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Braintree Scanner Tales: Scams and drunk driving arrests in Braintree

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 6, 2013 11:57 AM

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Attleboro man victim to popular South Shore Plaza TV scam

A 55-year-old man from Attleboro is the latest victim in a popular scam at the South Shore Plaza, where thieves pretend to sell TVs for discounted prices.

According to police, the man said he received a call from a man claiming to be his UPS deliveryman. The caller said his brother-in-law worked at Sears and had some 65” LED TV’s for sale at a discounted price.

The victim was given the alleged brother-in-law’s phone number and called him, agreeing to meet him at the South Shore Plaza on Wednesday evening.

The suspect met the man in the parking lot of Sears on May 1 and gave the suspect $800 in exchange for a receipt for the TV. The suspect told the victim he could pick up the TV at the customer pick-up desk.

The victim went into the store to pick up the TV, but was told the receipt was no good and that he had been scammed.

Police are warning people of the scam and also warning residents of a second scam, where a caller claims to be a jury duty coordinator.

Police said that if you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the caller asks for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant.

Police said the scam has occurred in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon.

Braintree man charged with OUI

A Braintree man was arrested early Saturday morning after police allegedly saw him driving on three tires and a rim.

According to police, officers saw the damaged vehicle at the intersection of Hancock, Plain, and Washington Streets. Though the officer attempted to stop the suspect, he continued to drive to his nearby home, nearly a mile away.

Officers eventually spoke to the suspect, who exhibited signs of possible intoxication. The suspect later failed sobriety tests.

Robert S. Cutler, Jr. 64, from Braintree was charged with failure to stop for a police officer and operating under the influence of alcohol.

Milton man found drunk, asleep behind the wheel

A 48-year-old man from Milton will face charges of operating under the influence after police found him slumped over the wheel of his car shortly before noon on Saturday.

Officers responded to the scene when a witness called saying that there was a man stopped in traffic and slumped over the wheel of his car on West Street near Five Corners.

Officers had trouble waking the man, police said. When he finally woke up, police said the suspect was confused and appeared unable to focus. He smelled strongly of alcohol and was unable to speak coherently, police said.

Police arrested the man and transported him to the police station, but because he appeared so intoxicated, police released him and transported him to South Shore Hospital.

His name has not yet been released, as he has not yet been charged.

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