A caller told police that on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, that a blonde individual, about 4 to 5 feet tall was rifling through mailboxes on Finn Road and Withington Lane. The police surmised from the caller’s description that the person may have been a young boy, but he was gone on arrival. There were no reports of damaged mailboxes in the area or items missing, Officer Daniele Fortunato said.

On Wednesday, July 4, a mailbox was pulled out of the ground at an Old Littleton Road residence and removed. It was later found at another location, undamaged. The police report did not state if any mail was reported missing.

On Thursday, July 5, a man seen by a Shaker Road resident emerging from woods near her home at about 3:15 p.m. was gone when police arrived a few minutes later. The caller said the man told her he was looking for a lost dog.

Alleged drunk driver nabbed

An E-911 caller’s report of erratic operation led to traffic stop and arrest late Wednesday night, July 4. The caller spotted the vehicle on Route 110/Ayer Road and the police caught up with it on Route 2, headed east.

After pulling the vehicle over, the sergeant and a new officer on duty arrested the driver. Mark Sherman, 25, of Belmont, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating so as to endanger and marked lanes violation.

On Monday, July 9, a Prospect Hill Road resident reported a blue and white vehicle parked at the end of her driveway whose driver “ducked down” as she passed it. The vehicle was gone when police arrived.

But the police believe they know who it was, a former owner of the home who still lives in town, perhaps taking a nostalgic last look at the house. The woman was advised to call if it happens again.

Three teenagers spotted hanging around near the General Store late Monday night quickly moved off when asked to do so. Understandably, police are keeping an eye on the area after a string of vandalism incidents at the Still River Road intersection.

Malicious mischief continues

At 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, a picnic table was placed in the roadway to obstruct traffic at the four-way intersection in the town center. It was removed.

On Sunday, July 15, at 3:51 a.m., vandals again built a roadblock at the intersection they have been haunting. This time the obstruction was heavy-duty fencing from nearby Fairbanks Street that enclosed construction materials for the sewer project.

The heavy fencing was uprooted and dragged off, but apparently the culprits did their dirty work quietly, because nobody in the neighborhood called to report a disturbance.

The contractor estimated a cost of $250 for workers to come out and replace the fence.

Car fire

A Florida man who was passing through town and unexpectedly dropped in to visit a friend on Stow Road accidentally started a fire in his friend’s driveway. On Thursday morning, July 12, the man was repairing his car in the driveway when flammable liquid he had used on some of the parts he was working on ignited.

No one was hurt and the fire was extinguished, but not without damage. The fire left blackened scars on the landscape, which is doubly unfortunate since the house is for sale, Officer Fortunato said.

Attempted fraud

In an incident reminiscent of a computer scam perpetrated on a Harvard woman a couple of weeks ago, another resident reported to police Thursday afternoon that her email account was hacked into and that would-be thieves sent out a flurry of e-mails to people in her address book, asking them to send money to London. Fortunately, nobody did.

In the previous case, the woman sent $2,000 by wire to Spain, thinking the request came from friends who needed her help.

In the recent case, people who were contacted by the bogus e-mailer called the woman the messages claimed to be from, including her bank. That’s how she found out what was going on, Officer Fortunato said. Her accounts were not compromised, however.

Lost dog

A Woodside Road resident found a strange dog scratching at the door early Monday morning, July 16. After identifying and contacting the owner via information on the dog’s collar tag, the caller took the dog to ACO Paul Willard to wait for the owner to claim it.

On Friday afternoon, July 13, an Old Littleton Road resident reported a vehicle parked near the end of her driveway. She described the vehicle as silver, with tinted windows. The house had previously been broken into, and she was worried. But it turned out to be a woman who regularly parks there to walk her dog.

Another report later that evening came from a Littleton Road resident who said a vehicle was parked in the driveway of a home whose owners were away. The car belonged to a woman who was there to water the people’s plants, Officer Fortunato said.

Headed for the swimming hole

When Detective Gregory Newman spotted a group of 15 teenagers headed for the railroad bridge on Still River Depot Road Friday evening, he told them they could be charged with trespassing and that if they planned to jump from the bridge into the river to beat the heat, it wasn’t safe.

They headed for the tank bridge instead, Officer Fortunato said.

Lost life jackets

An Oak Hill Road resident reported on Friday, July 13 that two life jackets were missing from his boat, anchored at Bare Hill Pond.

Motor vehicle accidents

A Harvard woman escaped injury when her car veered off the road, went over an embankment and landed in a field on Littleton County Road Saturday afternoon, July 14.

The vehicle reportedly flipped over at one point after hitting a “divot,” but righted itself and traveled 200 feet into the field, with the driver’s foot apparently still on the gas pedal.

OnStar reported the accident, which occurred near Beaver Brook and a large field by the entrance to Sysco, to police. The woman said she swerved to avoid another vehicle that “ran her off the road,” Officer Daniele Fortunato said.

Although the driver was not cited, her account of the crash may not have accurately described what happened.

Parts of her story didn’t seem plausible, given circumstances observed at the scene, Officer Fortunato said, such as the direction in which the vehicle was headed, for example, where it ended up and other details.

Officer Fortunato explained that medical issues affecting the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle might have factored into the accident and the matter will be handled accordingly. The vehicle was towed.

No crash report was filed for a minor mishap on Ayer Road Monday morning, July 9. There was property damage, however. The single vehicle involved was a Coca-Cola truck that accidentally hit a Historic District sign at the roadside. Apparently, the tractor-trailer driver was maneuvering around a backhoe working at a construction site when the vehicle’s mirror clipped the sign on the way by. Damage was estimated at $330.

Fire alarms

Twice in one day, a fire alarm sounded at a vacant, bank-owned Cleaves Hill Road house where painters were working on Tuesday, July 3. Noting a strong odor of paint when responding to the first alarm around 5 p.m., the Fire Dept. ventilated the house.

After the alarm went off again at 7:30 p.m., the bank was notified.

Fight at the fireworks

At the Fourth of July celebration fireworks Tuesday night, July 3, Chief Edward Denmark witnessed a physical altercation between two teenage girls. They were separated and reports of the incident were taken from both girls. Medical attention was offered but refused. The “primary aggressor” was identified, but the other girl and her family decided not to press charges, Officer Fortunato said.

Possible break reported

Sgt. James Babu found an open door and some things apparently moved around inside during a routine check of an Old Littleton Road residence Tuesday evening. It was not immediately apparent if anything was missing, but he spoke with a neighbor, who said she’d seen a gray SUV in the driveway earlier, Officer Fortunato said.

There was some question as to whether there was forced entry or if a broken door handle had been that way for a while. The neighbor said it had not.

The house was checked and secured and the sergeant planned to speak to the owners.


Another Old Littleton Road home was broken into sometime between June 20 and July 4, when the owner reported it. The man has another residence in Vermont and does not live in Harvard full time.

When he returned from the fireworks Tuesday night, he realized he’d been robbed.

Items stolen included copper pipes valued at about $2,000, a $260 chain saw and $170 leaf blower, and an antique mantle clock worth $1,000. The case is under investigation.