Needham police respond to fraud, disturbances, and suspicious activity in a busy week

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NEEDHAM — A series of incidents including fraud reports, disturbances, and suspicious activities kept Needham Police Department officers busy over the past week.

On May 20, at around 12:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Great Plain Avenue to investigate a fraud complaint.

The victim was advised on steps to address the situation.

Later that day, at 1:36 p.m., a Roseate Road resident reported a suspicious phone call concerning a scam about a COVID-19 loan.

The following day began with a response to a suspicious vehicle on Central Avenue at approximately 8:40 a.m., with the matter currently under investigation.

At 10:30 a.m., a stolen license plate report was filed by a Rosemary Street resident.

In the afternoon, officers dealt with a physical altercation on Harris Avenue and later, at 6:30 p.m., resolved a disturbance on Broadmeadow Road by escorting the individual involved off the property.

Early on May 22, officers investigated a house alarm and reported a suspicious person on Fuller Road around 2:12 a.m. A thorough search yielded no results.

Theft reports were also taken that day for a power drill on River Park Street and a bicycle on Sargent Street, with the drill later found.

A resident on Ferndale Road reported a lost musical instrument, and a Stratford Road resident reported being a victim of identity fraud.

A traffic stop on Central Avenue led to the arrest of a 46-year-old Newton man for marked lanes violation and operating under the influence of alcohol.

The next day, a 44-year-old Watertown woman was summoned for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and defective equipment after being stopped on Webster Street.

On May 23, a Thornton Road resident reported an incident of fraud with no monetary loss.

Later, officers took a report of a suspicious incident on Highland Avenue and responded to threatening messages received by an individual on 2nd Avenue.

On May 24, a dispute between a resident and a waste truck operator over damage to property was resolved on Oak Hill Road.

Suspicious persons reports were taken on Shirley Road and at the police station concerning dog bites on Needhamdale Road.

The week concluded with a report of trespassing on Central Avenue where the individual was found to have approached the wrong address.

An unemployment fraud case on Wayne Road was documented, and an inappropriate phone call was reported on Great Plain Avenue.

Needham Police continue to investigate several of the incidents and urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

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