Police Log: Multiple Car Broken Into, Fire Starts in Bin

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Arrests

Sept. 27, 4:21 p.m.: Target security spotted a woman taking items off the shelf and put them into a handbag, which she also took off the shelf. She was stopped and security found women’s clothing, a pair of headphones along with the handbag. Police arrived and checked her record and found that she had two outstanding warrants. The 30-year-old Revere woman was arrested for shoplifting and two warrants, one from West Roxbury District Court for possession of a Class B drug, and one from Boston District Court for possession of a Class B drug and larceny from a building.

Sept. 28, 4:01 p.m.: An officer patrolling on foot near the Watertown Library spotted a man in the back of a car in the parking lot behind the library. The officer recognized the man as someone wanted on a warrant. The 20-year-old Watertown man was arrested on the warrant from Framingham District Court for possession of a Class B drug.

Incidents

Sept. 24, 3:50 a.m.: A fire was reported in front of a home on Nyack Street. The Fire Department and Police Department responded and found a fire inside a bin. The blaze was doused, and firefighters believe sawdust and stain from a flooring project ignited.

Sept. 24, 4:56 a.m.: An officer driving on Stoneleigh Circle spotted the door of a door ajar. The officer found that the vehicle had been rummaged through. Police alerted the owner who said the vehicle had been parked there since 3 p.m. on the 22nd. The vehicle had been left unlocked.

Sept. 24, 6:29 a.m.: A Lexus SUV was found with its door open by an officer driving on Standish Road. The vehicle was rummaged through, but nothing appeared to be missing. It was parked on the street the night before, and was left unlocked.

Sept. 25, 10:35 a.m.: While reviewing her bank account, an Oakland Street resident discovered four checks had been cashed that she had not written. The woman still had the checks, but she had been hospitalized and she suspects someone had access to her checkbook. Two checks were made for $1,246 and two for $1,148.

Sept. 25, 10:50 a.m.: A man went to Home Depot and took a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker off the shelf and went to customer service to try to return it. Then he attempted to walk out of the store without paying for it. Security confronted the man, who left the cooker and got into a vehicle and left. Security got his license plate. The suspect is described as a white male.

Sept. 25, 12:49 p.m.: A resident reported receiving three fraud alerts from the credit card company between Sept. 18-20. The purchases had been made in Maryland. One charge was made for $4,186.78, two were not completed because they were flagged, and then someone tried to increase the limit on the credit card. The resident is not sure how the person got the card information, and the credit card company is investigating.

Sept. 25, 3:35 p.m.: Police responded to the Mt. Auburn Athletic Club parking lot after a vehicle was broken into. The owner parked there at 1:50 p.m.and came back at 3:10 p.m. and found items were missing, including three credit cards, $200 in cash, an undeposited check and sunglasses. The owner believed the car was locked, but the window had been left a crack open. Soon after the officer left, the owner received an alert that one of the credit cards had been used at Home Depot. The suspect is described as a white male, who is 45-55 years old.

Sept. 26, 11:05 a.m.: A resident reported being scammed after responding to a job ad. He was supposed to get paid $400 a month for putting advertising on his vehicle. On Sept. 18, he received a check for $3,000 and was contacted by the person from the company. He was told to cash it and send back $2,500. He sent the funds by money order. Later, the bank notified him that the original check did not clear. When the incident was investigated, it was found the address for the company was a vacant office space in Maryland. Citizens Bank is investigating.

Sept. 27, 9 a.m.: Graffiti was discovered on a sidewalk on Bates Road. Written in red spray paint was the message “The Climate Crisis is Here; Act Now.” It appeared to have been made using a stencil. The Department of Public Works was notified, and the paint was removed.

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