Police Log: Older Resident Scammed Out of More than $50K, Laptop Stolen from Gym

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Arrests

March 5, 1:58 a.m.: An officer patrolling on Nichols Avenue near Dexter Avenue spotted a vehicle run a stop sign. The vehicle was pulled over and Police discovered the driver had a warrant for his arrest. The 63-year-old Brighton man was arrested on the warrant from Newton District Court for distribution of a Class B substance, and he was cited for a stop sign violation.

March 5, 5:41 p.m.: Police spotted a man they recognized as being wanted on a warrant driving on Lexington Street near Carey Avenue. The vehicle was stopped and the 59-year-old Watertown man was arrested on the warrant from Malden District Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threats to commit a crime.

March 7, 8:15 p.m.: Police went to Oliver Street to arrest a man who was wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant for a drug-related incident in Colorado. The 29-year-old Watertown man was arrested on the warrant and will be extradited to Colorado.

Incidents

March 5, 3:51 p.m.: A resident had advertised online that she was looking for a job as a babysitter. She received a message from someone saying the person’s family was moving to the area from Ohio, and would like to hire the resident as a nanny. The person sent a check for $1,865.40 and asked the resident to deposit it, and use the money to buy household items and to purchase a $500 eBay gift card and send the card number to the caller. After purchasing the gift card and sending the information, the resident learned that the person’s check had bounced. She had not bought the household items.

March 6, 5:23 p.m.: A resident reported that a parent with Alzheimer’s Disease had been the victim of internet and phone scams. The parent had given out personal information, including a Social Security Number. Also, the daughter believed that her parent had been scammed out of between $50,000 and $100,000. The parent had been buying gift cards and sending the numbers to scammers. The scams began on March 4. Also, the parent’s PayPal account had been compromised and fraudulent charges had been made overseas dating back to February. Police are investigating.

March 6, 7:24 p.m.: Police were called to Home Depot for a shoplifting incident. Store security saw a person passing a cart full of items to another person, and attempted to put the items into a vehicle parked in front of the store. When security confronted the person, the man reached into his pocket and displayed what the security guard believed to be a knife. The person left the items (worth about $1,500), and got into the vehicle and drove away. Police were able to identify the person, and a 27-year-old Brighton man was summonsed to Waltham District Court on charges of larceny over $1,200, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

March 8, 1:38 p.m.: A laptop was taken from GymIt on Arlington Street. At noon, the computer had been left in a locker, which the owner believed he locked. When he returned at 1 p.m. it was gone. The Lenovo laptop was worth about $500.

March 10, 4:45 p.m.: The owner of a home on Summer Street found someone has written “188” in large letters on columns outside the home using a black marker. The person had not been to the home in a few weeks, and it had not been there before. He did not give anyone permission to write on the columns.

March 10, 8:17 p.m.: Police were called to Paul Street for a case of credit card fraud. The victim was informed by a credit card company that a $100 fraudulent charge was made on the card at a Speedway gas station. A second credit card company alerted the resident that a $25 charge was made at a Target in Phoenix.

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