Needham Police Log: More Scams, a Missing Wallet, and When a Hit-and-Run Isn't

The following information was supplied by the Needham Police Department. Any charges mentioned do not indicate a conviction.

The following reports were provided by the Needham Police Department. Charges where mentioned do not indicate a conviction.

Tuesday, Jan 29

  • 9:30 a.m., while patrolling, police entered a license plate from a car they saw into their computer and determined that the registered owner had a suspended license. After pulling the vehicle over, they determined that the driver was the owner. Rachelle Brewster, 27, of Peabody was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle on a suspended license. 
  • An employee from a Chestnut Street business reported that her car tire was slashed sometime during the day on Jan. 24, while she was at work.
  • Police took a report of a fraudulent lottery at about 2:15 p.m., when a Gay Street resident reported that they sent $2,200 to a lottery as a "processing fee" for a $10 million prize. Police advised the driver to put a fraud alert on the card and tell financial institutions about it. Police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, Jan 30

  • A St. Mary's Street residence reported a suspicious person claiming to be from a chimney company at about 10:30 a.m. The owner said they never requested any chimney work, and thought the company could be an attempted scam. Police advised the company to leave and not return.
  • 4 p.m., a wallet was reported stolen from a Chestnut Street medical facility. The owner had already reported the cards stolen to the bank.
  • 10 p.m., police are investigating the theft of jewelry from a teacher from the coaches room at Needham High School.

Thursday, Jan 31

  • Police were patrolling Highland Avenue and May Street at about 3:15 p.m., when police saw a vehicle which police knew belonged to a man without a license. Police pulled him over and confirmed the license information, then summonsed the driver, a 30-year-old man form Southborough, with operating on a suspended license. 
  • A Highland Avenue business was reportedly the scene of a hit-and-run, which police later determined was not actually a scene. 4:15 p.m. police say both parties were just confused about the location of the other. Both were identified and told to contact their insurance companies.


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