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Police Log, August 9: Foot Chase on Mapleway Leads to Warrant Arrest

The following information was supplied by the Wakefield Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Police Log for Tuesday, August 9 (selective list):

8:11 a.m. - Thousands of dollars in materials were stolen from a New Salem Street construction yard overnight, according to police. Police said that a bucket, worth $1600, was stolen from the premises, along with $1,000 worth of scrap metal. Police have a surveillance video which shows the robbery and detectives are currently investigating the incident.

9:44 a.m. - A homeowner on Lowell Street called police to report a sighting of a large scorpion near the storm drain. Police were unable to locate the insect in the area.

10:35 p.m. - A resident of Meriam Street reported that his son's blue bicycle was stolen from his residence.

11:13 a.m. - A Wakefield man reported that his car was vandalized while he was having dinner last night at a Main Street restaurant. The victim told police that while he was in the restaurant, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., someone keyed the side of his 2010 Toyota Highlander while it was parked in a parking. The victim said the car was keyed on both sides. The damage has been assessed at $1456.

2:21 p.m. - Police arrested Colin Harrington, 25, of 2 Hayward Farms Lane in North Reading, on several outstanding warrants. Police said that as they were working a detail, they saw Harrington, who is known to police for having outstanding warrants, and two other individuals walking down Pine Street. When Harrington saw police, he allegedly began to run, sprinting towards the woods at the end of Mapleway Drive. Officers then lost sight of Harrington, but several officers - including some off duty officers who were working a detail and the K-9 unit, surrounded the area. A witness called police to report that a man was seen hiding in the rear of a home on Atwood Street. There, police found Harrington, and took him into custody. He is charged on three warrants, one for shoplifting out of Lynn Court and one for operating under the influence of drugs of of Malden Court.

4:24 p.m. - A Verizon manager reported to police that she believed someone was following her as she drive home from work, and attempted to run her off the road. The matter is under investigation by police.


4:46 p.m. - Police responded to Veterans Field for a verbal argument at the tennis courts. No charges are being pressed.
Verbal only

5:01 p.m. - A manager at Verizon reported to police that a car filled with Verizon workers was circling his home. Police were unable to locate the car.

8:22 p.m. - While patrolling the area of Melvin and Water Street, police gave a verbal warning to a motorist driving with a defective headlight.

8:41 p.m. - While patrolling Lowell Street and Salem Street, police gave two verbal warnings to motorists.

8:41 p.m. -  A caller reported to police that while his car was parked on Main Street, someone allegedly hit his car and drove off. The man reported moderate damage to his 2010 Chevy truck, with a broken front headline and scratches.

9:01 p.m. - Police responded to Sylvan Ave for a report of a disturbance.

11:19 p.m. - Police again responded to Sylvan Ave for a disturbance, and separated two involved parties for the evening.

1:43 a.m. - A taxi driver reported that two individuals whom he dropped off at Melrose Terrace did not pay him the fare. Police responded and the fare was paid.

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