The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.
March 28, 7:45 p.m.: A man was stopped at Home Depot after security spotted him walk out of the store without paying for a DeWalt circular saw. When security tried to escort the man to the back office, the suspect grabbed the saw and tried to leave again when the security guard turned to walk to the office. The man was stopped and when police arrived the suspect was heard yelling derogatory comments at security. Later he dropped his pants, grabbed his genitals and shook them at employees, who were shocked and upset by the display. When police put him in handcuffs, the suspect kicked a security guard in the chest with his work boot. The 64-year-old Cambridge man was arrested on charges of larceny over $250, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and open and gross lewdness.
March 31, 8:45 p.m.: Security at Marshall’s spotted a man cutting the security tags off merchandise and put them under his clothing. When he was stopped, security found he was hiding a knife and four bottles of cologne and a pair of headphones. The 44-year-old homeless man was arrested on charges of shoplifting over $100 and unlawful removal of a theft detector device.
April 1, 6:50 p.m.: A woman was seen gong into the dressing rooms at Target with several items of clothing. She was in there so long that employees checked to see if she was OK. Eventually she came out and walked toward the register with a cart full of items and she went out the door without paying. Security stopped the woman and found she had $277.95 worth of merchandise. The 39-year-old Watertown woman was arrested on a charge of larceny over $250.
April 2, 4:05 p.m.: A man and wife were stopped at Target for shoplifting and when they were asked to identify themselves they had no IDs. A loss prevention officer spotted the pair pushing a shopping cart toward the mall entrance of Target, but when they saw an employee at that entrance they turned and headed toward the main entrance. They went out the door without paying but security stopped them. They had $217.17 in assorted clothing and groceries in their cart. The couple would not cooperate and refused to identify themselves. Police were called and when they were investigating, they found the couple had items from other stores in they area, including: $273.44 in clothing from Ann Taylor, $91.97 in clothing and footwear from Marshall’s and $53.95 of clothing from The Gap. Police were eventually able to identify the couple. The 79-year-old man and 65-year-old woman, both from Watertown, were each arrested on one count of shoplifting over $100, one count of receiving stolen property over $250 and two counts of receiving stolen property under $250.
March 29, 10:30 a.m.: A man went into Marshall’s and grabbed a pair of white Jordan sneakers and walked out without paying. The sneakers were worth $99.99. The suspect, described as a white male in his 40s, was seen getting into a waiting vehicle driven by an Asian male in his 40s. The license plate was obtained and police are investigating.
March 29, 1:30 p.m.: A 23-year-old Belmont man came to the Police Station to report that he was swindled out of service and merchandise worth $2,400. He told police he met a couple men at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on March 22 and they agreed to meet at the Arsenal Mall on March 26. The man bought three iPhone 7s and three 24-month plans at the Sprint Store and gave the men the phones. Later, when he tried to contact the men to change the names on the plan to theirs he could not reach them.
March 29, 6:40 p.m.: A woman was seen taking a Belkin phone charger into the dressing room at Target and when she came out security found the package in the trash. When security confronted the woman, she gave the charger back. The 66-year-old Norwood woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting by concealment and was trespassed from the store.
March 30, 1 p.m.: Target security observed a woman putting clothing into a plastic bag and place it in her handbag. She went to the register and paid for some items and then attempted to leave without paying for the items in her handbag. The woman had $179.53 in clothing and household goods. The 59-year-old Brighton woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting by concealment.
March 30, 8 p.m.: Target security recognized a man from a shoplifting incident in December who was back in the store. The man was seen putting several items into a shopping cart and pushed the cart out the door without paying. He was stopped and detained. The 59-year-old Watertown man was summonsed to Waltham District Court for larceny over $250 and shoplifting over $100.
April 2, 8 p.m.: A woman reported that her purse had been taken when she was at Fit Z’s Bar and Grille on April 1. She was there from 4 and 11:30 p.m. The gold Jenny Boston purse had cash, gift cards, and credit cards inside. Police are investigating.
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