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Police Beat 8/4/14: This is why we can’t have nice things

Posted: August 4, 2014 - 4:28pm

 • Vehicle accident/counterfeit currency at 1500 block of Mill Street.

An argument between relatives in a car on Saturday afternoon escalated into a fight that involved punches and the driver being strangled with his own seatbelt. The vehicle hit a parked car and a telephone pole. The driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Also, he had one of the fake $20 bills that have been going around in his pocket, according to the report.

 

• Motor vehicle theft at 1400 block of East Oak Street.

A car thief almost pulled off a rare “hat trick” late Friday night or early Saturday morning, stealing not only a 1998 Dodge pickup truck, but also the flatbed trailer that was hitched up to it and the Ford Expedition that was on the trailer. While officers were at the scene of the theft they found out that Mayflower PD had been in a pursuit involving the truck, and that the driver had fled on foot leaving the truck, trailer and SUV behind.

 

• Theft of property at 1600 block of Independence Street.

A woman reported that the UPS driver put her three boxes of Avon merchandise on her doorstep at around 2 p.m. on Friday, but she was trying to rock a baby to sleep and decided to wait a few minutes before bringing the boxes inside. She nooded off herself, and when she woke up at around 3:30 p.m. she found that a thief or thieves had taken them.

 

• Theft of property at 1300 block of Eastfield Street.

At some point between the start of last month and Friday afternoon a thief or thieves got into a man’s carport and stole a Robi string trimmer, a Homelite 14-inch chainsaw and a set of booster cables.

 

• Theft of property at 2100 block of Poplar Street.

A woman reported that she left her bicycle, a pink-colored Huffy Bel Aire, in her garage at about 3 p.m. on Monday and someone stole it. She didn’t have the serial number, but said that she’d seen a man riding around town on what looked to be her bicycle.

 

• Found property at 810 Parkway Street (District Court).

A courthouse worker found a small, tightly-wrapped package containing some loose tobacco, rolling papers and a lighter behind a toilet in the men’s room. It was supposed that it was to be smuggled into the jail by a prisoner, according to the report.

 

• Criminal mischief at 500 block of Augusta Avenue.

Late Thursday evening a vandal smashed the rear and side windows of a woman’s Buick. A witness said that the vandal looked to be a white male driving an older car.

 

• Criminal mischief at 2400 block of Washington Avenue.

At around 3:30 in the morning on Friday a vandal took a water meter cover and threw it through an apartment’s front window. The vandal was described as a black male wearing red shorts and driving a brownish-colored Cadillac.

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