Motel Snake Bite, Stolen Grease Buckets and More Burglaries

The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

At around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, Tewksbury Police received a call from a man in Room 241 at the Motel Caswell, who reported that his two-year-old daughter had just been bitten in the calf by a snake.

The man said the snake has slithered under the bed in the room and that he was unable to capture it.

Officers and medical personnel responded to the scene. An officer was able to capture what he described as a "small, garden snake" and released it outside.

The young girl was treated at the scene but did not require hospitalization.

Theft is clear. What's not so clear is "Why?"

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, police received a call from the management at J&B Butchers on Main Street. The caller reported that they had been having a problem with buckets of grease being stolen from the back of the store.

The caller said she had begun using locks to secure the grease but had noticed that day that the locks had been cut. An officer responded to the scene and a report was filed.

Diabetic reaction triggers Main Street crash

On Thursday, Oct. 25, police received a 911 call at around 6:30 p.m. reporting an erratic driver in a Dodge Dakota. The caller said the driver was driving down the wrong side of Main Street and had just struck a pole near the old Vision House.

Another 911 call reported two other cars and three men around the truck talking to the driver. The responding officer reported that the driver had suffered a diabetic reaction. Medical crews were sent to the scene and the man was transported to Saints Medical Center in Lowell.


Jonathan W. Harris, 28, 137 Pleasant Valley Road, #1, Amesbury, was arrested on Oct. 24 and charged with larceny under $250 by a single scheme after allegedly attempting to return items to Walmart that he had not bought there, using an old receipt.

Matthew C. Pederson, 26, 209 Broadway St., Saugus, was arrested on Oct. 24 and charged with illegal possession of a Class E drug.

Additional Incidents:

On Friday, Oct. 26. at 10:04 a.m., a Maple Road resident came into the Police Station and reported that his wife's car had been stolen. An officer spoke to the man and the man's wife planned to come in on Saturday with the car's paperwork so that it could be put into the system as "stolen."

On Friday, May 26, at 11:39 a.m., a person called police to report a road rage incident involving a school bus and another vehicle at the intersection of Pleasant and Main Streets. An officer spoke with a representative from Tewksbury Transit and a report was filed.

On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25, police received several calls reporting a problem with the railroad crossing gates near the Market Basket headquarters on East Street.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5:51 p.m., a resident of Barbara D. Lane called police to report that her home had been broken into some time earlier in the day. She said her Bureau had been moved and her jewelry was missing. An officer responded to the scene and a report was filed.

On Thursday Oct. 25, at 2:18 p.m., several 911 calls reported a breaking and entering in progress on Secor Way. Several officers responded to the scene and located two males. No charges were filed but the property owner filed "no trespass" orders against the pair. A report was filed.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11:55 a.m., a Brown Street resident came into Police Headquarters and reported that their home had been broken into some time yesterday.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com.

Dan October 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
May 26th???
Bill Gilman October 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Thanks Dan.
J&B Butcher October 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
It is grease dumpsters that are being broken into. Many companies pay restaurants monthly to obtain their grease waste. It is recycled for bio fuel and sold for various applications. So, when the recylcing company comes to pick up the grease, and there isn't any, then the restaurant will not get paid for the waste. Apparently, it has become a pretty common crime, as the thieves are now reselling it on their own.
Dirk Anderson October 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
A snake at the Caswell. How cliche.


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