The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.
Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.: An office spotted a vehicle run a red light in Watertown Square, and continue on North Beacon Street toward Brighton. The driver was pulled over in front of the Volkswagen dealership, and when police checked the driver’s record they found he had a revoked license due to repeated traffic offenses. The 45-year-old Peabody man was arrested for driving with a suspended license – a subsequent offense – and a red light violation.
Feb. 28, 4:20 p.m.: A man came into Home Depot, put multiple power tools into a carriage and then went to the register to exchange them for a refund. The man was given a gift card for $801.96 and he left the store. Security got a license plate and police were able to identify and locate the man in Framingham. The man came to the Watertown Police Station and was arrested, but he said he threw away the gift card. The 38-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a charge of larceny over $250.
March 2, 6:15 p.m.: An officer pulled over a driver on Mt. Auburn Street at Melendy Avenue for a traffic violation. Police determined the man had a suspended driver’s license and he had an outstanding warrant. The 30-year-old Watertown man was arrested for driving with a suspended license and the warrant from Brighton District Court for traffic offenses. Police also discovered the vehicle, which was owned by someone else, was uninsured and unregistered. The owner was summonsed to Waltham District Court for those charges.
Feb. 27, 10:15 a.m.: An employee at Beacon High School discovered a glass basketball backboard had been shattered. A large rock was found near the backboard, which was worth $200.
March 1, 9 a.m.: A Lexington Street resident discovered his home had been vandalized. Someone had poured black paint over the rear window of his home, and bread that had been colored blue was left on the front porch. Orange paint was also found on the ground. The homeowner believed the incident occurred between 8:30 and 10:40 p.m. on Feb. 28. The paint was water based so it could be washed off without permanent damage.
March 1, 5:50 p.m.: A man grabbed a shopping bag in Marshall’s and began filling it with clothing and accessories. He then tried to leave the store without paying. The man was stopped and security found he had $173.87 in merchandise. The 21-year-old Auburndale man was summonsed to Waltham District Court on a charge of shoplifting over $100.
March 3, 5 p.m.: A woman driving on Galen Street into Watertown Square was stopped at the light when she heard a rapping on her passenger side window and saw an Asian man outside. He then opened the door and punched her in the shoulder. The man got back in his car and drove away on Mt. Auburn Street. The woman drove to the parking lot behind CVS and called police. She was not sure what cause the outburst. The man was driving a blue Subaru sedan, and the woman has a dashboard cam, so police are looking at footage for clues.
March 3, 6:30 p.m.: A customer parked int he parking lot of Russo’s to go shopping at about 5:45 p.m. and the person returned at 6:20 p.m. to find scratches all around the Volkswagen Jetta.
March 4, 1:06 a.m.: Belmont Police spotted a car run a red light on Whites Avenue heading into Watertown. The car did not stop for police, and pulled into a driveway on Belmont Street in Watertown. The man ignored officers when the told him to stop and he went into the home. Belmont Police contacted Watertown Police to assist in taking the man into custody.
March 4, 6:45 p.m.: Target security spotted a woman acting suspiciously in the store. She was crouching down in the electronics section of the store, and then walked around the store putting items in her oversized jacket pockets. She was stopped and had $115.88 in items, including an iPad cover, an iPhone accessory, a ball and stationary notebooks. The 48-year-old Boston woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting over $100.