Shoppers catch would-be thief, drunken man enters wrong home, naked man sleeps on porch and more in this week’s edition.
Shoppers catch, hold theft suspect for police
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - A group of customers caught a man police say stole a wallet from a purse at a supermarket last Sunday and then held him on the ground until police arrived to arrest him.
Ryan Burgess, 30, was arrested at 1:20 p.m. at Super Stop & Shop.
According to a police report filed in Framingham District Court by Officer Kenneth Blass, he and other officers went to the store on a call about three men holding a fourth man on the ground.
When they got there, several people said Burgess had just committed a theft.
A woman told police that she was in the produce section when she felt her carriage move. A man yelled to her, and pointing at Burgess, said he had just taken a wallet from her purse, Blass said.
Burgess ran and the man chased him. While running, Burgess threw the wallet.
Another man grabbed Burgess by the collar and they both tumbled to the floor, Blass wrote in his report.
Three other men grabbed Burgess and held him down until police arrived.
In his report Blass said if it weren't for the first two men, "Burgess would have certainly fled the scene and escaped custody with little chance of being identified."
Man charged after entering wrong home
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - Police said a man apparently walked in to the wrong apartment last Sunday evening and is now facing charges.
City police charged Troy A. Bradley, 21, with second-degree criminal trespass after he walked through the unlocked door of an apartment near his home while the female resident was taking a shower about 8 p.m.
Police said the woman confronted Bradley, who ran out the front door while the woman ran out the back door and asked a neighbor to call 911.
Bradley was quickly caught in the immediate area and taken into custody.
City police Sgt. Scott Kadien said Bradley appeared to be intoxicated at the time and apparently did not enter the home with ill intent.
Police arrest naked man asleep on porch
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - A Framingham man found sleeping naked on a residential porch Monday seemed too drunk to tell officers why he was there, police said.
Anthony J. Horne, 23, was arrested at 4 a.m., Deputy Police Chief Craig Davis said.
The homeowner told police he was sleeping when he heard his dog barking. When he went to his front door and saw Horne, naked, trying to get into the house, he called police.
"When officers arrived, (Horne) is laying there naked in a fetal position sleeping on this guy's porch," Davis said.
Horne seemed unable to answer any questions from officers, who arrested him, police said.
"There was a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from him," Davis said.
Horne was charged with indecent exposure.
He also had several warrants for his arrest that charged him with driving without a license and OUI.
Remains found in woods turn out to be fish bones
STOUGHTON, Mass. - A woman walking her dog last Friday morning in woods came across what appeared to be a horrific discovery – a mangled, maggot-filled trash bag containing what appeared to be human vertebrate protruding from the bottom.
She called police, who set up a perimeter to investigate.
While police thought and hoped the remains came from an animal, they took no chances.
Officials from the state medical examiner’s office took the remains to a Boston lab, where it was determined the bones came from a fish. Police are not sure what kind of fish it was; they just know it was big.
“The vertebrae did not look fishlike. You couldn’t be sure,” said Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine.
‘Grand Theft Auto’ gets real: Youths try to set fire to garage, apartment, police say
RAYNHAM, Mass. - Two juveniles were arraigned in court Monday morning after allegedly trying to set fire to a garage and an apartment building with makeshift Molotov cocktails.
The 12- and 16-year-old boys had been playing “Grand Theft Auto” video games Saturday night before their alleged pre-dawn crime spree.
“They appear to have crossed the line from virtual reality to reality,” Police Chief Lou Pacheco said.
Police responded to the early-morning call from a resident that said he saw two Molotov cocktails outside two garages.
When Patrolman Steve Morin arrived at the scene, he found a third cocktail with a flaming wick and graffiti on the ground.
Firefighters extinguished the smoldering fire with a water canon.
The 16-year old later admitted to making the bombs, stealing a 5-gallon gasoline can from a landscaping truck and “tagging” the complex and surrounding roads with paint.
The younger of the suspects told police they got the idea from a video game they had been playing earlier in the night.
GateHouse News Service