Police Log: Contractor Scams Resident for $68K, Employee Caught Keying Car

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Oct. 11, 8:45 a.m.: Maynard Police contacted Watertown Police to say a woman wanted on a charges of violating a harassment order in Maynard was in Watertown. Police located the woman at Main Street and Myrtle Street and arrested her. The 28-year-old Watertown woman was brought to the Watertown Police Station where Maynard Police took her into custody.

Oct. 14, 7:26 p.m.: An officer patrolling on Mt. Auburn Street in Coolidge Square spotted a car driving at night with no tail lights on. The car was stopped and the officer detected an odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath as well as observing other signs of intoxication. The driver admitted to consuming alcohol before driving. He took five field sobriety tests and failed them all. The 34-year-old Watertown man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and was citied for driving without his lights on and not having his license in possession while driving.


Oct. 10, 5:15 p.m.: An employee at the Mosesian Center for the Arts discovered a stain on the carpet in the lobby of the building. When reviewing surveillance tapes the employee spotted a person come in at 1:10 p.m. and deliberately pouring an unknown substance out of a bottle onto the carpet. The person immediately left the building afterward. The damage is estimated at $100.

Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.: A Watertown woman reported that she had been scammed by a construction contractor. She hired Avalon Contracting Services to tear down a home in Newton and install a modular home on the property. She hired the man and met him in Watertown to give him a deposit for the work of $68,000. The money was supposed to cover down payment on mobilization costs, downpayment on the modular home, hiring subcontractors, making floor plans and taking out permits. The house was torn down in May, leaving only a hole in the ground, and nothing has been done since then. After getting excuse after excuse from the contractor, the resident researched the contractor and found that he previously owned another contracting company called Blue Chip Corp. that had been taken to court 26 times for fraudulent work, and his contracting license had been revoked and the company was shut down. She also found he never hired a subcontractor, no floor plans had been drafted and the modular home was never ordered. The City of Newton said that the only permit he had applied for was a demolition permit, which was submitted but never approved. Watertown Police requested a court summons for a 52-year-old man from Seabrook, N.H., for larceny over $250 by false pretenses.

Oct. 12, 6:25 a.m.: An employee at Firestone Tires on Arsenal Street discovered the rear garage door had been shattered. It did not appear anyone had entered the building and nothing was missing.

Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.: A landscaper was doing work at a home on Orchard Street when a window at the home was broken. No one saw the window break, but the homeowner believes it could have been broken by something thrown by a juvenile at the playground next door. In the past, the homeowner found bottles, rocks and other debris thrown over the fence. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m.: A vehicle parked on Elm Street had its driver’s side window broken out. The owner parked it at 7 a.m. and came back out at 5:30 p.m. Nothing was missing, and the incident may have been vandalism.

Oct. 14, 9:15 a.m.: Police were called to a business on Mt. Auburn Street for a vehicle that had been vandalized. The owner parked it in from of the business in the early morning and when the person came back it had several scratches on the driver’s side of the vehicle and the front bumper. The employee checked the surveillance video and it showed another employee making the scratches between 2:31 p.m. and 2:35 p.m. The two had a minor argument during the day. Police interviewed the suspect and they believe the other employee had done it. A 66-year-old woman from Watertown was summonsed to Waltham District Court for malicious destruction of property.

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