The following are excerpts from the Wellesley Police log. All persons are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.
On Feb. 24 at 7:45 a.m., Officer Poirier spoke with a woman who works at Hunnewell School. She reported that in January the Wellesley Park and Tree Department had removed a large oak tree from the property due to safety concerns. An unknown individual had written some graffiti on the ground on the front entry to the school about the age of the tree and questioning if it was necessary to take it down. Officer Poirier is investigating.
On Feb. 24 at 10:40 a.m., Officer Shore spoke with a woman who said she is a teacher and received an unsolicited email from an unknown person requesting tutoring services for his daughter. The parties agreed to a fee of $80 per hour for 12 hours of tutoring. On Feb. 21, the teacher received a check for $2,750, which she attempted to deposit. Her bank advised her the check was fraudulent. Officer Shore advised her to block the phone number of the individual who contacted her and notify the school where she works in case the individual attempted to reach out to other teachers.
On Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m., Officer DeBernardi spoke to a man regarding identity fraud. The man became aware that someone opened a bank account with his personal information at the same bank where he holds another account. The unknown individual then attempted to make two transfers from his account to the fraudulent account. The account was closed and the man did not suffer any financial loss. There are no suspects.
On Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m., Officer DeBernardi spoke with a man who reported he received a debit card in the mail that he did not request. He contacted the bank and advised them that he did not open an account and cancelled the account. There are no suspects.
On Feb. 24 at 6:20 p.m., Officer Dixon spoke with a woman who works at a salon on Linden Street. The woman was upset about a male caller who allegedly claimed she was treating him differently because he was a man and said he would come to the salon so she could see what a real man looked like. She was concerned he would come to the salon and try to harm her or other employees. Officer Dixon was able to contact the man, who said it was a misunderstanding and he was treated rudely on the phone by the woman. He said he would contact the salon manager to speak with her about the issue.
On Feb. 26 at 8:48 a.m., Officer DeBernardi spoke with a woman who reported her son had ridden his bike to school on Feb. 25. He left his Trek bicycle on the bike rack at the middle school, and at the end of the school day the bicycle was no longer there. There are no suspects.
On Feb. 26 at 4:50 p.m., Officer DiCenso spoke with a woman who stated she had repeatedly found empty bottles of wine on her lawn. She lives close to the train station and it is possible that someone taking the train may be disposing of the bottles on her property.
On Feb. 27 at 1:15 p.m., Officer Mankavech spoke with a man about an independent contractor he had hired. He believed the contractor had property that belonged to him. He had attempted to contact the woman several times to request the property back. Officer Mankavech contacted the woman and left a message. She then contacted the man making the complaint and stated she would make arrangements to return the property.
On Feb. 27 at 2:40 p.m., Officer Misho spoke with a man who reported he had wired funds to a bank for a property purchase and later found out the funds were wired to a fraudulent bank account and he had received instructions from an unknown person via email regarding the wire transfer. The incident is under investigation.
On Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., Officer Mankavech spoke to a woman who complained that fraudulent charges had been made to her credit card account. She stated two fraudulent charges had been made and the contact information on her account was changed in December 2019. The bank cancelled the card and refunded her money. There are no suspects.
On Feb. 28 at 4:15 p.m., Officer Misho spoke with a man and woman who reported that their son was at a restaurant on Linden Street around 2:30 p.m. and two high school students from another town began making fun of him and made him uncomfortable. The parents described the teens as having dark-colored skin and indicated they were making fun of their son due to his Indian ethnicity. Officer Misho spoke with the juvenile and explained if something like that occurred in the future he could contact the police immediately so they could help him. He also advised them that he would speak to the school resource officer about the incident and would follow up with the juvenile.
On Feb. 28 at 7:19 p.m., Officer Cunningham responded to a restaurant on Linden Street for a report of four male teenagers stealing fountain soda. The store employee stated the teens bought food but not soda and used cups they were given for water to get soda without paying for it. The employee said when he attempted to confront them they began swearing and pouring soda on the floor. He said they then left the area in a black Jeep. The Jeep was located and their parents were contacted.