Canine finds the cash drawer

Westford Police just sent us a press release about a break in at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area early this morning.

An alarm called officers to The Outlook restaurant at the ski area about 2:30 a.m.

They arrived to find a glass door at the building’s entrance shattered, a cash register smashed on the floor, and the cash drawer from the register missing. They also found a vehicle in the parking lot, and noticed the car’s hood was still warm.

Surveillance video showed a man breaking into the building and leaving with the cash drawer.

Officer Corey Peladeau was called to the scene with his canine partner Beny, and they tracked a scent through a wooded area and a grassy area on the Nashoba property. A short time later they found David Ward, 27, of Boxboro.

Police said Peladeau also located several items of clothing that were allegedly discarded by Ward, a cash drawer, and the keys to the car that was still parked in the parking lot. Continue reading

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Motorcycle happy ending

I wrote about someone stealing a motorcycle from 10-year-old Dylan Thompson last week, and I felt pretty confident stating that the crime was committed by a jerk.

Today the blog got a reminder that not everyone around here is a jerk.

Dylan and his family went camping over the weekend, and Dylan had no motorcycle to take along.

But he did have several text messages from Dave and Denise Pelletier, who texted Dylan’s mom with pictures of the new motorcycle they raised money to buy for him.

“Instead of thinking about who took his bike, he was getting excited about this new one,” Dawn wrote to me this afternoon. “The text that really got him smiling was ‘Dave is putting it together and charging it.’ I think he knew testing it was next!”

And, sure enough, Dylan got to test out his new motorcycle today in Dave and Dee’s yard.

Dawn posted the photo collage that’s above on Facebook today. Continue reading

Who stole Dylan’s motorcycle?

Dylan Thompson is a pretty cool kid.

He’s 10-years-old, he has Neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to grow throughout the body.

Earlier this month he had surgery to help maintain his vision, since the condition can effect both vision and hearing. Dylan is also deaf in one ear.

And yet I’ve never seen a picture of him without a smile. He’s a tough kid.

But some jerk stole Dylan’s motorcycle from outside his family’s house here in Lowell.

Dylan got the bike, pictured above, on June 26, 2010. The owner of TJ Callahans in Tewksbury gave the bike to Dylan during the Racing 4 Research Motorcycle Parade here in Lowell.

That event, organized by Dylan’s mom, Dawn Thompson, raised over $6,400 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization that supports research into Neurofibromatosis. Continue reading

Stealing from the graveyard

Here’s a classy one.

Lowell Police got a 911 call Wednesday afternoon at 3:11 p.m., from a 35-year-old Salisbury woman who told police her 73-year-old father was chasing a man who had just stolen cash from her pocketbook while she and her parents visited a grave in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Police swarmed the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, described as a white male, about 40-years-old, balding, in a gray and blue shirt.

The 35-year-old Salisbury woman told police she was visiting a grave with her 65-year-old mother and 73-year-old father, who are from Methuen, when her mother noticed that a man had opened the door of the family’s van, which was parked about 30 feet away.

The family saw the suspect take cash out of the 35-year-old’s purse and then take off running.

The 73-year-old father chased the suspect, but lost him behind 1100 Gorham Street.

Police tell me they have an idea of who the suspect is. I will be very very happy to bring you his name if he is arrested.

Hudson man arrested for burglary

A 30-year-old Hudson, N.H. man and a 23-year-old Derry, N.H. woman are facing charges connected to a Sunday night burglary in Nashua after police got an unrelated call and identified them both as suspects in a burglary that had occurred about 20 minutes earlier.

Nashua Police said in a press release that they were called to a home on Denton Street for a reported burglary Sunday about 5:28 a.m.

Officers got a description of a suspect, but found no one in the area.

At 5:48 a.m., police got an unrelated call reporting two “disorderly subjects” at the Motel 6, 2 Progress Avenue, Nashua.

Officers who went to Motel 6 recognized that Jeffrey Schilling, 30, of 35 River Road, Hudson, matched the description of the burglary suspect. Continue reading

Captured by a canine

On this story I have to credit one of my editors, Bruce Phillips, who’s name is pretty much never in the paper even though he designs and lays out the front page most nights around here.

Bruce called me Sunday morning about 1:20 a.m., to let me know there was a perp search involving a Massachusetts State Police canine in the area of Lincoln Parkway and Rindo Park Drive in Lowell.

Bruce said it sounded as if police were searching for someone who broke into the Daley Middle School, at 150 Fleming Street.

Bruce was correct.

You’ve gotta love editors who keep an ear on the scanner once you’re gone.

Police got an alarm call at the school about 12:56 a.m., and officers arrived to find two men in the lobby with several laptop computers. Continue reading

You were warned!

Well, at 11:42 p.m., the warning from Lowell Police that I posted about earlier tonight proved to be good advice indeed.

An officer was flagged down on East Merrimack Street, near Kearney Square, by someone who reported an armed robbery. It turns out there was not an armed robbery, though.

There was a car break.

Someone left a GPS in their car.

The person who flagged down an officer described a white male, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt with white long johns underneath. They said he should be carrying a white Market Basket grocery bag.

Police found the guy pictured in this entry near 210 Central Street about three minutes later. He had a white Market Basket grocery bag with a GPS unit inside of it, as you can see in the picture above. Continue reading