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Police Log: Officers Investigate Rash of Vehicle Vandalism

The following information comes from the Winchester Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

[Editor's note: The following information comes from the Winchester Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.]

Officers Investigate Rash of Vehicle Vandalism

On Jan. 9, Winchester Police investigated multiple reports of vehicle vandalism.

At 8:18 a.m., police responded to Washington Street for a report of vehicle vandalism. The caller reported that the rear window of their Honda CRV was shattered sometime overnight while the vehicle was parked in his driveway, according to police. Police believe the incident was random in nature, and the glass may have been shattered by a BB gun.

At 9:12 a.m., police called to Allegheny Contract on Holton Street on a report of vandalism. Two lobby windows were shattered by a BB gun, according to police. Police intended to review surveillance footage.

At 10:42 a.m., police responded to Washington Street on a report of vehicle vandalism. The caller reported that her vehicle's rear window was shattered sometime overnight, according to police. Police believe the incident was random in nature, and the glass may have been shattered by a BB gun.

Jan. 7

8:05 a.m.: Police responded to the intersection of Wildwood and Cambridge Streets for a report of a two-vehicle crash. No tows or transports logged.

9:42 a.m.: Police made a motor vehicle stop for speeding in the area of Lawson Road and Main Street. Criminal complaints for operating a motor vehicle after license suspension and speeding were filed against a 49-year-old Winchester woman, according to police.

10 a.m.: Police responded to Winchester Place for a report of a past hit-and-run incident. The caller reported their parked vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle sometime between 5 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. the night before. 

Jan. 8

5:44 p.m.: Police called to Washington Street on a report of a hit-and-run incident. A vehicle was parked on Washington Street, while another vehicle was traveling southbound on Washington when it struck the parked vehicle and fled the scene, according to police. The owner of the parked vehicle had to jump out of the way of the moving vehicle, and the moving vehicle's "passenger's side mirror was ripped from the vehicle," according to police. A criminal citation was filed against a 57-year-old Winchester woman, charging her with leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage, according to police. 

Jan. 9

7:50 p.m.: Police called to Swanton Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident. While trying to avoid a turning vehicle, another vehicle ended up hitting a chain-link fence, according to police. About a 20-foot section of the fence was damaged and an estimated $1,000 was done in damage, according to police. 

Jan. 10

2:55 p.m.: Police responded to the intersection of Forest Street and Highland Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle crash. A vehicle was traveling westbound on Forest Street when it attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highland Avenue and in doing so struck a second vehicle, according to police. Two people were transported to Winchester Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, according to police. A 51-year-old Stoneham woman was cited for failing to yield right-of-way to oncoming traffic, according to police.

4:10 p.m.: Police called to the intersection of Fairmount Street and Highland Avenue for a report of a three-vehicle accident. A vehicle stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the street, with a second vehicle stopping behind the first vehicle and a third vehicle rear-ending the second vehicle which pushed the second vehicle into the first vehicle, according to police. 

Jan. 11-12

No significant items to report.

Jan. 13

2:50 p.m.: Police and firefighters responded to a Swanton Street home for a report of a possible house fire. After no one was found to be home, firefighters forcibly gained entry to the home and discovered burning food on the stove, according to police. Firefighters aired out the house and cleared the scene, according to police. DPW responded and temporarily resecured the door, according to police. Police attempted to find a number for the homeowner, but were unsuccessful in their initial attempts.

Jan. 14

No significant items to report.

Jan. 15

9:37 a.m.: Police responded to Thompson Street for a report of a past hit-and-run incident. The caller reported returning to his vehicle only to find that it had been struck by an unknown vehicle, according to police. 

10:42 a.m.: Police assisted the U.S. Marshall's office by responding to Amberwood Drive to serve an arrest warrant out of Vermont Superior Court. Edward Berberian, 22, of 31 Amberwood Dr., Winchester, was arrested on a warrant charging him with burglary. He booked at Winchester Police Station, and then later transported to Woburn District Court.

5:15 p.m.: Police responded to Church Street on a report of a damage done to town property. A fire alarm box had been knocked down, and investigators were unsure if the estimated $1,500 in damage was from a passing vehicle. The box was expected to be repaired Jan. 16, according to police.

luckyfreeman February 05, 2013 at 02:43 AM
the criminals should be forced to pay 3 times the cost to repair all the vandalism...then be put in jail for an entire summer...so they cant be out living it up...

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