Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno submitted a report to the Bedford Minuteman this week, presenting “highlights” of the department’s work in August. The information that follows is from the police department. All persons are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

On Aug. 2 an officer was dispatched to the Bedford Gulf Station on The Great Road to take a report of a tree that was stolen out of one of the plant pots near the pumps in the front of the business. The officer viewed video of the incident that was captured on the business security cameras and got a license plate off of the suspect’s vehicle. The officer went to the residence of the vehicle owner and learned that the registered owner’s daughter had the vehicle during the incident and that she removed the tree to plant on the Bedford High School property. The suspect apologized and returned the tree to the Bedford Gulf Station.

On Aug. 15 an officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on The Great Road. During the stop, the operator related that he did not have his license on him and gave the officer several false names. Once the officer figured out the real identity of the operator, it was learned that the operator’s license was suspended. The operator was arrested and his vehicle was towed.

On Aug. 21 at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the Bedford V.A. chapel on Springs Road for a report of an overturned vehicle in the roadway. When officers arrived, they blocked the roadway and conducted an investigation. The operator related that he swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel and struck a tree on the side of the road and the vehicle overturned. When the officer was speaking with the operator, he noticed a smell of alcohol and other signs of possible impairment. The officer had the operator perform some tests to determine his sobriety. The operator was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor

On Aug. 22 an officer was monitoring traffic on Middlesex Turnpike when he noticed a motor vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The vehicle was pulled over and the officer subsequently found heroin in the vehicle. The operator was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and possession of heroin. During this same incident, the registered owner of the vehicle showed up on-scene and was subsequently arrested on an outstanding warrant.

On Aug. 23 an officer was monitoring traffic on The Great Road and noticed what he believed was a drug transaction taking place nearby. When the vehicle pulled away, it was subsequently stopped and a large amount of drugs were found in the vehicle. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with drug possession.

On Aug. 28 an elderly resident reported that she might have been a victim of a scam. She related that she was contacted on the phone and was told that she had won the lottery. In order to receive her winnings, she was told that she needed to open an account at the local bank and that she was to deposit a sum of money to cover the processing fees. When the woman did this, she called the scammer back and gave them the account information. The account has been frozen and the incident is under investigation.