Breaking and entering
Police are investigating a burglary at a Blanchard Road residence that was reported on Wednesday, Aug 15. According to the police report, the owner returned home to find the front door had been smashed in and jewelry gone. The stolen items were valued at $6,000, Officer Daniele Fortunato said.
Motor vehicle accidents
A 27-year old Harvard resident was issued a summons after a hit-and-run accident on Ayer Road early Friday morning, Aug. 17. Ayer Police reported the accident at 1:39 a.m. after observing the vacant vehicle off the road and crashed in to a utility pole. The driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, operating to endanger, marked lanes violation and failure to keep right.
Another hit-and-run accident was reported Monday morning, Aug. 20. A tractor-trailer turning around on Old Mill Road veered onto a resident's property, causing damage, despite log barriers the homeowner had erected to keep vehicles off his lawn. The truck was gone on arrival and there was no way to trace it.
Truckers following GPS directions often mistake Old Mill Road as a direct route to Devens, despite a sign on Route 111 warning them off. There once was a road leading to the former military base, but after permanent barricades were erected many years ago, the road deteriorated and disappeared. Now it's a dead end street with no Devens access, as the sign says.
On Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, a
Fire Chief Richard Sicard reported the crash. Having observed a vehicle backing away from what looked like an accident scene, Sicard followed it, noted the registration number and called the police, Officer Daniele Fortunato said.
The vehicle had hit and damaged a stone wall on private property.
Police stopped the driver, Carrie Edmonds, 42, of Ann Lees Road at 9:10 p.m. She was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a motor vehicle so as to endanger, operating after revocation of driver's license and operating without a license. The vehicle was towed.
Parked vehicle towed
A vehicle was towed from Mass Avenue near The Bromfield School Thursday night, Aug. 23 after police checked the registration and found it had expired and was non-renewable. In such cases, the police can remove the plates, Officer Fortunato said. The owner, a Marlboro resident who was "with the vehicle," was issued a warning citation.
While on patrol late Thursday night, Sgt. John Coates spotted an unfamiliar motorcycle on an access road behind an Ayer Road business. Driving out to investigate, he spoke to the property owner and learned the motorcycle operator was a friend of his and expected.
A Stow police detective reported a green pickup truck parked on Finn Road conservation land Friday, Aug. 24, around midnight and provided a registration plate number. The vehicle was gone when Harvard police arrived, but they will be on the lookout if it shows up in town again.
The green pickup truck is of particular interest because the description fits a vehicle seen in the same place before, when a theft was reported.
Back in June, someone out walking the conservation land in the same area reported a backpack had been stolen from his parked vehicle while he was gone. A witness reported seeing a green pickup truck at the site around the same time.
The owner of the pickup truck spotted recently and traced via the plate number is a Hudson resident with a substantial criminal history. There are 93 criminal entries on the man's record, Officer Daniele Fortunato said.
When Fortunato later checked the area, with backup from the police chief, there was no sign of the pickup truck, she said.
Lost and found
An envelope with a $20 bill inside was found on Stow Road and turned in Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25. As of Tuesday morning, Aug. 28, it was still at the police station. The finder asked that the money be donated to the Police Association if nobody claims it.
In a separate incident Friday at midnight, an Old Littleton Road resident reported that two local boys, one of whom she knew, came to her door with phone books. Although it might simply have been a good deed -- bringing directories dropped off at the end of the driveway up to the house - the woman though it was odd, Officer Fortunato said. Police had no contact with the boys.
Between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 25, a vehicle seen in back of the Historical Society in Still River was considered suspicious until the driver, a Milford man , explained why he was there at that hour. He was dropping off bee hives.
On Saturday afternoon, a Stow Road resident reported seeing a male delving into a neighbor's mailbox. It happened on more than one occasion, the caller said, and the person was not the homeowner. The police will keep an eye on the address, officer Fortunato said. But it might have been someone the owner asked to pick up mail.
A traffic stop Saturday night at 7:28 on Still River Road resulted in an OUI arrest. When Alexander Kappos, 53, of Holden was stopped for speeding, he failed a series of field sobriety tests, supporting the officer's conclusion that he was inebriated. Kappos was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor, operating to endanger and speeding. The vehicle was towed.