Tax fraud reports mount

Apr 6, 2015 by

WAKEFIELD — Police over the holiday weekend handled calls concerning several more incidents of tax fraud.

The first incident was reported by a Columbia Road man who said that someone had used his Social Security number to file not only taxes but an unemployment claim. He notified police at about 2:15 p.m. Friday and spoke with Patrol Officer Clifford Perry.

On Saturday, just after noon, a woman called police to report that someone stole her identification to file taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. She spoke to Patrol Officer Ryan Doran.

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A Crescent Street resident called police when he discovered that the passenger side window on his 2013 Nissan Rogue had been broken. A small amount of money inside the vehicle was stolen. Det. John Ryan handled the call, reported just after 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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Police went to Millbrook Lane at about 6 a.m. Saturday to assist the driver of a 2008 Toyota Siena after he got stuck in a ditch. Police said the driver was making a turn into Millbrook Lane and most likely misjudged the amount of space available and went into the ditch. Patrol Officer Shane Pelletier responded to the scene.

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In other police business over the weekend, beginning Friday:

• Wakefield police notified State Police about a wild turkey on Rte. 128 south. The call was logged at about 10 a.m.

• A caller alerted police that the Adele Circle street light was down. The Department of Public Works was notified just after 2:30 p.m.

• Police sent a trespasser on his way from an area near Briarwood Road at about 6 p.m.

• A youth disturbance at the intersection of Lassell and Humphrey streets involving loud music was resolved at about 7:30 p.m.

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On Saturday:

• A collision on North Emerson Street was reported at about 2:45 p.m. There was no reported damage.

• An Albion Street resident reported he had lost his wallet containing a debit card. The call was logged at about 4:20 p.m.

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On Sunday:

• A Summer Street resident notified police that his son had received threats over the phone. Police are looking into the matter, reported at about 6:15 p.m.

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The Fire Department responded to 27 calls over the weekend, 17 for medical aid.

On Friday, a fire crew went to the area of 52 Nahant St. following a report of smoke at 5:30 p.m. Firefighters traced the odor to outdoor cooking.

On Saturday, firefighters went to 93 Wood St. at 6:45 a.m. for a fire alarm activation caused by someone accidentally bumping a pull station on the first floor; 410 Salem St. at 8:30 a.m. for a fire alarm system malfunction; the intersection of Main and Salem streets at 1 p.m. for arcing electrical wires; 15 Lawrence St. at 5:15 p.m. for arcing wires (the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified about both incidents), and 595 North Ave. (Clarion Inn) at 9:30 p.m. for a fire alarm activation caused by a stove cleaning.

On Sunday, a crew went to 11 Heather Ln. at 10:30 a.m. and 88 Valley St. at 2:45 p.m. for fire alarm system malfunctions and 35 Lakeview Ave. at 5 p.m. for smoke caused by a pillow left too close to an electrical baseboard.

 

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