OMGPD: Odd Questions at a Funeral Home, a Mystery Guest & More Odd Police News

Our weekly roundup of some of the more unusual police reports from around the Boston area. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

'Just tell me where the dead bodies are'

Concord Police responded to a report of a suspicious man at Dee Funeral Home. The caller said the man asked unusual questions, including where the home kept dead bodies, and then suddenly placed a $20 bill on the desk before walking out with no explanation: http://patch.com/A-0CRG

Does this remind anyone of the bookstore shoplifting scene from the movie Notting Hill?

A Watertown man got caught trying to steal three DVD movies from Best Buy. Security spotted him put the movies down his pants and try to leave the store, but, yes, he was caught: http://patch.com/A-0Npj

Never mind

In Sudbury, a North Road resident reported he thought he saw someone break into his neighbor's house across the street. Officers were dispatched to the address, where it was deemed the person thought to have broken into the home was, in fact, the homeowner: http://patch.com/A-0JrQ

Mystery guest

Wayland Police received a call about mysterious footprints in the snow at 22 Oak Hill Road. The caller reported there was a car parked in front of his house and footprints leading to the back of his house, but there were no return prints. According to the police log, the prints belonged to a person who said they had entered the wrong house by mistake. Hmmmm: http://patch.com/A-0LBz

Fair swap?

Again in Concord, a Lexington Road resident reported her snow shovel was missing from her front porch. The caller said when she followed the footprints in her yard, she found an iPod that may belong to the person who took her shovel: http://patch.com/A-0PBB

Woman leaves car 'somewhere' in Woburn

On New Year's Eve, a Burlington woman reported her car stolen. According to Woburn police, the woman parked her car outside a restaurant “somewhere in Woburn Center” and left the keys inside. The woman was unable to tell police which restaurant. Police could not find the vehicle and entered it into the computer system as stolen: http://patch.com/A-0KHW

And before we leave Woburn: woman uses EBT for bar drinks, cab; reports subsequent stalking

A Woburn woman reported receiving harassing phone calls. According to Woburn police, she told the officer she used her EBT card to pay for drinks at a bar and a cab ride from Malden. Since the purchase, she said she has been receiving unsolicited phone calls from the cab driver.

moe howard January 07, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Good for the cab driver. EBT ABUSE
TheHam January 07, 2013 at 08:47 PM
So the woman from Woburn is losing her EBT benefits right? Oh wait, I forgot, it's not illegal to be a criminal in Massachusetts. Think I'll go rob someone of their ebt card and abuse it like everyone else. There are no reprocussions for ANY welfare abuse and I'm sick of it. I hope that cab driver posts her number publicly. She should rot in hell for buying alcohol and a cab with MY tax dollars. That money could have gone to MY KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Johnny Uppercut January 08, 2013 at 11:07 AM
I don't agree with the notion that someone on welfare shouldn't be able to buy alcohol. Poverty shouldn't mean that you should be legally deprived of luxury. I understand if people disagree but wishing that someone 'rot in hell' really makes my skin crawl.
Dennis January 08, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I think the definition of poverty is being deprived of luxury. No one is "entitled" to luxury. Welfare assistance and EBT are so people who can't afford them can still have access to the basic necessities of life - food, housing, clothing. Using welfare benefits to purchase anything beyond the basic necessities should be a crime. Alcohol, cigarettes, lottery cards, etc. are not necessities. It's bad enough when people abuse the system by not making any effort to get themselves off of welfare; when they abuse the system by using it to afford "luxuries", that is criminal (or should be).
Johnny Uppercut January 08, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Thanks for the response, Dennis! I just have a problem with the word 'necessity' because if that becomes the legal precedent, then what kind of food can be bought? High fructose corn syrup isn't necessary for the body, so do we outlaw food that contain it? People are going to abuse the system, but it's a minority and the majority shouldn't be punished/deprived of rights.


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