Police Log: Shoplifter Kicks Police Officer, Christmas Decoration Stolen

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Arrests

Dec. 24, 12:31 a.m.: A shoplifter was spotted taking items at the CVS in Watertown Square. He was seen fleeing down Church Street at Main Street. He was caught on Pleasant Street near Cross Street. Most of the items he took were food items, and they were worth a total of $51.53. Police recognized the man from previous shoplifting incidents. When they spoke to him he became confrontational and kicked an officer. The Waltham man was arrested on three counts of shoplifting, one count of assault and battery on a police officer, and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a shod foot.

Dec. 24, 10:12 p.m.: An officer saw a vehicle struck a curb while making a turn from Mt. Auburn Street onto School Street. The officer stopped the 2009 Ford Escape to check on the wellbeing of the driver. When the officer spoke to the driver, a strong odor of alcohol was detected on his breath. The man failed field sobriety tests. Police placed the 44-year-old Belmont man under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to use care when turning.

Incidents

Dec. 23, 2:57 p.m.: A package was reported stolen by a Waverley Avenue resident. The package contained Wisconsin cheeses and other items worth $185. It was delivered to the apartment building’s mailroom but the resident could not find it. The incident is being investigated, and the resident is being refunded for the items by the vendor.

Dec. 24, 10:22 a.m.: A Carey Avenue resident reported he had been the victim of a scam aimed at Uber driver. The man had received a call from someone saying he was being recognized as a valued employee by Uber and he would receive $300. The caller asked for the man’s Uber bank account. Later the resident realized that $1,891.24 had been taken from his account. The man filed a police report, and Uber reimbursed him for the money because it appeared the company’s computer system had been compromised.

Dec. 26, 10:33 a.m.: A resident of an apartment building on Warren Street reported that a care package he expected to receive had gone missing. It contained candy and other Christmas goodies worth about $25. The Post Office confirmed the package had been delivered between Dec. 16 and 26. There are no suspects.

Dec. 28, 12:54 p.m.: A shoplifter was detained at Home Depot after he was seen trying to leave the store without paying for a Husky knife set and a Milwaukee battery. The items were worth a total of $199. The 26-year-old Franklin resident was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting by concealing merchandise.

Dec. 28, 10:01 p.m.: An outdoor Christmas decoration was reported stolen from a Crawford Street home. The Applight globe-shaped light was taken from a front lawn. It was next to two other Applights. The light was discovered missing at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. The light is worth $100.

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