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Police Log: Door Handles Cleared Overnight, Other Suspicious Activity

The following information was provided by the Milford Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Milford Police Department. Credit: Danielle Horn
Milford Police Department. Credit: Danielle Horn
Tuesday, Dec. 10

6:02 p.m.: A man walked in to police headquarters to report a theft from a motor vehicle on Leonard Street.

6:34 p.m.: A caller reported her car was broken into on Otis Street. The car was not locked. She said she did not think anything was taken.

6:53 p.m.: A caller at 7-Eleven said a man in a dark colored SUV appeared to be intoxicated, and had just left the store. Police could not locate him.

7:07 p.m.: A theft from a motor vehicle was reported from another house on Otis Street. He said he had some money and clothing taken.

7:08 p.m.: A caller reported his wife, who he is separated from, was refusing to leave the house. Police responded.

7:31 p.m.: A caller reported her upstairs neighbors on Fairfield Court were throwing things on to the floor on purpose. Police spoke to the people.

8:29 p.m.: A caller on Pheasant Circle said she thought someone had climbed on to her patio. Police checked and everything was OK.

9:05 p.m.: A caller called 911 and then hung up. On callback, the woman said she needed help with her out-of-control child, who was destroying things in the house.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

12:04 a.m.: A caller asked police to come to his house and remove his sister, who would not leave. Police responded but she left before an officer arrived.

12:17 a.m.: A 2002 Ford was repossessed on Mark Drive.

2:49 to 3:48 a.m.: Police issued 16 parking tickets for violating the winter parking ban. Police were on South High, Pleasant, Whip o Will, School, State, Winter and Fruit streets.

7:53 a.m.: A woman on Grant Street said someone had tried to break into her car. She said all of her door handles and the key holes had been cleared of snow. She also heard a car in the driveway overnight and noticed tire marks in the snow. Police responded.

12:11 p.m.: A 2011 Chevrolet was repossessed on Carroll Street.

3:05 p.m.: A caller on Orange Street said a vehicle was rifled through. Nothing was taken but a flashlight was left behind. Police responded.

5:09 p.m.: Following a motor vehicle stop near Milford Town Hall, police arrested Roberto A. Santiago, 36, of 320 Main St., Apt. 2, Milford, on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation.

6:10 p.m.: A caller reported fraudulent use of a credit card.

6:54 p.m.: An assistant principal at Milford High School reported a past incident.

8:04 p.m.: A man in the lobby reported he found a brown wallet at Dunkin Donuts on Main Street, and it had money in it. Police were attempting to contact the owner.

10:26 p.m.: A caller reported two men were fighting on School Street.

11:13 p.m.: Douglas Police reported an elderly woman, about 65, had left Milford Regional Medical Center against medical advice and was now heading up Route 140 on foot toward Rite Aid. Police responded and found the woman. Her son was contacted.

11:25 p.m.: A woman who fell and scraped her knee, and was making suicidal statements, was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center from Rite Aid.

Thursday, Dec. 12

12:01 a.m.: A caller on Prentice Avenue reported her street had some vehicles parked on it. Police responded and determined that Prentice Avenue was exempt. [Note, chief reports that Prentice isn't exempt from winter parking ban, but is resident-only parking.]

12:20 a.m.: A caller at Caffe Sorrento reported a hit and run, and the car was leaking anti-freeze. An officer reported that the woman driving the vehicle that struck the other vehicle had taken off on-foot. She was about 5 feet tall and might be injured.

12:55 a.m. to 4:40 a.m.: Police ticketed 11 cars for violating the winter parking ban. Police were on Exchange, Alfred, Caroline, Claudette, West Maple, Winter, Treeland, Sunset, Spruce and Brookfield.

6:49 a.m.: A caller reported a white ladder van had crashed into a parked vehicle on Main Street, near 77th & Vine. The van was gone when police arrived.

7:24 a.m.: A vehicle struck a stone wall on West Street, about 100 feet before the Upton line. Air bags were deployed. Police responded and requested a sander truck to the site. Milford Highway Department responded.

7:41 a.m.: An officer requested a sander truck to Whitewood Road at Mill Pond Circle, where a car crash was reported.

7:41 a.m.: A woman reported a vehicle was parked in her driveway on West Street, and a man appeared to be sleeping in the backseat. Police responded.

1:51 p.m.: A woman turned in to police a black Coach wallet that she had found on Medway Road.
Breakingthelaw December 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Flash light left behind on Orange st after the thief or theifs rummaged through the car~~ HOPING MPD gets good prints off the flashlight.
Tina Rodgers-Lunardi December 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Maybe the police will get lucky and catch the car break in criminals while they are sweeping the town for parking ban violators! I hope! The car breaks have been going on for a long time. I can't believe they haven't been caught!
morlamweb December 13, 2013 at 08:12 AM
@Breakingthelaw: agreed. Hopefully it will lead to a big break in the case. @Tine Rodgers-Lunardi: it's unfortunate that the thieves ahave not been caught, but actually catching them in the act is extraordinarily rare, given that they happen overnight in the dark when most people are asleep. There's 25,000-ish residents of Milford and not nearly enough officers to watch every single driveway, every single parked car, overnight. Please read Chief O'Loughlin's comments on past Police Log articles on patch. They explain a great deal about what the Milford PD has done and is doing about the car break-ins, and the challenges involved in policing crimes of this type.
Cappuccino December 13, 2013 at 09:01 AM
I hope thieves don't graduate to home break ins. That happened to me years ago. Being a crime victim is a terrible emotional experience that is as bad as the physical theft. Let's remember to keep car doors locked. That will at least slow them down.
Tina Rodgers-Lunardi December 13, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Yes, I agree, Morlamweb. I know the MPD is doing its best to catch them. With it getting dark so early and people inside, it is hard for the neighborhoods to really " watch" outside, and especially in the middle of the night. Someday soon I hope the case will be closed! I do think having the police drive around looking for parking violators might just provide a lucky break!
Thomas OLoughlin December 13, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Please, if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary please call the police immediately.
Thomas OLoughlin December 13, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Mary, the officer was incorrect in determine that Prentice Street is "exempt" from the Winter Parking Ban. Although Prentice Ave is resident parking only, vehicles on Prentice Ave ARE NOT EXEMPT from the Winter Parking Ban. Chief Tom OLoughlin
Mary MacDonald (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Oh, thanks for clarifying. I'm not familiar with that street and thought it had some special issue.

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