When Groton police called Saturday morning, Nov. 1, to report that a Harvard resident’s stolen vehicle had turned up in that town, the owner hadn’t even reported it stolen yet, Officer Gregory Newman said. But he called shortly thereafter.
The vehicle, a 2006 Mercedes, had been stored in a barn at Whitney Farm on Whitney Lane.
The thieves apparently drove the car to Farmers Row in Groton, where they took it on a destructive, off-road joy ride, demolishing it in the process. On Tuesday morning, the wrecked car was parked in the garage at the Harvard police station.
Every panel on its body was dented, scratched and gouged. There were muddy footprints on the doors and side panels. The windshield and rear window were smashed. All four tires were caked with mud, and all but one light had been broken.
The state police crime scene team has examined the vehicle, which the owner’s insurance company has arranged to tow away, Officer Newman said.
Another stolen vehicle — a maroon-colored GMC truck — was in the police station parking lot. It was recovered Saturday afternoon on Sherry Road near the Boxborough town line.
A neighbor reported an unoccupied vehicle with a note on the windshield. The note turned out to be unrelated to the theft. It was left by a hunter who usually parks there, Newman said.
While canvassing the neighborhood, police learned that several residents’ cars had been rifled through and that items had been taken from them, he said, but the owners didn’t report the incidents to the police.
The state police crime scene team has also examined the second vehicle, he said.
Both cases are under investigation. — M.E. Jones
A couple of young people from Chelmsford, spotted at the old Shaker cemetery on South Shaker Road late Saturday night, Nov. 1 were told they were trespassing and had to leave, Officer Gregory Newman said. The cemetery closes at 7 p.m., he said.
* A report that someone had been ringing residential doorbells, smashing pumpkins and running away on Blanchard Road leads to the conclusion that this was a Halloween prank, Officer Newman said.
A motorist exiting Route 2 onto Ayer Road Saturday night reported to police that an unknown object had been thrown at his vehicle and had broken the windshield. The object was not recovered, however, and the man was not injured.
* Police were called to the general store late Monday night, Nov. 3, where a teenager’s car was apparently smeared with shaving cream while it was parked there. Likely it was a prank by someone the young man knew, Officer Newman said. No damage was done.
* A Littleton Road resident called police shortly before midnight on Monday, Nov. 3, to report that another resident in the apartment building was yelling and throwing things. The woman had been drinking, Officer Newman said. She was told to quiet down and go to bed.
An Ayer Road resident called police Friday morning, Oct. 31, to report a suspicious note he’d received in the mail. “It’s a money scam,” Officer Gregory Newman said.
The note proposed sending a sum of money in a future mailing for the recipient to deposit in the bank. Although the proposal makes it seem like a profit could be made for doing nothing except deposit checks, that’s not how it really works, Newman said. Tangled in a web of transactions is an illegal scheme, he said.
Putting an even more suspect spin on an old adage he said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t.” — M.E. Jones