Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.
On the morning of Jan. 21, a Cooper’s hawk apparently lost its way, wandering into an MBTA train station in Quincy and flying into a pole. Quincy police Officer Tim Kaes rescued the dazed hawk and brought it to New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth, where it was assessed by a veterinary team. Officials from the wildlife center posted a photo of Kaes with the hawk on Facebook and wrote about the bird’s quick recovery. “Our lost friend was disoriented from flying into a pole at the MBTA,” the Facebook post said. “He was given meloxicam for pain and inflammation. After some rest, our team gave him a flight test and he was released back into the forest. Thank you Officer Kaes!”
THE ULTIMATE CLUE
On the morning of Jan. 16, a man walked into a police substation in Somerville to report that his vehicle had been broken into the night before. He’d parked in front of his house on Electric Avenue around 6 p.m., and when he got into his car the next morning he noticed that someone had rummaged through everything. A pair of sunglasses, $20 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, and BJ’s Wholesale Club ID card were missing, he told police. But most importantly, he discovered that the thief had left behind a cellphone, which he handed over to police. The officer who filed the police report then learned that another officer working a detail on Electric Avenue had seen a woman walking up and down the street looking into cars and checking their door handles. When he asked what she was doing, she stated that she “was looking for her cellphone, which was lost last night.” She said it was in a pink leather case. Police later showed up at the woman’s house and rang the doorbell. When she opened the door, one of the officers asked if she’d lost her cellphone. She replied yes, and the officer handed her the phone and asked if it was hers. She said it was. The officer then asked her to unlock the phone with her passcode to confirm that it indeed belonged to her. After she unlocked the phone, the 45-year-old Somerville woman was placed under arrest and charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle during the nighttime with intent to commit a felony.
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
Methuen Animal Control Officer Renee Falardeau recently earned kudos for reuniting two lost pets with their families. They were both tough cases. Falardeau solved the first one in early December, when she responded to a call about a stray cat that had been hanging out around a house on Sandra Lane for several weeks. When she arrived at the scene, she immediately recognized the cat, and it wasn’t a stray. It was actually a cat named Fluffy that had been reported missing in early July. Falardeau called her owners and told them the good news: Their kitty had been located and would finally be coming home.
The next case involved a small white dog that was found wandering the streets on Jan. 15. Falardeau made several attempts to locate its owner, but with little success. The dog had a microchip, but it contained outdated information. Falardeau also sought the public’s help on social media. But it was an old-school method that ultimately got the pup home. A Good Samaritan volunteered to hang posters, the owners saw their pet on one of them, and the pup was reunited with his family.
“Our Animal Control Officer does a lot of great work, including reuniting families with their beloved pets,” police Chief Joseph Solomon said in a statement. “These cases are the reason why we maintain a missing pets database, and I’m proud of the work that Officer Falardeau has done to uphold the highest professional standards in protecting residents and animals.”Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.