Police Log: Man Caught with Multiple Credit Cards, Business Broken Into

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Sept. 18, 12:55 a.m.: A witness saw a man trying to use multiple cards in an ATM in at Bank of America in Watertown Square and called police. When officers arrived they observed the man trying multiple credit cards in an ATM, and when he left he tried to conceal his face by pulling his hood down. When police approached, the man ran away. He was located a short time later on Spring Street. Police determined the credit cards had been stolen. The first time he was asked to identify himself, the man gave a false name. When police figured out his real name they found that he had a warrant for his arrest. The 27-year-old Waltham man was arrested on a charge of receiving credit cards and the warrant from Middlesex Superior Court for breaking and entering.

Sept. 19, 11:10 a.m.: A 32-year-old Watertown man was arrested on two warrants from Waltham District Court for probation related offenses.

Sept. 20, 12:30 a.m.: Police spotted a vehicle run a red light from Galen Street onto Main Street. When the officer spoke with the driver an odor of alcohol was detected on the driver’s breath. The driver admitted to drinking alcohol before driving, and failed field sobriety tests. The 35-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop.

Sept. 20, 3:06 p.m.: Police had knowledge that a man had a warrant for his arrest. They went to Waverley Avenue and arrested him on the warrant from Newton District Court for larceny from a building.

Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m.: Target security spotted a man and woman whom they recognized from a previous shoplifting incident in the store. The man picked up a blender in its box and attempted to leave without paying. Security stopped the man and called police. They also located a cutting tool used to remove the store security tag from the blender, which was worth $449.99. They also located a Nintendo DS game worth $22.49 off of which the security tag was also removed. The woman left the store and could not immediately be located. Later that day police were called back to Target because the woman had been located and detained. She had a total of 17 items in a bag, worth $416.77. Store security also noticed that the dress the woman was wearing was stolen from Target. When police searched her vehicle they found 59 items stolen from Target worth $1,046.57. The 30-year-old man from Somerville was arrested on charges of larceny over $250, two counts of unlawful deactivation of a theft detection device and receiving stolen property over $250. The 27-year-old Somerville woman was arrested on charges of larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property over $250.

Sept. 22, 2:15 a.m.: Police went to the Arsenal on the Charles for a report of motor vehicle accident where the driver fled the scene. A witness saw a red Honda leaving the area, and police saw a car matching that description on the campus with no license plates. The plates were located nearby and police determined the owner of the vehicle. They also found a side mirror in a back alleyway. The driver was located on North Beacon Street and he had keys to the Honda. He also showed signs of intoxication and performed field sobriety tests. The 22-year-old Waltham man was arrested on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol – a second offense, leaving the scene of property damage and driving with a revoked license.

Sept. 23, 3 a.m.: A driver struck a parked car on Waverley Avenue and left the area. Police searched the area and found a vehicle on Gertrude Street with damage that matched the incident. A short time late they located the driver, who was walking on the sidewalk. The man showed signs of intoxication and he had an odor of alcohol on his breath. He admitted to drinking alcohol before driving. The 46-year-old Watertown man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol – a second offense and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.

Sept. 24, 2:45 p.m.: Police went to the home of a man whom they knew had a warrant for his arrest. The 60-year-old Watertown man was arrested on the warrant from Middlesex Superior Court for a probation violation.


Sept. 19, 4 a.m.: Firefighters and Police responded to Arlington Street for a fire alarm. Smoke was coming out of a closet on the third floor of the home. The heat source was determined to be light socket below the closet. The area was exposed and firefighters eliminated the hazard. There were no injuries and the residents were allowed to return to the home.

Sept. 20, 5:05 p.m.: A pizza grate was stolen from the back of a home on Morse Street. It was believed to be taken between Sept. 18 and Sept. 20, and is valued at $160.

Sept. 21, 9 a.m.: A North Beacon Street homeowner discovered someone had gone into his garage and taken two leaf blowers, a wet-dry vacuum, a chainsaw and multiple garden hand tools. There were no signs of forced entry.

Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m.: Someone broke into a garage on Beechwood Avenue and took two sets of golf clubs and an old tap and die set. The home was around the corner from the North Beacon Street home that had been broken into.

Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.: An employee of an oil company was servicing a furnace on Mt. Auburn Street and left his truck unattended from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. When he returned he realized a high efficiency coil was missing from the back of the truck that is worth $560.

Sept. 22, 4 p.m.: A Sterns Road resident received a call from a person saying that she had not paid her National Grid electric bill and her power would be turned off if she did not pay $760. She was told to purchase two prepaid debit cards worth $760 and call the person back and provide the information from the debit cards. When she called back the number it sounded like a real National Grid system. The woman realized there was something fishy and suspected it was not National Grid, but was a phone scam. Police advice residents that if have any question about a phone or email interaction asking for money they can call police at 617-972-6500.

Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m.: An owner of Joe’s Variety on Orchard Street discovered that the rear door of the business had been forced open. When he arrived, he also noticed that a motion sensor security light did not go on when he arrived in the morning and saw the light bulb had been loosened. The rear door was damaged, but nothing appeared to have been taken from the business.

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