Police Log: Man Caught Driving Backward in Stolen Car, Strange Man Found in Home


The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Nov. 19, 12:45 a.m.: An officer patrolling in Watertown Square spotted a vehicle going through the intersection with a headlight and a taillight out. The officer followed the vehicle onto Mt. Auburn Street and driver accelerated to over 45 mph. The officer pulled the driver over on Common Street near Middlesex Road. The driver showed signs of impairment, and he admitted to smoking marijuana. The officer also smelled the odor of burning marijuana. Police also found a baggie of marijuana when searching the vehicle. The man failed field sobriety tests. The 25-year-old Belmont man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, an equipment violation and speeding.

Nov. 21, 1:54 a.m.: A Winsor Avenue resident reported her vehicle and a second vehicle were struck while parked on the street. Police arrived and the woman said that a man rang her doorbell and said he had struck her vehicle. He left but she got a license plate. Police located the vehicle nearby on Belmont Street, and it had heavy front end damage. While officers were speaking to the woman, a man tried to butt in. The man was unsteady on his feet and and had the odor of alcohol on his breath. He said he had consumed alcohol before driving, and that he was driving the car that struck the vehicles. He failed field sobriety tests. The 31-year-old Waltham man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failing to change the address on his license.

Nov. 23, 3:58 a.m.: An officer was in the municipal parking lot behind CVS when he saw two men and two women get out of an Uber and and go into CVS. He spoke to some of the people, and noticed that the two women left and went down the alley next to CVS. He spoke to the woman and found that she had a warrant for her arrest. She was placed under arrest and when she was being taken to the Police Station said that she had drugs in her clothing. Police found a small amount of what is suspected to be cocaine and a small amount of what is suspected of being crystal methamphetamine. The 29-year-old Hyde Park woman was arrested on charges of possession of a Class A substance, possession of a Class B substance, and on the warrant from Malden District Court for shoplifting.

Nov. 23, 1:35 p.m.: A Target security spotted a man taking various Nintendo game consoles and games and put them into a paper Target bag. Then he attempted to leave without paying. The items were worth $754.97. The 21-year-old Roxbury man was arrested on a charge of shoplifting.

Nov. 24, 6:55 a.m.: Police discovered a man wanted on a warrant was at the Super 8 Motel on North Beacon Street. They served the warrant and placed the man under arrest. The 35-year-old Stoughton man was arrested on two warrants, one from Malden District Court for shoplifting and one from Dedham District Court for shoplifting.

Nov. 25, 6:28 p.m.: An officer heading east toward Watertown Square on Main Street saw a vehicle traveling backward in the westbound side of the road. The officer turned around and pulled the vehicle over near Church Street. When he asked the driver for his license and registration, the driver said he didn’t have either one. The officer checked the plate and found that the vehicle was reported stolen from Randolph. He asked the driver if he knew it was stolen and the man, who was the only person in the car, said he was not driving. The officer found that the driver’s license had been revoked and that he was wanted on a warrant. Police 26-year-old Quincy man was arrested was arrested on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle —  a subsequent offense, driving with a suspended license — a subsequent offense, marked lanes violation, and the warrant from Brockton District Court for driving with a revoked license and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.


Nov. 19, 7:09 p.m.: An Irving Street resident reported that she had been a victim of a scam. She received a call from an unknown person who said that her grandson had been arrested and needed $500 to be freed from jail. The person did not say when or where he was arrested. She was told to send the money by UPS to Bridgeport, Conn. She sent it and then called her grandson and realized he was OK and that she had been scammed. The woman called the Watertown Police who were able to contact UPS. The package was on the truck for delivery, but it was stopped and rerouted to Watertown. It contained $5,000 in cash. Police returned the package and met with the woman’s family to return the money. The Bridgeport Police are seeking to find the suspect.

Nov. 20, 6:52 p.m.: A woman shopping at Stop & Shop on Watertown Street realized that she had lost her purse in the store. She believes she dropped it and she retraced her steps, but could not find it. She spoke to customer service and they did not have it, but said they would contact her if it turned up. Later, she received a phone call, and employees said they found it in the women’s bathroom. Her credit card and ID were recovered, but it was missing $150 in cash.

Nov. 22, 11:06 p.m.: A Bromfield Street resident went out to start the car and went inside because it was cold. Then the person heard a loud bang and went out and the vehicle was gone. The resident didn’t see which direction the person went. Police searched the area and could not find the vehicle, nor could they find anything that had been hit. The resident believes the car may have bottomed out on the driveway when the person pulled out. Police put out an alert about the stolen car. Later that day, State Police from the South Boston Barracks reported that the vehicle had been involved in an accident on I-93 in Boston. The woman driving admitted to stealing the vehicle. The 20-year-old Quincy woman was placed under arrest. She also had seven arrest warrants. The vehicle was seriously damaged in the accident.

Nov. 23, 7:47 p.m.: Some School Street residents were sitting in their living room watching TV when a man walked into their home through the back door. He seemed surprised to see them. The residents did not know who he was and they asked if they could help him. The man asked what the address of the home was, and when they told him he said, “I must have the wrong house.” Then he went out the back of the home. The suspect was described as a white man, 5-foot-6, late 30s to early 40s, with thinning grey hair, wearing a brown leather jacket and dress pants. He was described as looking like a business man. Nothing appeared to be missing from the home.

Nov. 25, 3:01 p.m.: The owner of a vehicle that had been parked in lot at the Mount Auburn Club reported that the passenger side window was shattered and a wallet was taken out of the trunk. The wallet contained credit cards and cash. The vehicle was parked at 2:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. the owner came out and realized the vehicle had been broken into. He was advised to contact his credit card company, and later he was notified that one of his credit cars were used at Walgreens on Main Street in Waltham, just over the line from Watertown. It was charged for $206.95. Police looked at footage and spotted a suspect. The white male was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, a baseball hat, blue jeans and grey sneakers.

Also this week:

Three Watertown Homes Broken Into Tuesday Night, Latest in Spate of Break Ins

Man Who Stole Wallets from Watertown Gym Caught, was Also Wanted on Several Warrants

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