Rindge Police Log: Nov. 14, 2013


Tuesday, Nov. 5

Theft: At 11:50 a.m., police responded to reports of shoplifting at Walmart. Two women allegedly stole approximately $200 worth of merchandise. The police have suspects and charges are forthcoming.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Arrest: At 12:00 p.m., police arrested Charles Wightman, 20, of Gardner, Mass., on a warrant for shoplifting $60 worth of merchandise from Walmart. Wightman was released on $2,500 personal recognizance and was issued a Dec. 4 court date.

Arrest: At 12:30 p.m., police arrested Evan Taft, 25, of Winchendon, Mass., on a warrant for shoplifting merchandise valued at $30. Taft was released on $2,500 personal recognizance and was issued a Dec. 4 court date at 8th District Court, Jaffrey.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Arrest: At 3:47 p.m., police arrested Erica Paul, 25, of Winchendon, Mass., on a warrant, charging her with shoplifting from Walmart. Paul allegedly stole at least $30 worth of merchandise. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and was issued a Dec. 11 court date at 8th District Court, Jaffrey.

Friday, Nov. 8

Car accident: At 5:20 p.m., police responded to Route 119 at Payson Hill Road for a minor car accident. Michelle Lussier, 19, of Fitchburg, Mass., was driving a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta when her vehicle allegedly struck a 1998 Chevy Lumina, being driven by Todd Bates, 46, of Troy. Bates was about to turn off Payson Hill Road onto Route 119, but allegedly did not have his turn signal on. Lussier assumed Bates was turning left, and pulled up next to Bates’ car. Bates was turning right, and didn’t see Lussier pulled up beside him when he went to turn. Bates’ vehicle collided with Lussier’s, and both vehicles sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported, and both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Drugs: At 10 a.m., police responded to Franklin Pierce University for report of a suspicious substance. Police seized a bag of what is possibly a form of crystal methamphetamine found on the ground by a campus safety officer. Police will be investigating this case further, but no charges are pending as of yet.

Slashed tires: At 10:30 a.m., police were dispatched to a Swan Point Road residence for a report of vandalism. The resident reported the tires on his two vehicles were slashed sometime during the night. This case is still under investigation.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Car vs. deer: At 12:43 a.m., police responded to a single-car accident on East Monadnock Road. The driver, Nolan Coponen, 18, of New Ipswich, was traveling in a 2003 Lincoln LS when he struck a deer. The Lincoln was damaged on the front-end, but was driven away from the scene. The deer was killed in the incident, and Fish and Game were notified. No injuries were reported.

Theft: At 1:15 p.m., police responded to Hannaford’s for an alleged attempted shoplifting. A man tried to leave the store with a grocery cart full of merchandise that he hadn’t paid for, when store employees confronted him. The suspect fled the scene, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Burglary: At 1:30 p.m., police received reports of an attempted burglary at a house on Bancroft Road. The reports stated that it appeared someone had entered the residence through a window, but the room they went into was locked from the inside. No items were reported missing, and this investigation is still ongoing.

Monday, Nov. 11

Car vs. deer: At 8:15 a.m., police received a report of a single-car accident that had taken place earlier that morning. George Peacock, 63, of Rindge said that he had struck a deer on his way to work. The deer ran into the woods, and the damage to the vehicle was enough to be reportable. No injuries were reported.

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