Police Log: Drivers Battle Over Whole Foods Parking, Man Steals Kindles from Toys R Us

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

Whole Foods Dedham. Credit: Patch File Photo
Whole Foods Dedham. Credit: Patch File Photo

Monday, Jan. 20

At around 2:30 p.m., Dedham Police on patrol near Legacy Place responded to the parking lot at Whole Foods after receiving a report of two drivers arguing over parking spaces. Upon arrival, police spoke with an individual who claimed she had pulled into the lot when she saw a vehicle preparing to back out of a space. The driver planned to take the open space, but a second car behind her pulled out around her left side and took the space she'd been waiting for. As it happened, a second space then opened up to the right and she pulled into that space. She and the other driver then engaged in a verbal argument that escalated into what police described as potential threats to slash the tires of one of the vehicles. One of the drivers also allegedly struck another vehicle while pulling into the space, and subsequently wrote a note that was left on the vehicle before police arrival. 

At 2:45 p.m., police responded to a business on a report of phone threats. Upon arrival, police spoke with a manager who had been speaking on the phone with a person who called in a phone threat the previous evening. The manager handed the phone to police, who then spoke with the individual on the phone; the caller provided his name and phone number before hanging up. The manager then told police the business had received a threatening phone call the night before from the same person, who allegedly said the store was going to receive a "special package," according to police records. When asked what kind of package, the caller allegedly told the manager "he was ugly and he was going to die." 

Tuesday, Jan. 21

At about 3:20 p.m., police responded to a report of a car being broken into and a Garmin GPS being stolen from the vehicle, which was unlocked, according to police records. A neighbor of the vehicle owner had allegedly seen a suspect break into the car and rummage through the console before leaving with the GPS in hand. Police then approached the suspect, who admitted to taking the GPS from the car and handed the device over to police. The unit was returned to the owner, who did not want to pursue further legal action, according to police records. 

At about 3:40 p.m., police spoke with a resident whose vehicle had been entered on Jan. 15. The owner allegedly found her car had been unlocked and entered during that date and that a large amount of change, a USB drive containing music and various electrical chargers had been taken from the vehicle. 

Wednesday, Jan. 22

At about 2:05 p.m., police responded to Toys R Us in Dedham on a report of an attempted larceny. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a store manager who claimed that an employee saw an unidentified black male attempting to enter a locked display case. The man was allegedly observed on surveillance cameras gaining entry into two different cases and removing about five Amazon Kindle devices. Prior to exiting the store, the man was confronted and employees asked him to give the merchandise back. He gave a shopping back back which contained four Kindles and exited after the store. However after further review of inventory, the man allegedly concealed one Kindle in his jacket. The man was described as being between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a leather jacket, black hooded sweatshirt, wool knit hat, tan pants and black-and-red sneakers.


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