Police Log: Man Harasses Woman Using Vulgar Language, Gravestones Vandalized

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


July 3, 9:30 a.m.: An officer spotted a vehicle run a red light in Watertown Square. The vehicle was pulled over, and police discovered the man driving did not have a driver’s license. The 30-year-old man from Marlborough was arrested on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.


July 3, 5:30 p.m.: A 20-year-old resident of the Archstone Apartments on Watertown Street said she was using her laptop when she realized someone had hacked in and was using her computer remotely. Then an online chat conversation popped up where someone saying they were from Microsoft support said her computer had been infected by a virus and she needed to pay to get rid of it. The person demanded $251.16. The woman discovered the person had been able to access her personal information and financial information. The person used the woman’s Visa card to transfer $1,705.50 Chinese Yuan, which equals $251.16. The woman was advised to wipe her computer clean, which she did. Police are investigating.

July 4, 4 p.m.: Police were called to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, where three headstones had been intentionally tipped over. It is believe the vandalism occurred between noon and 4 p.m. on July 4. Police processed the headstones and are working on identifying a suspect. The estimated damage was $6,000.

July 5, 1 p.m.: Security at Target spotted a person walking through the store with a box for a battery operated drone. The person took rechargeable batteries off the shelf and hid them under the drone box, and then took a hammock. The items were worth a total of $76.66. The 30-year-old man from Schenectady, N.Y., was stopped and summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting.

July 5, 4 p.m.: The owner of a vehicle parked on Grant Avenue came out to find the rear passenger side window had been broken. It was parked in a private lot and the damage occurred between 11 p.m. on the 4th and 4 p.m. on the 5th.

July 6, 7 p.m.: A cab driver reported he took a man to Summer and Mt. Auburn streets and when he let the passenger out he ran off without paying the $40.20 fare. The man was described as a white male, 6-feet tall, with short brown hair, a long-sleeved blue button up shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen running north on Spring Street.

July 6, 10:45 p.m.: Police were called to Standish Road after a car struck a tree. The car was gone when police arrived, but a witness said there was a loud bang and the witness found a vehicle that struck a tree while heading northbound on Standish. The witness spoke briefly to the woman driver and the male passenger, who said they were OK and the left the scene. Witnesses were able to provide police with a description of the vehicle and a partial license plate number. Police located the vehicle on Chestnut Street in Belmont and spoke to the two people who had been in the vehicle. During the investigation, police found some pills for which the driver did not have a prescription. Police determined, however, that the woman was not under the influence of the drug when the accident occurred. The 24-year-old woman from Waltham was summonsed to Waltham District Court for leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and possession of a Class E drug.

July 8, 11:10 p.m.: A woman walking on Main Street near Gilbert Street said she was approached by a man who began walking behind her and then tried to start a conversation. The woman asked the man to please leave her alone but he continued speaking to her and used “extreme vulgarities,” police said. The woman became fearful and ran to the nearby Watertown Police Station. She provided a description to police, who were quickly able to locate the man on Main Street at Stuart Street. The 36-year-old Watertown man admitted to using vulgar language and was summonsed to Waltham District Court for annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex.

July 9, 8 p.m.: A woman dining at Cafe Molana on Spring Street said she was dining in a booth and had her pocketbook with her. Sometime while she was eating, between 7 and 8 p.m., someone took the bag. It contained a cellphone, credit cards and her driver’s license.

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