Woman Targeted by Panama 'Grandson' Scam
Information provided by the Wakefield Police. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Wakefield Police responded to these and other calls for service on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013.
At 8:05 a.m. an accident was reported near Farm Street and Old Nahant Road.
At 9:30 a.m. a syringe was reportedly found near the railroad tracks on Albion Street.
At 9:51 a.m. a lost pocketbook was recovered near Pleasure Island Road.
At 10:05 a.m. an employee on Edgewater Drive reported two suspicious young males were looking into parked cars in the garage. A man was apparently showing his truck to a friend.
At 12:33 p.m. a caller reported that two people had called in a phone scam from Panama where one person pretended to be a bail bondsman, and the other claimed to be her grandson, arrested for drugs in that country and in need of bail money. The woman realized it was a scam and did not fall for it. Local police are advising other residents to be aware of this scam and to not provide any personal information or money.
At 3:24 p.m. a stolen bicycle was reported on Foster Street.
At 6:06 p.m. an earlier accient was reported on North Ave.
At 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, March 7th, a woman was reportedly causing a verbal disturbance at the Clarion Inn. She was gone on arrival.
At 12:49 a.m., police received a report of an erratic driver near Vernon Street and Water Street who had allegedly gone up onto the curb several times. Police arrested Christian J. Contarino, 27, 3B Sugarthill Lane, Wakefield, and charged him with the following: OUI drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a class E drug, a red light/stop sign violation, and having no inspection sticker.