Police Log: Three Arrested on Drug Charges, Man Loses $20K in Scam

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Arrests

Nov. 10, 11:08 p.m.: An officer on Arsenal Street spotted a vehicle traveling without its headlights on. The vehicle was pulled over near Watertown Square. The driver did not have a license and he gave a false name. When they spoke with him, officers detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. They also found a half-full bottle of Jose Cuervo in a cup holder and had another bottle of Patron tequila. The man admitted to consuming alcohol before driving, and he failed field sobriety tests. The driver was taken into custody and when police got his real name, they found he had a prior OUI conviction. The 36-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol — second offense, unlicensed driving, having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and furnishing false identification. He was also cited for a lights violation.

Nov. 11, 11:36 p.m.: An officer driving on Main Street spotted a brown Honda he knew to have a revoked registration due to being uninsured. When police approached, the Honda sped up to as fast as 50 mph in a 30 zone. The car was pulled over on Main at Partridge Street. The officer saw the driver and two passengers, and recognized the woman in the back seat from previous encounters. When he approached, the people in the vehicle appeared to be fidgeting around as if to conceal items. They would not stop moving after the officer told them to do so. The driver put both of his hands in his pockets against the request of the officer. The officer told the man he had been speeding and that the registration had been revoked. When they searched the driver, Police found suboxone strips (for which he did not have a prescription) and what appeared to be a crack pipe. Police asked the passengers to get out because he was under arrest and they refused to cooperate at first. When they searched the front passenger, a male, Police found four small plastic bags with what appeared to be crack cocaine inside. Meanwhile, the rear passenger got out of the vehicle and ran across Main Street to Edward Road and tried to escape into the wooded area near Gore Estate. When officers tried to capture her, she punched an officer in the face. She was found to be wanted on a warrant. The driver, a 29-year-old Waltham man, was arrested on two counts of possession of a Class B drug, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and one count of speeding. The front passenger, a 54-yard Waltham man, was arrested on a charge of possession of a Class B drug. The rear passenger, a 33-year-old Waltham woman, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery on a police officer and a warrant from Waltham District Court for possession of a Class A drug.

Nov. 12, 8:42 p.m.: Police went to Pilgrim Road to serve warrants on two residents. When they arrived, they were let into the house by a third person. They looked around the home and found a man hiding in a shower in the basement and a woman hiding behind the water heater. The 40-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a warrant from Waltham District Court for possession of a Class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug laws. The 43-year-old Watertown woman was arrested on two warrants from Waltham District Court, one for possession of a Class B drug and the second for larceny under $1,200.

Nov. 15, 8:56 p.m.: While responding to an unrelated matter on Coolidge Hill Road, police encountered a man who they discovered was wanted on a warrant. The 48-year-old Watertown man was arrested on the warrant from Haverhill District Court for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Nov. 16, 4:40 p.m.: A vehicle was pulled over on Mt. Auburn Street near Baptist Walk because the registered owner had a suspended license. The owner was not driving, but police discovered the man driving was wanted on a warrant. The 23-year-old Newton man was arrested on the warrant from Cambridge District Court for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Incidents

Nov. 12, 5:35 p.m.: A man reported being the victim of a scam to Police. The older man had been contacted by someone saying they were from the Social Security Administration and that he had to send money or else his Social Security checks would be withheld. He was told to buy $20,000 in eBay gift cards and send the serial numbers to the caller. The man went to the U.S. Post Office on Mt. Auburn Street and purchased the $20,000 in gift cards and gave the information to the caller. Later he realized it was a scam. Police have contacted the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office, which will look into the incident.

Nov. 13, 8 a.m.: A Brookline Street resident told Police his and his daughter’s vehicles had been broken into. Both had been left unlocked and were parked in the driveway. One vehicle had $20 in cash and coins stolen, and the second had a backpack with school books, notebooks and $10 in cash taken.

Nov. 13, 2:08 p.m.: A Bancroft Street resident came to the Police Station to report a car break-in. The incident occurred between Nov. 11 and Nov. 13. The owner discovered a wallet missing which contained $125 in cash and three Visa gift cards worth $200. The owner was not sure if the vehicle was locked, but there were no signs of forced entry.

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