Police Log: Man Eats Lunch in Middle of Arsenal Street, Car Tires Stolen at Motel

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Watertown Police Patch

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Oct. 5, 12:30 p.m.: A car was stopped in the middle of the eastbound lane of Arsenal Street, straddling the two lanes. When police arrived and spoke to the driver the officer detected an odor of alcohol coming from the driver and he had food on his shirt. When asked what he was doing, the driver said he was eating his lunch. The man admitted to consuming vodka before getting behind the wheel. Field sobriety tests were given and the 33-year-old Peabody man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a second offense.

Oct. 7, 3:05 p.m.: Target security caught a woman removing the security device from a Nextbook tablet, take it out of the box, and place it into a box for a Swaddleme baby carrier. She then paid for the baby carrier, but not the tablet. She was detained by security, and when police arrived they found that she had two warrants. The 41-year-old Dorchester woman was arrested on charges of shoplifting by concealment – a third offense; unlawful destruction of a security device; and two warrants: one from Chelsea District Court for shoplifting and one from South Boston District Court for shoplifting and possession of a burglarious instrument.


Oct. 3, 1:35 a.m.: Guests at the Super 8 Motel on North Beacon Street discovered someone had stolen the tires and rims from their vehicles. Three vehicles had their wheels missing: a Toyota Corolla was propped up on cement blocks, a Chevy sedan was propped up on plastic crates and a Hyundai sedan was put up on some rocks. Police believe the thefts occurred between midnight and 1 a.m.

Oct. 3, 11 a.m.: Three tables were stolen from the Cortiva Institute on Morse Street. One was a white concrete table worth $150 and two massage tables worth $300 each were taken.

Oct. 3, 12 p.m.: Two men got into a scuffle outside the Watertown Free Public Library. One man said he was punched in the face by someone who frequented the library. Words were exchanged by the bus stop in front of the library and each one accused the other of assaulting the other. Police confirmed the men had marks that showed they had been in an altercation, but could not determine who started it. They were advised they could file a complaint in Waltham District Court.

Oct. 4, 1:40 p.m.: Two packages arrived at a business on Galen Street, but they had not been ordered by anyone at the business. When they checked the credit card on the invoice, and it did not belong to anyone from the business. The merchandise was returned to the sender.

Oct. 4, 5:15 p.m.: A resident of senior housing on Waverley Avenue reported that he was missing $50 in cash and a wrist watch. He had invited an acquaintance into his apartment for coffee and after he left, the resident said $50 he had left on the couch was missing. Later, the man came back to his apartment and saw the acquaintance standing outside his apartment. When he went in, his wristwatch – worth $1,000 – was gone. It had also been left on the couch. The watch was a stainless steel Raymond Weil with a white face and Roman numerals.

Oct. 6, 4:40 p.m.: A man working at Newlywed Foods on Grove Street said he was slapped in the face by a co-worker. Police advised the man he could seek a complaint at Waltham District Court.

Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.: A woman’s handbag went missing after she left it in a shopping cart while putting her kids into the car. She had been shopping at Target. A search for the bag came up empty. It contained a wallet, an iPhone an $50 in cash.

Oct. 8, 11:05 a.m.: A bicycle was stolen from a home on Common Street. The mountain bike had been left leaning against a wall at about 4 p.m. on Oct. 7, and when the owner returned at 7 p.m. that day it was gone. The bike was a teal green Univega mountain bike worth $700.

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