Swampcott Men Tell Police They Broke into House to Use the Phone
The following information was provided by the Salem Police Department. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The Salem Police responded to the following calls and made the following arrests on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday, Jan. 19
2:46 p.m. — Police responded to 7-11 on Norman Street on a report of an undesirable man in the store. The employee pointed out a man and she said she thought he placed a drink in his jacket pocket. The officer spoke with the man and he had a Coke on the counter and was searching his pocket for money, police said. The officer said he paid for the drink.
2:53 p.m. — A check was found in the Salem Police Department parking lot.
4:36 p.m. — Damage to a vehicle in the Market Basket parking lot was reported.
5:20 p.m. — Malicious damage to a vehicle on Washington Street was reported. A man said unknown people have been throwing oil and other unknown objects on his vehicle. The man said he doesn't have issues with anyone and he doesn't know who could be responsible.
5:34 p.m. — Police were called to Salem Common on a call older kids were on the playground equipment for kids. The officer said there was no signs of damage and the small group was sent along.
6:05 p.m. — Officers helped the Marblehead police with a search after a robbery at knifepoint in the town. Salem police went to Marblehead to search in different neighborhoods, but they did not find anyone.
6:40 p.m. — Police received a call about an unwanted son at the back door of a Sutton Trail residence.
7:04 p.m. — Larceny of a Kindle was reported on Highland Avenue.
7:11 p.m. — A pedestrian was struck at Highland Avenue and Marlborough Road. Police said when they arrived a woman was on the ground being assisted by bystanders and her small child was with her. The driver was also at the scene. The driver said she thought the pedestrians were on the side of the road 10 feet away from the crosswalk when she was planning to make a right turn. The woman said she was not able to stop in time. Witnesses said the woman and her child were in the crosswalk when they were struck. One said the woman and child were sent into the air. The victim said she pushed the pedestrian button and started to cross toward CVS when the signal said it was safe. She said she was closer to the vehicle then her child and holding his hand. The woman said the vehicle didn't stop and she was dragged. She said she shielded her child and he went under the vehicle. The driver was issued a citation.
8:29 p.m. — Police received a call about threats on Bridge Street. A man told police his ex-roommate is spreading lies about him around town.
9:06 p.m. — Police received a call about a suspicious man trying to get into a vehicle on Butler Street. A man said he was just arriving home when he saw a man coming from his driveway where his wife's car is parked. The man said he parked on the other side of the street, went to the car and driver's door was ajar and the interior light was on. The man tried to chase the suspect, but lost him. Police were not able to locate the suspect. The man's wife said it didn't appear that anything was taken.
10:10 p.m. — The Salem Fire Department responded to a chimney fire on Bay View Avenue with the Salem Police. Police said the fire was contained within the chimney and was extinguished by the fire department without damage or injury.
11:08 p.m. — Police were called to Lawrence Street on a report of a fight in the front yard. The fight was over when police arrived a minute after the call.
Kristine M. Fiore, 26, of 16 Daniels St. was arrested on a warrant as well as on charges of operating after a license suspension, leaving the scene after property damage and an unsafe lane change.
Edgar Ovidio Perez-Lopez, 18, of 20 New Park St. in Lynn was arrested on charges of speeding and operating without being licensed.
Teresa J. Ramos, 50, of 84 Walnut St. in Peabody was arrested on a charge of operating after a license suspension.
Friday, Jan. 20
1 a.m. — Malicious damage/a motor vehicle break-in was reported on Summit Street. A woman said she woke up after hearing a noise. When she looked out her window she told police she saw two men running away from her vehicle. When she checked, her window was smashed and two passenger side tires were slashed, but nothing was taken from the car.
4:01 a.m. — A suspicious vehicle was reported on Canal Street. Police said it was gone on arrival.
5:07 a.m. — Police initially received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the middle of the street on Charles Street, but while en route, officers received a call that a resident was upstairs and said she had locked herself in her room because she heard two unknown men downstairs in her kitchen. When police arrived they saw two brothers — John and Philip Larkin (see below) — walking in the driveway. When officers asked what they were doing, one said: "Guys were chasing me. I need to use the phone." The man said he and his cousin went to a house party somewhere near Salem State the night prior. When they were leaving the party, he told officers he was robbed at gunpoint by three men and then said he needed help and ended up at the back door of the Charles Street residence. He said he entered through the rear door and used the home phone to call his brother to pick him up, since his phone was allegedly stolen. Then, the man told police his brother arrived but they ran out of gas on Charles Street so they re-entered the house to use the same home phone to call their father instead of using the cell phone the brother had with him. That was when the homeowner heard the voices and called the department, officers said. Both men were arrested.
8:35 a.m. — Slashed tires were reported on Pope Street.
10:09 a.m. — Police responded to Dearborn Street on a report a backpack with an iPad was stolen from the sidewalk.
10:12 a.m. — An officer responded to North Shore Medical Center on a report a mental health counselor had been bitten the day prior.
11:41 a.m. — Harassment on Japonica Avenue was reported to police.
2:26 p.m. — A Boxer off a leash was reported at Mason and Dunlap streets.
2:27 p.m. — Police responded to the Family Dollar Store on a report of harassment. A woman said she is being harassed by a customer who thinks she is someone else.
John J. Larkin, 20, of 93 Essex St. in Swampscott was arrested on two charges of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a crime.
Phillip A. Larkin, 19, of 93 Essex St. was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a crime.
Robinson Mejia, 18, of 12 First St. was arrested on two assault and battery charges.
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