Police Log: Man Caught After Hit-and-Run Accident, Wallet Stolen & Credit Cards Used

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Dec. 5, 11:10 a.m.: A woman was seen in Target placing items into shopping bags in a carriage and then took a jacket off the shelf and put it on. The woman then tried to walk out of the store without paying. She had a total of $306.37 in merchandise. Target security had seen the woman taking items from the store in February. That time she also placed items in a cart and walked out with $239.67 in items. The 53-year-old Boston woman was arrested on charges of larceny over $250 and shoplifting over $100.

Dec. 8, 11:35 p.m.: An officer spotted a Mercedes stopped at the light at the Watertown Square intersection on Arsenal Street and its hazard lights were flashing. Then the vehicle drove through the intersection at 5 to 10 mph, against the light. The car was nearly struck twice by vehicles with the right of way. Then the vehicle turned onto Spring Street and sped up quickly. The officer followed and pulled the driver over near the municipal parking lot. The man behind the wheel admitted to consuming alcohol before driving. He failed five field sobriety tests and the officer determined the man was driving impaired. Police also found an open bottle of vodka inside the vehicle. The 49-year-old Waltham man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and was cited for a red light violation.


Dec. 4, 4 p.m.: A School Street resident ordered several items online and after a few weeks nothing had arrived. The resident called the company and found out the delivery had been made on Nov. 30 by UPS. The package contained a total of $131.29 in purchases, including travel mugs, travel bags, cosmetics and a blanket.

Dec. 4, 6:35 p.m.: A vehicle parked in the garage at The Gables apartments was damaged. The 2012 Toyota Camry had scratches on it that looked like the vehicle had been keyed. The damage was discovered on Nov. 27, but it is not clear when it happened. The damage cost an estimated $400 to repair.

Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m.: A resident ordered three watches through Amazon and he never received them. Amazon confirmed that the package had been delivered to the home on Whites Avenue on Dec. 3. The watches were worth a total of $240.

Dec. 10, 3:15 p.m.: A man discovered his car had been broken into while it was  parked at GymIt on Arlington Street. A wallet and cigarettes were taken. The wallet contained credit cards and the man discovered the credit cards had been used at two locations in Watertown for about $220 and a third attempt was denied. Also, an online purchase was attempted but it was unsuccessful. Police are investigating.

Dec. 10, 4:15 p.m.: An officer was flagged down by a woman who had been involved in a hit-and-run accident on Arsenal Street. A vehicle rear ended the woman’s car near the intersection of Arsenal and Taylor streets and a man got out of the car and said, “This is nothing. Nothing happened. It’s nothing.” Then he backed his car up and sped away. The woman got a photo of the other car’s license plate and a description of the man, which she gave to police. Police tracked the vehicle to Olcott Street and the vehicle’s owner matched the description. He denied being involved in the accident, however his vehicle had damage consistent with the accident. Based on the evidence, police believe the man was involved. The 37-year-old Watertown man was summonsed to Waltham District Court for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving property damage.

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