Police Log: Man Eats His Way to Arrest, Woman’s Bingo Bag Stolen

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Watertown Police Patch

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


June 3, 2:20 p.m.: A man was seen walking through Stop & Shop in Watertown Square, taking food off the shelf and eating it while he browsed through the store. He was also seen putting items in a backpack and then attempted to walk out without paying. The 48-year-old Boston man was arrested for shoplifting, a second offense.

June 3, 7:50 p.m.: A witness saw a Jeep SUV strike a curb on School Street. The driver stopped and walked around looking at the vehicle before getting back and driving off. The vehicle swerved over the center line. Police located the SUV and pulled it over on School Street near Boylston Street. The front right tire was flat and had holes in it. Police detected the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and field sobriety tests were performed. The 33-year-old Reading woman was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

June 4, 1 a.m.: An officer saw a vehicle speeding along Lexington Street and was swerving across the yellow line. The vehicle attempted to turn onto Philip Darch Road and nearly struck a parked vehicle. The car backed up and went past the vehicle and then sped away. The officer pulled the driver over and detected an odor of alcohol on the man’s breath. The man was not steady on his feet and for the safety of the driver the officer decided not to perform field sobriety tests. The 30-year-old Watertown man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violation and speeding.


June 3, 8:45 a.m.: The manager at Toyota of Watertown’s used car facility on Pleasant Street reported that overnight a person or multiple people cut a two holes in the fence along the Charles River Path and attempted to take the tires and rims off two vehicles. A lug wrench was found near a vehicle but nothing was taken.

June 3, 9:40 a.m.: A car parked in a Spruce Street driveway had the front, left window broken. Someone entered the vehicle, cut the front and back seats, ripped apart the dashboard, broke the radio and damaged the center console. Finally, the letters “F” and “U” were scratched in the hood of the vehicle. Police are investigating.

June 3, 2:15 p.m.: A woman’s wallet was stolen while she was a at Panera Bread. She was alerted by her credit card company that someone made a significant purchase at Target in Watertown. She remembers putting her bag on the floor of Panera. Target security is looking at store video to try to identify a suspect.

June 3, 11:30 p.m.: A woman reported her purse and her bingo bag had been stolen while she was parked on Summer Street to drop of a friend after bingo. It contained her credit cards, cellphone and her checkbook. On June 6, an employee of a nearby business on Mt. Auburn Street reported that they had found a purse and bingo bag on its roof. Most of the contents were recovered.

June 4, 10:50 a.m.: A vehicle parked overnight on Waverley Avenue had all four of its tires slashed. The incident is under investigation.

June 4, 5:30 p.m.: A Capitol Street resident reported two bicycles had been stolen from her porch. They had been left unlocked. A silver men’s Cannondale cyclocross bike and a blue and silver women’s Giant cyclocross bike worth $1,000 each, were stolen.

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