Danvers' 10 Most Bizarre Police Stories of the Past Year
Here are Danvers Patch's picks for the 10 most bizarre police log entries from the last year.
In honor of Danvers Patch reporting on the local police activity for the past year, we decided to look back and reflect on some of the truly bizarre police entries.
Here are our picks for the 10 most bizarre police log entries over the last year in no particular order:
1. Suspicious Moving Trash Bag Reported to Police: On July 26, an individual called police to report something moving inside of a trash bag at 11:55 a.m. on Maple Street. After police investigated, they found that the bag, which was full of dirty kitty litter, was moving due to the breeze.
2. Alleged Shoplifter Caught With Partially Eaten Rotisserie Chicken On February 16 a Peabody man was arrested at Market Basket for allegedly stealing $68 worth of meat, including a partially eaten rotisserie chicken. Police said they were called to Market Basket on Endicott Street for a man who had taken meat and stuffed it inside his coat before walking out, allegedly without paying. He was stopped by store employees and police were called. Police said among the meat that was allegedly inside his jacket was a rotisserie chicken that included a partially eaten leg.
3. Salem Teen Caught Stealing Ladies’ Undergarments On May 3 a 15-year-old Salem male was arrested at 11:17 a.m. for shoplifting at Marshall’s. Police said he was stealing some female undergarments from the department store.
4. Man Arrested After Observing Women at Planet Fitness At 6:53 p.m. on July 12, police responded to Planet Fitness after a suspicious person was seen touching himself inappropriately while observing females working out. Bettencourt said the man was not exposed, but was seen pleasuring himself over his clothing. Officers spoke to witnesses and the individual was arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct and disorderly conduct.
5. Police Find 2 Drunk Men Lying on Route 114 On April 28 a 64-year-old Winthrop man and a 41-year-old Framingham man were both placed into protective custody at 7:12 p.m. after police found them lying in the road near Guitar Center on Route 114. Both men were intoxicated. Police had received a call from the store that the men were outside in the road.
6. Repeat Offender Flees Store After Playing $477 in Keno On June 28, at 8:26 p.m. police were dispatched to the Corner Grocery Store, after a woman bought Keno tickets without the money to pay for them. She called someone to pay for the tickets, but when he arrived she ran out and left with him. At 8:41 p.m. on July 5 the same female was reported playing $477 worth of Keno and then fled the Village Food Store without paying.
7. Suspicious Package Turns Out to Be Dog Excrement On January 10, a resident called at 11:24 a.m. to report a man placed a suspicious package – a small box – on the side of the road at the corner of Burley Farm and Mildred roads. Police said an officer responded to the scene and discovered the box contained dog excrement.
8. Shoplifter Attacks Store Workers On November 8 a Peabody teen was arrested for shoplifting at Best Buy and attacking employees who confronted him. At 3:12 p.m., an employee reported the suspect stuffed Nintendo Wii remote controllers in his pockets and tried to leave the store. When confronted, he became defensive and swung a set of keys on a long lanyard, striking one employee in the face. He started throwing punches and was chased to the door and detained. He managed to escape, but was subsequently tracked down in Peabody by police and arrested on a warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the keys), assault and battery, shoplifting and malicious damage to property because he broke a store window during his escape.
9. Threatening Calls Made Regarding Strawberry Festival On June 4 a non-domestic dispute was reported when the owner of Connors Farm received a threatening phone call in which the person was openly discussing his displeasure with the farm's unwillingness to accept an outside vendor at the upcoming Strawberry Festival.
10. Suspicious Cupcake Distributors Reported To Police On June 22 A reporting party stated some young kids were knocking on the doors of homes on North Street, giving out cupcakes. Officers found the two young girls and spoke to their parents. According to Captain Ambrose, there was no malicious intent.
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