pantry. The 44-year-old man was transported to Salem Hospital.
  • 6:06 p.m. A caller reported a male tried to start a fight with him and was yelling in the street near the Metro Bowl. Police checked the railroad tracks and Constitution Park for the man, but could not find him. An officer later reported it was a homeless man that frequents the area.
  • 8:48 p.m. An employee at the Amazing Superstore reported an attempted shoplifting. The clerk said a female dropped the merchandise in the store and fled in a vehicle with Massachusetts plates. State police were notified.
  • 9:52 p.m. A caller on Magnolia Way reported seeing a male involved in drug activity inside a black SUV. Police checked the entire complex, but did not find the vehicle.

Saturday, Dec. 15

  • 12:34 a.m. Scott Deharo, 37, of 4 Mill St. #7, Peabody, was arrested at the Charles Motel on Mill Street for disturbing the peace and on a Massachusetts Trial Court warrant.
  • 6:55 a.m. Nicole Armstrong, 20, of 4 Mill St. #6, Peabody, was arrested at the Charles Motel for domestic assault and battery.
  • 9:28 a.m. A resident at the corner of Lynch and Lynnfield streets reported it looked like a vehicle struck a tree during the night and the vehicle was left there, abandoned. An officer spoke with a 27-year-old man who lives on Baldwin Street and he said he fell asleep while driving his car -- a red 2005 Lexus. The vehicle was towed away and the man said he would seek his own medical attention.
  • 10:58 a.m. Police received a report of a stolen purse at Stop & Shop. The suspect fled the area in a newer model black Jeep SUV.
  • 12:19 p.m. Aberdeen Avenue was shut down to traffic after a water main break was reported. Police said the break was in front of Nos. 19 and 23 and notified the Water Department. Water was also shut off to the street while repairs were made.
  • 12:44 p.m. A caller at a Warren Street apartment reported her sister stole a personal check from her and cashed it.
  • 3:04 p.m. John A. Henry, 36, of Peabody, was arrested at the Leather City Common on two active warrants from Falmouth District Court.
  • 5:12 p.m. Police received a report of a female "huffing cans" inside a store downtown and repeatedly passing out. She was asked to leave and then headed toward McDonald's. Police were unable to locate her and notified Salem police.
  • 5:15 p.m. Police responded to a head-on collision at the corner of Gardner and Margin streets. One female was injured and transported to Salem Hospital.
  • 7:38 p.m. A caller reported a car break-in at Kindred Hospital. Police the car was unlocked and two purses and multiple valuables were stolen.

Sunday, Dec. 16

  • 12:21 a.m. An officer reported there was an erratic driver on Route 1 at the I-95 South split. Patrol cars and state police were notified. Lynnfield police eventually stopped the car in their town on Route 1.
  • 2:45 a.m. A caller reported she hit a deer with her car on Lynnfield Street. The deer was removed from the road without incident and the woman drove her car home.
  • 8:48 a.m. Mall security reported people in line outside Foot Locker for a release of a new sneaker model were causing a problem. An officer responded to the scene and said order was restored.
  • 10:03 a.m. A caller on Brookbridge Road reported hearing what she believed were several gun shots in the area of the bike path. An officer checked the area and said it was all quiet. He also spoke with a resident on Styles Drive who said there were sounds off in the distance in Middleton.
  • 11:28 a.m. A resident complained about heavy equipment being used on the property next to hers at 130 Newbury St. An officer spoke with a man in charge of the construction company and informed him he needed a special permit to work on Sunday. Police said work at the site ended for the day.
  • 1:33 p.m. Mall security reported receiving a call from Sears store security of a problem with a shoplifter who supposedly had a gun. There was no description of the shoplifter nor any possible location for the suspect. An officer checked with Sears security and they said they did not make the call and were unaware of any problems. Police said the incident appeared to be unfounded.


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

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