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Legacy Patrons Argue Over Parking Space, Hit and Run Reported at Tahiti

The following information was provided by the Dedham Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, they do not indicate conviction.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Sunday, Jan. 5

At 4:28 a.m., police responded to a home on Brookdale Avenue on a report of two suspicious males in the area. An individual in the area reported seeing the two males exit a vehicle and argue with one another before one of them jumped onto a stone wall in front of the home. The man began to walk in the snow before fleeing on foot, and the other man fled in the vehicle. Police were unable to locate the individuals. 

Saturday, Jan. 4

At 6:18 p.m., an officer working detail at the Dedham Mall was notified by Sears security of a chase involving a shoplifting suspect. The male suspect was reported to have been running towards Uno and that he was wearing a black jacket and glasses. Police located the suspect, who had reported taken a Craftsman wrench valued at $79.99 and a Craftsman universal axel set valued at $44.96. The suspect had used a magnetic tool to remove the items from the shelf of Sears before leaving with them. Police placed the man into custody for the theft. 

Friday, Jan. 3

At 11 a.m., police responded to a residence on Durham Road on a report of threats. Police spoke with a resident, who claimed she received a suspicious phone call during which someone told her it was the Dedham Police Department and that she was in violation of code, but was not able to provide the code in question. 

At 7:57 p.m., police received a report of an Internet scam, during which a local resident made a transaction to a supposed Microsoft employee who was interested in fixing her computer because it was "inundated" with viruses. Believing the request to be legit, the resident paid the person $199 to fix the bugs in the computer, but when nothing was improved, requested a refund. The individual, however, stated that in order to supply a refund, he would need $450 sent through Western Union. Police informed the resident and are reminding others not to provide information to anyone over the phone unless they can confirm legitimacy. 

Thursday, Jan. 2

At 12:45 a.m., police responded to Tahiti Restaurant on a report of a hit-and-run accident. The suspect involved allegedly struck one vehicle, pushing it into another before taking off at a high rate of speed. Upon arrival, police spoke with Tahiti management, who said that the suspect was eating there with friends who tried to leave without paying their bill. Management stopped the individual, who said he didn't have enough money to pay for the entire meal and made a copy of his license, promising to return to pay the rest of the money owed, according to police records. During the course of the events the individual reportedly became upset and left the restaurant before hitting the vehicles and driving off. Police followed up with the suspect and filed a report.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

At 5:05 p.m., police responded to Legacy Place on a report of a Legacy security officer who was allegedly threatened by a patron. Upon arrival, police met with the officer, who said two patrons engaged in a dispute over a parking space. One of the patrons allegedly threatened to "stick" the tires of the other patrons, and as a result, the individual was issued a formal trespass notice by Legacy security. The other motorist involved was not present when Dedham police arrived, and no statement was obtained. 

Tuesday, Dec. 31

At 5:29 p.m., police responded to Best Buy on Providence Highway after receiving a report of a shoplifter at the store. Upon arrival, police spoke with managers who claimed that, based on surveillance footage, an individual had been walking through the store and placing various items into a laptop bag, including a camera valued at $349.99. 

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