The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.
Aug. 21, 7:15 p.m.: An employee at Toyota of Watertown was moving a car onto Arsenal Street and when he opened the door a passing van struck the door and just missed the man. The white van kept going toward Brighton, and it had distinctive markings. Police stopped the van and found that the driver had a suspended license. The 58-year-old Framingham man was arrested for leaving the scene of property damage and driving with a suspended license.
Aug. 21, 6:25 p.m.: An officer spotted car going straight from a left-turn lane on Galen Street in Watertown Square. When the police pulled the vehicle over the officer discovered that the driver did not have a driver’s license. The 22-year-old Waltham man was arrested on charges of unlicensed driving and failing to yield.
Aug. 21, 11:20 p.m.: A car heading north on Waverley Avenue drifted over the center line while making a right turn onto Orchard Street. When making the turn the vehicle almost struck a police officer on a motorcycle going the other way. The officer pulled the driver over and the driver left the vehicle in reverse. The officer asked the driver to put it in park, but the driver was incoherent. The officer reached in and put the vehicle in park and turned the engine off. The driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and the officer smelled the odor of alcohol on her breath. The woman admitted to consuming alcohol before driving. She failed field sobriety tests. The woman’s record showed she had been arrested three prior times for driving under the influence of alcohol. The 35-year-old Watertown woman was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol – a fourth offense, marked lanes violation, driving with a revoked license, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, no inspection sticker, and driving with a revoked registration.
Aug. 22, 6:45 a.m.: An officer on patrol on Arsenal Street ran a query of a vehicle and found the driver had a warrant for her arrest. The vehicle was stopped and the officer confirmed that the driver was the one wanted on the warrant. The 33-year-old Cambridge woman was arrested on the warrant out of Brighton District for failing to attend jury duty.
Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Police tracked down a man who was suspected of stealing a car from outside Lexus of Watertown and crashed it into a barrier in Brighton. Police found some evidence inside the car to link it to the suspect. A 25-year-old Watertown man was arrested on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a license suspended for an OUI. A second man was summonsed to court because he got into the stolen car after seeing the man taking it. The 29-year-old Watertown man was charged with receiving stolen property.
Aug. 27, 2:50 a.m.: A car drove into curb while driving through the Arsenal on the Charles. An officer saw the incident and went to check on the driver. The impact was great enough to set off the driver’s side airbag. The driver was not injured, but the officer detected signs of intoxication. The driver admitted to drinking alcohol before driving and she failed field sobriety tests. The 31-year-old Brighton woman was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Aug. 21, 11:45 a.m.: An officer on foot patrol near Town Hall was flagged down by a person who had seen a dog in a car which appeared to be overheating. The officer found the dog in the car, which had the windows rolled down 2-4 inches and there was no water for the dog. The temperature inside the vehicle was determined by the officer to be about 100 degrees. The officer decided to enter the vehicle to let the dog out, and called the Animal Control Officer was called. The owner was located a short time later and he was extremely apologetic for leaving the dog in the hot car. He said he would never want to harm the dog. He was gone for 35-40 minutes having lunch with a friend. Police got a criminal summons for the 60-year-old man from Holland, Mass., for animal cruelty.
Aug. 22, 9 a.m.: An Oliver Street resident reported his vehicle had been broken into overnight. Nothing appeared to be taken. The vehicle was left unlocked.
Aug. 22, 12:20 p.m.: A woman was seen walking around Target concealing items in her handbags. She went past the registers without paying and was stopped. She was found to have $116.87 worth of men’s clothing in one bag and in another bag she had $118 in merchandise from Marshall’s. The 54-year-old Brighton woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court for shoplifting and receiving stolen property.
Aug. 24, 3:20 p.m.: A woman reported that items were stolen from her home and she believes they were taken when she was having work done on her Commonwealth Road home. Missing were a cellphone, a driver’s license and a credit card. Police are investigating.
Aug. 25, 9 a.m.: A Quirk Street resident reported that a vehicle parked at the home was vandalized. There was a V-shaped crack in the window. Police believe the damage was done intentionally.
Aug. 24-25: Three vehicles were broken into on Commonwealth Road. A total of $10 in cash was taken from one car, a Vera Bradley cash purse and wristlet were taken from another vehicle, and a driver’s license was taken from the third. All three vehicles were left unlocked.
Aug. 25, 7 p.m.: An iPhone was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the municipal parking lot behind the Watertown Library. The owner parked at about 3:45 p.m. and left for just a few minutes before returning to find the phone missing.
Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.: A Prentiss Street resident reported vandalism of a vehicle. Police observed a 10-inch scratch that appeared to be made with a hard object.
Aug. 27, 5:45 p.m.: Three teens left their bikes in the bushes behind Target, near the Community Path and went into the Mall for about an hour. When they returned their bikes were missing. They had been left unlocked.
Aug. 28, 12:30 p.m.: A person walked into the Watertown Police Station to turn in a credit card which the person had found. Police contacted the owner who said that it had been taken from a vehicle on the night of Aug. 15, but it had not reported it missing. An iPad was also taken.