Police Log: Stolen Credit Card Used for Shopping Spree, Window Broken at High School

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Dec. 31, 1:12 p.m.: Police received a call about a man sleeping in his car and officers responded to check on his well being. They found the man in his car asleep at the wheel and he had open beer bottles, including one in the cup holder of the center console. Police awoke the man and performed field sobriety tests, and he passed all of them. However, they discovered the man had an expired driver’s license. The 60-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m.: A woman realized her wallet was missing and believed she left it at the Gap Outlet in the Arsenal Mall. She was contacted by her bank about some large charges on her credit card. Police obtained video surveillance from Gap, which showed the woman leave her wallet on the counter at the register and then a man took the wallet. He then used a credit card to purchase a 55-inch television at Best Buy and went to Target where it was used to buy a comforter and sheets. Police identified the man using the surveillance video and obtained an arrest warrant. The man turned himself in. The 50-year-old West Roxbury man was arrested on two counts of larceny under $250, one count of larceny over $250, one count of credit card fraud over $250 and one count of credit card fraud under $250.


Dec. 27, 11:45 a.m.: A Spring Street resident discovered his car had been broken into and $85 was stolen. The incident was caught on video and showed a man in a bright lime green jacket and a dark sweatshirt entering the vehicle. The incident is under investigation.

Dec. 28, 4:10 p.m.: A woman discovered her basement door of her Common Street home was ajar and realized a Macbook was taking from the couch in the living room and another Macbook was taken from a second-floor bedroom. Also, two rings were missing from inside the home and a downspout was taken from outside the home.

Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m.: A man came to the Police Station after realizing his credit card had been used to purchase a Macbook Pro at Best Buy for $1,912.49. While his credit card was not missing, the purchase was made using Apple Pay. Police are investigating.

Dec. 31, 9:45 p.m.: A man and woman tried to crash a private party at the Sons of Italy hall. When they tried to purchase beer at the party they were escorted out of the hall, and then they got into a physical altercation. The woman was seen getting into a white SUV and drove away down Pleasant Street and the man left on foot. Police searched the area but could not locate either of them.

Jan. 1, 3:30 p.m.: A man came to the Police Station to report a co-worker at UPS had threatened him over a borrowed car. The man said he interpreted the statement as a threat of physical harm. UPS will handle the incident internally, and the man was informed he could pursue a criminal complaint at Waltham District Court.

Jan. 1, 8:05 p.m.: An officer patrolling around Watertown High School found the front door had been damaged. A window in the door had been broken by what appeared to be a BB. The school had video surveillance and a suspect was identified. The person will pay for the replacement of the window, which will cost $250.

Jan 1, 9:05 p.m.: Target security spotted a person putting numerous items into bags, which were placed in a shopping carriage. The person was stopped when she tried to leave without paying. The 31-year-old Watertown woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court on charges of shoplifting by concealment.

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