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Police Log: Attempted Child Abduction Reported on Colonial Drive

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

At approximately 8:49 p.m., police responded to a residence Colonial Drive on a report of a potential attempted child abduction. Police spoke with a resident of the house, the daughter of whom had reportedly taken the family's dog for a walk outside within the home's fenced-in yard, when a dark-colored pickup truck stopped by the gate at the end of the driveway, the male driver of which allegedly exited the truck and said, "Get over here little girl", while keeping his hands in his pockets the entire time, according to police records. The girl then immediately turned and ran to the front door of the home, and the man returned to his pickup truck before driving off. The pickup truck was described as having a cap over the bed with a dent on the rear left side. The driver was described as a dark-skinned white male, possibly Hispanic, with a height of 5-feet, 8-inches and a thin build, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt. 

At 6 p.m., police responded to the Holiday Inn on Providence Highway on a report of a stolen tractor trailer truck. Upon arrival, police spoke with the driver of the truck, who claimed his 53-foot freight liner that he'd parked at the hotel overnight was missing. Upon investigation and discussion with the Minnesota-based truck company for whom the driver worked, police determined that the tractor trailer had not been stolen, but that the driver had been a "disgruntled employee" who had made verbal threats against management of the company, and due to the threats, the company chose to tow the truck without the driver's knowledge for safe keeping. Management of the company told police they would make a formal complaint to the local police department in Minnesota. 

Monday, Dec. 30

At 8:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the East Dedham Pizzeria on Bussey Street on a report of two juvenile females who had entered the eatery and informed employees that they felt as though they were being followed by a man in a black pickup truck. The youths stated that at no time did the driver try to speak with them or make any gestures, but they had seen the same truck several times in town and felt as though the driver had been following them, according to reports. Police later located the vehicle at the East Dedham Plaza, and spoke with the driver, who said that the had been driving around town checking his rental properties and had not been following anyone. 

At 2 p.m., police responded to an accident at the East Street Rotary. While on scene, officers determined that the operator of a vehicle involved in the accident had been driving with a suspended license, which police confiscated before issuing a citation and criminal compliant against the driver. 

At 1:54 p.m., police responded to Vincent Road after receiving a report of a stolen license plate. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the owner of the vehicle in question, who told police he had parked on Creston Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 29 at about 3 p.m., when he left his house and realized that both front and rear license plates were missing. 

At 11:40 a.m., police responded to High Street after receiving a report of a vehicle with a revoked registration. Officers discovered the vehicle on High Street and confirmed that it did have a revoked registration, though it was unoccupied at the time. The vehicle was towed by Parkway Towing; the plates were confiscated and returned to the Dedham Police Department. 

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