Police Log: String of Theft of Tools from Homes and Vehicles, Woman Victimized by IRS Scam

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


July 17, 4:40 p.m.: An officer patrolling in Watertown Square spotted a vehicle in the left turn lane on Galen Street go straight across the intersection onto Mt. Auburn Street. The officer pulled over the driver, who was unable to provide a driver’s license. Police found the man was driving without a license and was driving his brother’s car. The brother knew that the man driving did not have a license, but still allowed him to use his vehicle. The driver, a 23-year-old Somerville man, was arrested on charges of unlicensed driving and failing to yield. The brother, a 25-year-old man from Medford, was summonsed to Waltham District Court for allowing improper operation of a motor vehicle.

July 18, 3:28 p.m.: Watertown Police were alerted to a silver Buick involved in a hit-and-run accident in Waltham which was heading into Watertown on Main Street. Police located the car in the area of the Main Street Post Office and pulled it over on Main at Church Street. The driver admitted to being involved int he accident. He said he had been at a store with a friend when they got into an argument and he left in his friend’s car. The driver’s license had been suspended, officers discovered. Police also found the car was uninsured and was not inspected. The driver, a 44-year-old Waltham man, was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license and using a motor vehicle without authority. The owner of the vehicle, a 46-year-old Waltham man, was summonsed to Waltham District Court for an uninsured vehicle, no inspection sticker and attaching plates to a motor vehicle.

July 18, 6:02 p.m.: Police pulled over a Toyota Sienna on Watertown Street for an expired inspection sticker. When police searched the driver’s record they found the man was wanted on a warrant. The 47-year-old Newton man was arrested on the warrant from State Police from the Weston Barracks and was cited for cited for driving an unregistered motor vehicle and for an inspection sticker violation.

July 22, 9:50 p.m.: An officer patrolling in the Watertown Mall parking lot spotted a vehicle entering the parking lot at a high rate of speed and then observed the driver going through the lot at speeds varying from normal to high. The officer stopped the man as he was walking toward Target. Police found the driver had a suspended license and had a warrant. The 28-year-old Boston man was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license and the warrant from Boston District Court for driving with a suspended license.

July 23, 5:01 p.m.: An officer ran the license plate of a BMW traveling on Charles River Road and found that the registration had been cancelled and the owner’s license was revoked. The 26-year-old Cambridge man was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, attaching plates to a motor vehicle, driving an uninsured motor vehicle and failing to notify the RMV of an address change.


July 17, 3 p.m.: A young man approached police outside the Watertown Library to report that his bicycle had been stolen. It was left in the bike rack in back of the library around 1:30 p.m. and it was gone when he returned at 2:30. The man said he did not lock his bike. It is a blue and white Starlight brand bike that he had gotten for free.

July 18, 8:52 a.m.: The owner of a Hyundai Sonata parked outside of a home on Marshall Street had its left, rear window shattered. Police looked in the area, and no other vehicles had windows broken. It was not clear what broke the window.

July 18, 9:21 a.m.: A tractor trailer truck hit some utility wires on Arlington Street at Ashland Street. It pulled down some wires and snapped the utility pole. The incident caused a major detour that lasted into the afternoon while a new pole was installed.

July 18, 8:56 p.m.: A Belmont Street resident reported that a Mazda sedan had its driver’s side window broken while parked in a driveway. The owner last checked on the vehicle on July 12. Nothing was missing from the vehicle and it was not clear how the window was broken.

July 18, 11:06 p.m.: A garage on Coolidge Hill Road was broken into. The owner found the garage door open and it appeared items inside had been moved around. It appeared that some hand tools were taken. The garage had been left unlocked. Two-days later, a neighbor told police that a number of tools had been stolen from the back of his Ford 250 pickup. They had been left inside a cab on the back of the truck which was not locked. Items taken included a DeWalt saws-all, drills, a hammer drill and plumbing materials. They were worth a total of $2,500.

July 19, 9:46 p.m.: A Coolidge Hill Road resident reported that when he woke up he noticed the door on his backyard shed was open and there were garden tools laying on the driveway.

July 19, 9:56 p.m.: An Arlington Street resident heard a noise coming from the driveway and the resident heard the tailgate door closing. The resident saw someone getting into a black two-door car and left on Arlington Street heading toward Arsenal Street.

July 20, 7:37 p.m.: A Watertown Street resident reported being the victim of a telephone scam. The person received a call from a person claiming he was from the IRS and told the resident that police had a warrant for her arrest for failing to pay taxes. The resident was told that the violation would go on her permanent record, and in order to avoid arrest she should purchase various gift cards and forward the numbers on the cards to the caller. The woman got the gift cards and gave the man the numbers. The woman figured out something was wrong and was able to figure out which of the gift cards had not been used and stopped payment. Police are investigating and are working with federal authorities to try to identify the person behind the scam.

July 21, 8:15 a.m.: A Maplewood Street resident discovered someone had entered a Subaru and took $5 to $10 in quarters. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The same day, a Salisbury Road resident reported that someone had entered a Mazda and took a Garmin Nuvi GPS worth $150. The owner may have left the vehicle unlocked.

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