Police Log: Online Car Purchase Goes Wrong, Threats Made to Tufts Employee

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


May 16, 9:51 p.m.: An officer pulled a over vehicle on Mt. Auburn Street after the driver failed to use a turn signal. When the officer checked the driver’s record it revealed the driver had an out-of-state warrant. The 27-year-old Watertown man was arrested of the fugitive from justice warrant for a charge from Nebraska in a domestic-related incident.


May 14, 3:20 p.m.: A Prospect Street resident went to open his windows and noticed that someone had cut small holes in the screen near the window locks. He found the holes on two windows on the first floor, and then checked another two on the other side of the house and found similar holes. No one gained entry to the house and it is not clear when the holes were made, but it was sometime over the last six months.

May 15, 7:48 p.m.: A woman came into Target and was seen taking clothing off the shelf and putting the items into her purse. She tried to walk past the registers without paying for the items, but security stopped her. The items were worth $91.91. The 20-year-old Watertown woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court on the charge of shoplifting under $100.

May 16, 6:10 p.m.: Members of Watertown Youth Lacrosse found that someone had damaged two goals at O’Connell Field, the field next to Hosmer School. Someone folded the metal frames and cracked the frames. The last time they were seen intact was on May 14. They will cost $500 to replace.

May 18, 2 p.m.: A worker at Tufts Health Plan reported being threatened by a customer. Police spoke to Tufts security who said a member services representative was speaking to a customer on the telephone who was upset about the services he was receiving. The man threatened to vandalize the Tufts building and to harm the member services representative. Police were able to identify the customer and a summons to Waltham District Court was obtained for a 36-year-old Somerville man for two counts of threats to commit a crime.

May 19, 11:50 a.m.: A resident came to the Police Station saying that he believed he had been scammed. The 36-year-old Watertown man had contacted someone selling a vehicle on Craigslist.com. The person selling the vehicle told the man to wire $11,250 to a bank in San Jose, Calif. After doing so, the man found that the seller’s phone number and email address no longer worked. Police contacted two banks in California, but officials said the transfer did not go to their banks. The man contacted his bank and tried to have the transfer stopped, but was unable to do so. The bank is investigating the incident.

May 19, 12:20 p.m.: A man on Oakland Street noticed a group of people in the street and then saw one man walk over to a neighbor’s car, kneel down and then continued to walk down the street. The resident went out to look at the car and saw that two tires had been slashed. The suspect is described as a tall, thinly built African-American man who wore red pants and a white or gray hoody.

One thought on “Police Log: Online Car Purchase Goes Wrong, Threats Made to Tufts Employee

  1. I’ve been trying to buy a used car recently and the scam that man ran into is rampant. Basically any car that seems like a good deal they say they are out of state and to wire them the money. Unfortunately people actually fall for it, as this guy did, so the scammers will keep doing it.

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