Caller Mistakes Neighbor Reading With Flashlight For Burglar

Information provided by the Wakefield Police. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Note: Wakfield Police are advising residents to lock all of their doors and windows, including those on the second floor. In some recent cases, suspects have reportedly cut the screens and been able to open unlocked windows.


responded to these and other calls for service between Friday, August 10 and Sunday, August 12.

On Friday, August 10 at 8:29 a.m., police took a report of a man being assaulted by a woman. It turned out that there was only a verbal argument happening.
At 8:59 a.m., police were informed that someone had posted flyers near Greenwood Ave. containing derogatory statements about a juvenile female. DPW was told to take down the flyers, and the matter was referred to detectives.
At 9:33 a.m., two syringes were recovered at Albion and Bartley Street.
At 11:40 a.m., Wakefield notified Lynnfield Police of an erratic operator on 95 North.
At 1:12 p.m., a caller reported a man who had come to the door asking to sealcoat the driveway. Police found that the man was from a legitimate paving business, and told him he would have to register as a solicitor.
At 1:50 p.m., police were called after a customer tore away from a Water Street business at a high speed. The matter was later resolved.
At 2:31 p.m., a caller reported a man walking down the middle of Main Street.
At 2:45 p.m., police took a walk-in report involving theft of license plates.
At 5:04 p.m., a police cruiser was involved in a minor accident on Nahant Street.
At 8:45 p.m., a caller reported receiving harassing phone calls from her daughter in law. Police advised the daughter in law to stop.
At 9:22 p.m., a caller reported that a Domino’s pizza truck had struck a parked vehicle and left the area.
At 9:39 p.m. police were informed of a vehicle striking a telephone pole on Pleasure Island Road.

On Saturday, August 11, police checked on a possible domestic situation near North Ave. The two parties went on their separate ways for the night.
At 2:03 a.m., state police requested assistance with a suicidal male who was apparently jumping into traffic on 128 North near Exit 40.  The fire department and an area ambulance company were also notified.
At 5:29 a.m., a citizen turned in a wallet found on Maple Way.
At 9:45 a.m., police took a report involving credit card fraud.
At 10:51 a.m., a store manager on Main Street reported a past break in .
At 3:21 p.m., North Reading Police requested assistance with a juvenile who bolted from a vehicle  while being transported by a DCF worker. The youth was apprehended behind a residence on Winnisimmettee Avenue after being spotted trying to hop a fence near Route 128. A K9 unit also assisted in the search.
At 4:05 p.m., a caller reported that another motorist had dented her car with his door, then refused to acknowledge the damage and went inside the gym.
At 7:40 p.m., a caller reported a male stumbling around his car at Shaw’s. Soon after, police arrested Felix A. DiTomaso, 57, of 15 Upham Street, Peabody, for OUI 2nd Offense and operating with a suspended/revoked license.
At 8:13 p.m., two separate callers reported a motorist almost striking a traffic detour barrier at a very low rate of speed. An investigation found that the motorist was not impaired.
At 8:30 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious truck on Main Street. Soon after, police issued a summons to a 39 year old Boston man for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
At 9:10 p.m., a caller  on Bartley Street reported that someone was in his neighbor’s house with a flashlight. The culprit turned out to be the neighbor himself – a parent reading to their child with a flashlight.
At 10:10 p.m., a woman on Salisbury Road reported an animal on her ceiling – possibly a tarantula. The animal was a bat, and it flew out of the house with help from a neighbor.

On Sunday, August 12 at 11:51 a.m., a large number of fluorescent bulbs were found broken on North Ave. DPW was informed.
At 2:26 p.m., a K9 unit was called for a consented vehicle search near Walton Lane. No drugs were found.
At 4:59 p.m., a caller reported a man lying on the grass on Main Street. He was brought to a nearby hospital.
At 8:32 p.m., an officer sent a group of 15 youths on their way from the back of a building on Audubon Road.


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