The following are excerpts from reports in the press log from Dec. 21-25.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
- 3 p.m. A caller at Workout World reported a past theft. A black Nike jacket and a car key were stolen.
- 4:36 p.m. A caller at the reported a hate crime. The caller said a student placed swastikas on the windows after having some problems at the school with one of the counselors who is Jewish. An officer spoke with the people involved.
- 5:33 p.m. The Fire Department doused a bag of leaves aflame in the median strip on Lowell Street near the Hess gas station. No further details were available.
- 7:27 p.m. A 50-year-old Boston woman was issued a court summons for larceny over $250, following a report of a shoplifter at Macy’s Men’s and Furniture Store.
Thursday, Dec. 22
- 9:16 a.m. A caller on Washington Street reported someone cut his fence and parked on his property. Police said there were people working on a neighboring house and they had moved their vehicles at that time.
- 11:26 a.m. Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Lowell Street at the Route 128 ramp. Police said the driver whose car was hit attempted to get $50 from the other person because of the incident. The victim had left the scene before police arrived.
- 2:45 p.m. A 51-year-old Peabody man was issued a court summons for violating a restraining order, following an incident at a Dustin Road residence.
- 3:23 p.m. Police received a report of a road-rage incident on Lowell Street. One driver got out of his car and kicked the other vehicle before getting back inside and heading west up the street.
- 7:52 p.m. A female at Melanson Transport on Caller Street reported an employee at a business next door came over and assaulted her by poking her several times in the chest.
- 10:05 p.m. A car break-in was reported at TJ Maxx on Route 114.
- 11:09 p.m. A female caller on Lowell Street reported her ex-boyfriend stole her car, a 2004 Kia Spectra.
Friday, Dec. 23
- 11:05 a.m. An employee at on Central Street reported credit card fraud.
- 12:08 p.m. Police received a report of a threatening message left as a voice mail at Aqua Craft on Route 1. Police said the threat, however, wasn’t intended for any of the employees who worked at the shop.
- 12:58 p.m. One person was transported to the hospital after a two-car accident in the parking lot at on Route 114.
- 1:24 p.m. A house fire was first reported at 5 Hancock St. Washington Street was shut down from Hancock Street to Allens Lane. See related coverage of the fire.
- 2:14 p.m. A female at said she was assaulted during the school day. The initial report indicated some sort of weapon was involved. The incident is under investigation.
- 3:07 p.m. A caller on Forenza Road reported her TV was stolen. Police said someone entered the home through the garage and stole the TV set and the remote controller.
- 3:33 p.m. Police responded to a report of an attempted break-in at a Pine Street home. Police said the rear door was damaged, but the person was not able to gain entry.
- 6:47 p.m. Police provided an escort for the Fire Department as Firefighter James Rice’s body was taken by hearse to Boston to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office.
- 7:06 p.m. Officers assisted the Fire Department watching over Rice’s home in South Peabody.
- 7:57 p.m. Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle hit-and-run at . The suspect vehicle – a white Mercedes with heavy front-end damage – was last seen heading west on Lowell Street toward Route 1. The building inspector and the state police were notified. Police were unable to locate the vehicle at the time.
- 8:04 p.m. Police received a report of a past break-in to a second-floor apartment on Fulton Street. No further details were available.
- 10:54 p.m. A caller at Clooney Terrace reported someone was shooting her house with paintballs. Police said several paintballs were shot at the back of the house. There was no damage and police were unable to find any suspects, although they said the shots possibly came from residences on Route 1.
Saturday, Dec. 24
- 12:49 a.m. A caller at reported a car break-in. A rear window was broken and a purse, containing a wallet, $40 and several credit cards, was taken.
- 2:26 a.m. A clerk at on Route 1 reported an act of vandalism to the front of the hotel. Police said a plant was uprooted by a group of males in a stretch limo.
- 3:18 p.m. Police responded to a report of a car break-in at the . A $300 pair of boots was stolen. Officers were advised to be extra diligent in their patrols of area hotels due to an increase in recent car break-ins.
- 5:20 p.m. Police responded to a report of a car break-in at on Margin Street. An iPad, purse, wallet, $500 in Euros, $200 in American bills, a driver’s license and numerous credit cards were stolen. The victim said she had canceled the credit card accounts.
- 5:36 p.m. Police received a report of an “unruly group of street dwellers” inside a laundromat on Foster Street, drinking and causing a disturbance. The group was dispersed without incident.
- 5:41 p.m. A caller reported his mother’s apartment on Fulton Street was broken into sometime between Dec. 14 and 24. A 32-inch flat screen TV was stolen. There were no signs of a forced entry.
- 6:07 p.m. A caller at the Foster Street laundromat reported the same group of homeless people was back and causing a problem. An officer confirmed it was the same people and said they left the area before police arrived.
- 11:57 p.m. A Sanborn Street resident reported she came home to find her apartment burglarized. Someone opened the front door with a pry bar and stole a $100 Visa gift card from the Christmas tree inside. Nothing else was reported missing at the time and there was no further damage.
Sunday, Dec. 25
- 2:38 a.m. An officer reported a mulch fire at JZB Industries on Farm Avenue. The Fire Department was notified and extinguished the fire.
- 6:37 p.m. An officer reported his cruiser was struck by another car while he was responding to a call for medical aid on Winona Street. There were no injuries reported.
Monday, Dec. 26
- 9:59 a.m. A caller reported someone drove through his fence and into his yard on Lynn Street. The incident occurred between 9 and 11 p.m. the night before. He said there was approximately $500 in damage.
- 11:25 a.m. A caller on Goldberg Road reported a past break-in. A possible suspect was an estranged boyfriend, according to the victim. Police said it did not appear the person gained entry to the home, however.
- 11:48 a.m. A caller at Workout World reported a break-in. A 42-inch flat screen TV was stolen.
- 12:12 p.m. A male driver was cited for driving recklessly so as to endanger, following a report of a car accident on Bradford Road.
- 12:14 p.m. One driver was transported to Beverly Hospital after a two-car accident on Route 114.
- 1:04 p.m. A male was issued a court summons for assault and battery, following a report of a road rage incident at the Northshore Mall. The victim said the man assaulted her after the two argued.
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