Purse-Snatching Reported on Washington Street
The following information was submitted by the Salem Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police Department's log:
Thursday, Feb. 7:
- At 5:03 p.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious man running with a green purse near the intersection of Salem and Dow streets. Responding officers determined the man was running to a car with his girlfriend's purse.
- At 5:18 p.m., a man entered the police station to report that the passenger's side window of his vehicle was smashed out while it was parked on Congress Street and he found a broken bottle in the back seat.
- At 7:18 p.m., police responded to a report of a skunk walking in the road near the intersection of Gallows Hill Road and Witch Way.
- At 7:45 p.m., a Mead Court woman called police to complain about a roommate who has been burning sage and incense in their apartment. The man told police he would stop burning things in the apartment.
- At 7:49 p.m., police responded to a report of a dog barking on Forrester Street. The dog was brought inside before police arrived.
- At 11:15 p.m., police responded to a report of malicious damage to a door on Heritage Drive. A man told police he and his wife were siting on the couch watching TV when their glass door shattered. Responding officers determined that the inner-pane was shattered and no damage was done to the outside pane. The man told police he nothing was thrown at the window from inside the apartment and assured officers that he and his wife hadn't been arguing.
Friday, Feb. 8:
- At 7:56 a.m., police responded to a report of broken bottles on Meadow Street.
- At 11:51 a.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Madeline Avenue and Appleby Road. A man told police he started his girlfriend's car to warm it up and when he came back the car was down a hill and against another vehicle. The BMW reportedly went down a hill, over a large rock, through a bush and into another car.
- At 12:10 p.m., police responded to Salem Cycle for a report of a purse snatching. A woman told police that an unknown man grabbed her purse from her right shoulder and ran away down Washington Street. Police were unable to locate anyone matching the description she provided.
- At 12:30 p.m., a Palmer Street man called police to report that music equipment went missing from the basement storage area of his building overnight.
- At 1:23 p.m., a snow emergency tow was made on Margin Street.
- At 1:35 p.m., a man called police to report that someone ripped the gas tank cover off of his truck overnight.
- At 4:26 p.m., police responded to a report of a vehicle break-in on First Street.
- At 5:42 p.m., a vehicle was towed on Colonial Terrace.
- At 5:45 p.m., police responded to a loud party on Pope Street. A woman told responding officers that she was having a birthday party for her 4-year-old daughter and agreed to turn the music down.
- At 6:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a squirrel caught in a trap on Ocean Avenue.
- At 7:55 p.m., police conducted a well-being check on a person in the snow. The person reportedly told officers they were staying at The Hawthorne Hotel and just went out for a walk.
- At 8:02 p.m., police responded to a report of kids throwing snowballs on Charter Street.
- At 8:54 p.m., police responded to a report of "people in (the) street impeding plowing operation" on Valley Street.
- At 9:01 p.m., police responded to a report of a possibly drunk person in the middle of the road on Mall Street.
- At 9:03 p.m., police responded to a report of a past assault on School Street. A man told police that three kids were throwing snowballs at his truck and when he approached them they punched and assaulted him before fleeing the area.
- At 10:13 p.m., police checked on a pedestrian near Washington Square.
- At 10:32 p.m., police and fire units responded to a burning plow truck on Scenic Terrace.
- At 10:48 p.m., police responded to report of a pickup truck parked in the road on Porter Street that was impeding plowing operations.
Saturday, Feb. 9:
- At 2:21 a.m., "Finn" the dog was found under a truck on Jackson Street. The dog was brought into the station and eventually returned to its owner.
- At 6:33 a.m., police responded to a report of vehicles blocking the plows on Roslyn Street.
- At 2:24 p.m., a woman called police to ask for an officer to help her find her car. The woman said the vehicle was covered in snow and she didn't know where it was parked. The vehicle was located nearby.
- At 2:57 p.m., police responded to a weather-related car accident at the intersection of Aborn and Abbott streets.
- At 2:57 p.m., police responded to a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Essex and Crombie streets. A vehicle reportedly snapped a utility pole and left the area.
- At 5:40 p.m., police assisted a woman on Washington Street who became stuck in the snow.
- At 5:58 p.m., police responded to a report of someone pushing snow into the street on West Avenue.
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