The Lexington Police Department updates its incident log on Monday mornings. LexObserver coverage represents a sampling of significant incidents and is not an exhaustive list. The full log can be viewed publicly at: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/489/Weekly-Police-Logs.
The following incidents, selected from the Lexington Police Department logs, occurred during the week prior to Feb. 6, 2023.
Assist Fire Department
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5, at various times throughout the weekend, the Police and Fire Department responded to numerous calls regarding frozen and burst pipes and other record low-temperature-related incidents. They coordinated efforts to assist residents as quickly and efficiently as they could.
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m., Sergeant Christiana Severe attended the Chinese New Year event at Grace Chapel. In addition to her presence at the celebration, two cruiser checks were made in the area.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2:40 p.m., a Mass. Ave resident came to the station seeking assistance with the installation of a car seat. Detective Jeffrey Chaisson installed the car seat and demonstrated the proper, safe way to install it if needed again in the future.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:45 a.m., a Columbus Street resident reported an unknown party stole a check he had written and rewrote the check for $10,880.00. The check was stolen from a USPS mailbox near either Five Forks Sunoco or Merritt Square. The TIAA bank canceled the check in time, and no money was lost.
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., a Lincoln Street resident stated that he had mailed a check for $7,016.64 to the Town of Lexington for property taxes on Jan. 23 via the USPS mailbox located at 594 Marrett Rd. On Feb. 2 an unknown party using the name Donilson Gonzalez cashed an altered version of the check for $9,800. The resident noticed the withdrawal on Feb. 2 and notified her bank. Eastern Bank is currently investigating the matter, and the associated account has been closed.
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11:10 a.m., a Braemore Terrace resident came into the station to report that she had been the victim of fraud. The individual stated that the Eastern Bank check numbered 2569, which was dropped into a USPS mailbox, had been taken, altered and cashed by an unknown individual. The check was mailed on either Jan. 2 or 3 during the morning hours. The resident is unsure of which mailbox was used. The check was intended for a credit card company in the amount of $188.37, and the check was altered and cashed in the amount of $19,362.04. The payee was altered to read Akiva Golay. Eastern Bank believes the check was cashed using a mobile app on Jan. 4. This resident noticed the discrepancy on Feb. 3 when she received her statement in the mail. The account has been closed, and Eastern Bank is investigating.
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., a Garfield Street resident came into the station to report she had received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service regarding someone attempting to file taxes under her name. This resident had not yet filed her taxes. An unknown person utilized this resident’s personal information to collect such funds. This is part of an active scam that has targeted numerous states including Massachusetts. This resident has been advised that this is now on record, and she should contact the IRS and follow their instructions. The IRS is aware of this scam, and their department deals with this type of case. This resident has been advised to contact the credit bureaus to have them monitor her credit reports. There is no monetary loss.
Breaking and Entering
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9:40 a.m., a Belmont resident came into the station to report the unlawful “entering” of her motor vehicle. This individual stated that her motor vehicle was left unattended and unlocked from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. A black leather purse containing a gold leather wallet with several credit/debit cards, $40 cash and a vaccination card was taken. The individual stated that there was one attempt on each of the different cards. All the transactions were blocked by the issuing financial institution.
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11:55 a.m., a Lexington Ridge Drive resident came into the station reporting her vehicle was broken into sometime between 8 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 8 a.m. when reported. According to the vehicle owner, an inhaler and other medications were taken from the vehicle.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10:50 a.m., the animal control officer responded to a complaint regarding a loose dog on Angier Road. The animal control officer informed the resident about the laws regarding loose dogs in Lexington.
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4:45 p.m., Lexington’s animal control officer responded to a report of a coyote limping around in the parking lot of Bright Horizons at Lexington. The officer checked the area, and the coyote had left the area.
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11:30 p.m., a Wachusett Drive homeowner reported a coyote attacking an injured deer in his backyard. The unit dispatched spoke with the homeowner. Both coyote and deer were no longer present in the yard.
Friday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m., a Lowell Street resident called to report that his neighbors had left their dog outside for several hours in the cold temperatures. The caller further reported that the canine barks “all day and night” causing a noise complaint. The officer responded and spoke with the caller. He pointed out the dog, and it appeared to be a large breed Newfoundland/ Chow mix. The officer reports the dog is Tibetan Mastiff and does not appear in any distress. The owner of this dog was advised of the complaints.
* Missing Person Update: Missing since Jan. 19, a Lexington resident, 32-year-old Navneet Singh, was found in Boston and safely returned to the Edinburgh Center in Lexington where he resides.
* Center Parking Update: Following a pandemic hiatus, full parking enforcement is back in effect at all metered spaces and paid parking lots in Lexington Center as of Feb. 1. The senior parking and employee parking programs are continuing unchanged. Learn more on the Town website.