Police Log: Injured Man Carried from Woods, Car Break-ins Continue

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
Monday, Dec. 2

4:24 p.m.: Police responded to TD's Pub, where a caller said a man had walked into the business and reported that another man had just struck a woman in the face and was now walking down Water Street. Police found the suspect after he fled through Prospect Heights Park. Police arrested Leo Anthony Gonzalez, 19, of 5 Paul Dr., Apt. 5, Blackstone, on charges of domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a warrant.

5:19 p.m.: An employee at Dunkin Donuts on East Main Street reported a woman struck a pole in the rear of the building and was now attempting to leave the scene. Police responded and arrested Cara Lea Schoenfish, 52, of 7 Quinchapaug RD., Milford, on a charge of OUI liquor, second offense.

5:25 p.m.: A woman walked in to police headquarters and said the building where she works was vandalized. The location was A-Affordable Insurance on Beach Street.

5:50 p.m.: A caller asked to speak to an officer about a shed in his neighbor's yard, on Charles Street, that may have been broken into.

6:34 p.m.: A caller reported his vehicle on Bowdoin Drive was broken into over the weekend.

6:43 p.m.: Holliston Police asked Milford Police to Be on the Lookout for a man in a small sized dark colored SUV, who was about 40 years old and had brown hair and a goatee, and was wearing glasses and a Yankees baseball cap. He had approached a young man in Holliston and asked him to get into his car.

11:04 p.m.: A caller on Congress Street said her neighbor's dog had been barking for 90 minutes. Police responded. A sergeant requested police contact the Fire Department to enter the house. An officer entered the house and reported there was no need for firefighters. The dog was taken back into the house.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

6:59 a.m.: A caller on Walker Avenue said both his and his wife's cars were broken into, and her GPS stolen overnight.

7:17 a.m.: An officer got flagged down on Walker Avenue by another resident of the street, who said his vehicle was broken into, too.

7:22 a.m.: An officer was flagged down a second time on Walker Avenue, by another neighbor who reported a theft from a motor vehicle.

8:24 a.m.: A caller on Kellett Drive said sometime overnight, $35 to $50 in cash was taken from his vehicle.

10:03 a.m.: A caller on Court Street said her vehicle was broken into overnight.

12:11 p.m.: A woman said her ex husband was sleeping in her car, which he stole on Saturday. Police responded and requested an ambulance to take the man to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

12:38 p.m.: Police and EMTs responded to Benjamin Moore Paints on Sumner Street, where a man was down on the ground, bleeding from the head. It was not clear what had happened. He was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center.

1:24 p.m.: A caller from Birmingham Court reported a handicapped sign had been stolen.

2:04 p.m.: Police responded to Fiske Mill Road, where a caller said a 62-year-old man with a fractured ankle was deep in the woods. The caller met rescuers on the side of the road. Rescue requested additional firefighters, because the man would need to be carried out of the woods. Four firefighters were called into help.

2:28 p.m.: A caller at Baxter Healthcare said they would be firing an employee at 3 p.m. and asked an officer to stand by in case he acted out and caused a scene.

2:51 p.m.: A caller on Walker Avenue Extension reported a theft from his motor vehicle sometime in the overnight hours.

3:12 p.m.: A caller on Ari's Way said his wallet and Christmas presents were stolen from his vehicle.

3:36 p.m.: A Comfort Inn employee reported a person had just left the hotel without paying.

3:54 p.m.: A caller on Bowdoin Drive said his car was rifled through the previous night.
Tippy Doodle December 03, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Any chance of catching these people? These car thefts have been going on forever.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I would imagine they will eventually get a driveway that has a camera on it. It is a frustrating crime. I've had it happen to me twice, in other locations, not Milford. - both times I left the door unlocked and stuff in the car.
Michael Soares December 03, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Neighborhood watch anyone?
Haavey December 03, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Why are people still leaving valuables in their unlocked cars?
Mary MacDonald (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 08:45 PM
This is the problem with crime, it does change good people's behavior. It's the only way to reduce your chances of not being victimized. I lived in a city where it was not safe to go to an ATM at night, or to a gas station at night. Over time, I learned to not use ATMs or to get gas at night. It took a long time for me to stop that even after I moved to a small town. On this one crime spree, the best thing people could do would be to make it a habit to not leave stuff in their cars overnight, and lock up. And call police if you see anyone who shouldn't be around cars. I'm looking at all the streets hit just in this log, and I don't see a pattern of location. Purdue and Court streets, clear across town from each other. A while back it was Purchase Street. I'm thinking we have copy cats now.
Tippy Doodle December 04, 2013 at 04:51 AM
maybe we can use a drone to catch them. worked for the dd thieve... ;-O
morlamweb December 04, 2013 at 07:59 AM
@Mary: success breeds imitators, and the criminals breaking into cars have been very successful as of late. Either that, or the thieves themselves have transportation. @MilfordMomof3: no, forgetting to lock one's car overnight and/or leaving valuables in sight in the car does not make it OK for thieves to take your stuff, but the car owners should take their share of the blame for not being responsible and protecting their property. Fact is, the car break-ins have been reported on Patch for a long time, so anyone who reads these police logs has no excuse to not know about the crime spree and to take steps to protect themselves.
Jennifer December 04, 2013 at 08:15 AM
I'm up for a neighborhood watch if other people are! The police are doing what they can, but they cannot be on every street, every hour of the day and they don't know our neighborhoods like we do.. Until then, lock your doors and throw up a 20.00 webcam looking out over your cars ...
Andie December 04, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Were all these break ins because vehicles were unlocked? It doesn't specify.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Andie, the log doesn't say, but usually if there is a break in, meaning a window smashed, it will say something about the vehicle being damaged. One a few days ago indicated the door lock was damaged. Most of these in the past have been unlocked doors. People are not locking up and they are leaving items within view.
Paul Mercure December 04, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Locking the car is the best way to stop these so called break-ins. I suspect a high percent of these occur on unlocked cars... mine included. I always lock my car but because of a miscommunication one night, my car was left unlocked and I lost a DVM and GPS. Since then, I installed 4 cameras around my house with two pointed at the driveway. Hopefully, I will be able to provide a face to the police one of these days.
Thomas OLoughlin December 04, 2013 at 12:58 PM
The police department deploys officers throughout the town. That said, as has been indicated within these posts, with a minimum of five officers working at any given time, I cannot place an officer in every neighborhood. We have arrested several individuals for breaking into cars and homes and we continue with directed patrols and detectives working on this issue, which is not confined to any one neighborhood, in fact, it is not confined to the Town of Milford as neighboring communities are experiencing the same issues. We have asked people to lock the doors on their vehicles and not leave valuables in plain sight because these individuals have been entering unlocked vehicles. They move about Town, across people's yards, driveway to driveway, under the cover of darkness. It is for this reason that we have asked residents to call the police immediately if you see or hear something that is suspicious or out of the ordinary, such as hearing someone running through or moving about your yard or activation of an exterior motion light. We are not blaming anyone other than the suspects who are committing these crimes and we only ask for the public's assistance in preventing additional offenses by taking precautions and in immediately notifying the police of suspicious activity. Chief Tom O'Loughlin
Jennifer December 04, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Chief- Your force is doing the best that it can and I for one appreciate seeing police cars regularly driving through the neighborhood! However, I've heard from quite a few friends that they are hesitant to call in with what they perceive as suspicious activity, thinking it's a "nuisance" to your department. That being said, what is your perspective on people forming passive Neighborhood Watch groups here in Milford? It seems that here in the Northeast, they're not very popular, or are frowned upon....
Thomas OLoughlin December 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Please ask your friends to call, it is much more efficient to have officers respond to a call and deal with an issue than it is to conduct an investigation subsequently. People who call the police are helping us and the residents of the community. I welcome people forming a Neighborhood Watch or even on a smaller level, simply watching out for their neighbors. Please take precautions to protect your property and please call 911 immediately to report suspicious activities. Your assistance is appreciated.
Chris Rice December 04, 2013 at 01:57 PM
guys the police are doing the best they can. trust me i see the criminals getting hauled into the station everyday since i look at the back of the station from my house. with that said i received a reverse 911 call about this the other day so i am pretty sure every other residence also received it . Chief i only recieved one call and i was not home so luckily my answering machine caught it. is there anyway to possibly send out 1 call suring the am hours and say another one at 6pm when most people are home from their jobs. maybe that would make ,ore people aware and if they just did get home and hear that message would put a reminder in their heads to go out and lock their cars
Thomas OLoughlin December 04, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Chris, if you go onto milfordpublicsafety.com or milfordpolice.org you will see the "Blackboard Connect" icon on the right side of the page. Click on that icon and you can follow the prompts and enter your cell number, text and email. If a message is sent Town-wide you would then receive a message at those locales and on your home phone. The message system is always prompted to leave a voice mail if it is available. Chief Tom OLoughlin
Paul Mercure December 05, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Does anyone know where these "hot" GPS's are getting fenced? There are so many of them, surely there is a trail somewhere.
Thomas OLoughlin December 05, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Paul, detectives do check businesses that purchase second-hand electronics and other items. Many of the stolen items are sold on the street. Chief Tom OLoughlin


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