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Braintree Scanner Tales: Police warn of phone scams, Man arrested with Percocet, Dorchester woman arrested for drugged driving

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 8, 2013 01:33 PM

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Police warn of phone scams

Braintree police are warning residents to be careful of phone calls from people claiming to be from Braintree Electric Light Department.

According to police, the caller threatens to shut off the victim’s power due to non-payment issues, and demands a credit card number to resolve the issue.

At least one business and one resident received such calls, police said. The Light Department has also heard similar complaints from customers.

Police said no one should give out credit card or personal information to callers who ask for it, and shouldn’t wire any money to anyone.

“This is one of many phone scams we have been experiencing in the area over the past several months,” said Chief Russell Jenkins in a release. “The usual get rich quick scam has been joined by scams claiming that a grandchild has been involved in an accident or a family member has been taken hostage. In all cases, they ask for money.”

Those that receive a call from an alleged Light Department employee should call the main BELD number at 781-348-2353.

For all other potential scams, police suggest victims call the police and contact family members to confirm that everyone is safe.


Man arrested with Percocet

A car stop turned into a drug arrest on Thursday after police allegedly found the suspect with several Percocet pills.

According to police, the suspect was driving in a vehicle with an expired registration. An officer attempted to stop him on Washington Street but the suspect kept going.

The suspect eventually came to a stop and was approached by several officers. A search of the suspect and car turned up a number of Percocet pills.

Benson Charles, 29, of Brockton, was arrested and charged with possession of Percocet with intent to distribute, possession of Percocet, and failure to stop for a police officer.

Dorchester woman arrested and accused of drugged driving

A Dorchester woman was arrested on Saturday after allegedly driving her car while under the influence of drugs.

According to police, witnesses reported an erratic driver leaving Sunset Lake on Saturday afternoon.

Police located the driver on Cleveland Ave, and watched as the car allegedly crossed over the fog line and centerline, police said.

The car was stopped at the intersection of Cleveland Ave and Middle Street. When police approached the suspect, she gave a fake name, police said.

Though the suspect didn’t smell of alcohol, she seemed intoxicated, police said. The officer asked the woman to perform several sobriety tests.

Police said they also found several pill bottles prescribed to the suspect in the suspect’s purse. The woman soon admitted her true name.

Sandra A. Wood, 30, of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs, failure to keep within marked lanes, providing a false name to police, and other motor vehicle violations.

According to police, Wood also had an outstanding warrant for a prior drug offense in Braintree.

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