Week of May 31, 2007

Home invasion, burglary
A man was allegedly tied up, assaulted and his apartment on Avon Street burglarized Sunday, May 20 at approximately 2:24 a.m., police said this week.

According to Melrose Police Lt. Mark DeCrodo, the victim told police he was tied up with duct tape, dragged inside the apartment and assaulted by two male suspects who then took several items from the apartment, including the victim’s cell phone.

“After they left, the victim freed himself and ran to the Shell gas station to call us as there was no land line in the apartment and his cell phone was stolen,” Lt. DeCrodo said.

The victim was treated by EMTs at the scene and was not transported to a hospital.

Lt. DeCroteau said the incident is under investigation.   Account opened for Daisy Russell
An account for donations has been opened in Daisy Russell’s name at Massbank, 476 Main St., Melrose. Those wishing to make donations can do so at any Massbank branch.

Russell is the 10-year-old Melrosian and Lincoln School student who qualified for the National Braille Challenge finals, to be held in Los Angeles the weekend of June 22.

Last week, the Board of Aldermen endorsed the “Daisy’s Safe Crossing Law” in Russell’s name, requiring that any new traffic lights in the city be equipped with audible alerts to help vision-impaired pedestrians crossing the street.

After Russell told her Lincoln School classmates about trying to cross the street one day and almost getting hit by a driver who drove through a red light, those classmates drafted the petition that became Daisy’s Law.

  Theft from autos on rise
In two separate incidents a day apart, car windows were smashed in locked vehicles parked on the Lynn Fells Parkway and at the Knoll, and handbags and other items were stolen, police said Wednesday.

The first incident, on Wednesday, May 23, took place at approximately 7:19 p.m., while the second incident, on Thursday, May 24, occurred at approximately 11:43 a.m.

A recent rash of items stolen from vehicles throughout the city — mainly unlocked vehicles — has led police to warn residents that they should always lock their cars, trucks and vans when leaving the vehicles.

“We’ve had a recent increase of breaking and entering in vehicles,” said Melrose Police Lt. Mark DeCroteau. “On the east side of the city, most of it was just someone opening the door of an unlocked vehicle and taking loose change.

“We remind people that they should lock their vehicles,” Lt. DeCroteau said.