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Pair nabbed while snatching sign

HARVARD — A police officer watched as a vehicle with two young men inside pulled up beside a “Road Caution” sign that had been set up on Ayer Road.

They picked up the sign and put it in the back of the car, said Officer William Castro. The officer stopped the vehicle as it started to drive off.

The pair, Gregory Adamowicz, 18, and Chase Willson, 19, both of Groton, were arrested. The vehicle was towed. They are both charged with larceny over $250 and using a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime. Adamowicz, the driver, was also charged with speeding.

The incident occurred at 2:23 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. After the men were booked at the police station, they were released on personal recognizance about three hours later. — M.E. Jones

Traffic stop results in summons

HARVARD — A Princeton woman driving on Ayer Road before dawn April 5 was stopped by police after a random check of her vehicle’s license plate showed the registration had been revoked for insurance cancellation. She was issued a summons. The vehicle was towed. — M.E. Jones

Motor-vehicle accidents

HARVARD — A truck traveling south on Ayer Road April 4 got into big trouble as it approached the curve at Doe’s corner.

The vehicle was hauling a flatbed trailer with a 15-ton crane on it. Apparently, the cargo wasn’t well-secured. When the load shifted, the crane fell into soft earth at the side of the road, narrowly missing a utility pole and causing minor damage to a lawn and driveway at 327 Ayer Road.

The truck driver called a service to rescue his equipment, said Officer William Castro. It was a big job and likely very costly, he said. Traffic was backed up for some time.

The driver was not issued a citation, Castro said.

A less hefty mishap occurred the next day on Tahanto Trail. A vehicle operated by a Harvard girl struck a rock wall and a tree.

According to the accident report, the driver told police she had swerved to avoid hitting a deer that jumped in front of her car. She was transported by ambulance to Emerson Hospital, but had no visible injuries, said Castro.

The vehicle sustained damage to the front end and undercarriage. It was towed. — M.E. Jones

Sex offender tracked after leaving town

HARVARD — A registered, Level 3 sex offender who had been living on Bolton Road left town without notifying local police, in violation of the law, said Officer William Castro. The Massachusetts State Police have tracked his whereabouts out of state. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, he said.

Though he didn’t specify the nature of the former town resident’s offense, Castro said the category he’s registered under is the least serious under the law. — M.E. Jones