Police Log: Driver Knocks Rider Off Scooter, ATM Card Used After Woman Passes Away

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Aug. 27, 2:15 a.m.: A vehicle struck a parked car on Prescott Street. Police responded and found one car partially on the street and partially on the sidewalk. The driver of the vehicle had driven into a driveway and struck the car parked there. When police checked the man’s record they found that he did not have a valid driver’s license. The 37-year-old Watertown man was arrested for unlicensed driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Aug. 29, 2:40 a.m.: A man who was wanted on warrants came to the Police Station to turn himself in. The 29-year-old Waltham man was arrested on two warrants from Concord District Court for traffic offenses.

Aug. 29, 1:44 p.m.: An officer patrolling on Lexington Street spotted a man who he knew was wanted on a warrant. The 31-yea-old Waltham man was arrested on a warrant from Brockton District Court for uttering a false promissory note and larceny under $1,200.

Aug. 31, 9:38 p.m.: Two cars were involved in a minor motor vehicle accident and when police spoke to the drivers one of them showed signs of intoxication. The woman had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and she said she did not realize she had been in an accident. The driver of the other car said the vehicle had been sideswiped, and had damage consistent with that. The woman admitted to drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel and failed three field sobriety tests. The 58-year-old Milford woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sept. 1, 7:27 p.m.: An officer patrolling near Coolidge Square saw two scooters traveling down Mt. Auburn Street and then heard a commotion coming from the direction in which they were headed. The officer headed toward the area and saw a blue Toyota head through the intersection at Arlington Street at a high rate of speed and run a red light. The Toyota caught up to the scooters and swerved across the road, striking one of the scooters and knocking the rider to the ground. The officer called for an ambulance and for more police assistance. The officer tried to pull the Toyota over, but the driver would not stop. The vehicle turned onto Belmont Street and stopped on Cushing Street in Cambridge. The driver said he was involved in a road rage incident after one of the scooters swerved into his path and the rider punched the car’s side mirror. He said when he swerved at the scooters he did not mean to hit the scooter, he just wanted to scare them. When officers went to the area where the scooter driver fell over, no one was there. The driver of the Toyota, a 38-year-old Belmont man, was arrested on charges of failing to stop for police, failing to stop and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Sept. 2, 2:51 a.m.: An officer going by Moxley Field spotted four people hanging out on a bench near the field house. The officer went to check on them because of the time of day. He found four people with open alcohol containers and some empty cans. There was a 22 year old male, a 20-year-old male, an 18-year-old male and an 18-year-old female. The 22-year-old had purchased the alcohol for the four of them, and he also had a crossbow in his backpack. The Cha-Chang Liu crossbow with a pistol grip did not work. The 22-year-old Watertown man was arrested for delivering alcohol to a person under 21 and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Sept. 2, 8 p.m.: A woman went into Target and security saw her acting suspiciously. They followed her on video surveillance and she took several items of clothing, put them into bags and tried to exit the store without paying for them. The 27-year-old Waltham woman was arrested on a charge of shoplifting.


Aug. 27, 6:20 p.m.: A Sycamore Street resident reported that a grill, a propane tank and a fire pit were missing. They went missing sometime after 8 p.m. on Aug. 26. The man was moving and did not realize they were missing. They are worth a combined $394.

Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m.: Police responded to a hit-and-run accident on Summer Street at Spring Street. While the officer was speaking with the driver a witness came up and gave them a license plate that had fallen off the other car. The driver that was struck complained of some neck pain but did not want a medical evaluation. About 10 minutes later the other vehicle turned up at the scene. The driver had reached his destination and realized his license plate was missing. The driver was summonsed to Waltham District Court on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident with a personal injury.

Aug. 29, 11:53 a.m.: A Watertown resident was contacted by a man from Texas who was interested in purchasing some of the resident’s artwork for $1,800. The buyer sent a check for $3,000 and the resident talked to the buyer and agreed to send a money order back for $1,200. Later, the person was contacted by the bank which informed the person that the original $3,000 check was fraudulent.

Aug. 29, 3:44 p.m.: Security at Target spotted a woman on two occasions come into the store take items. On Aug. 14 she took a vacuum off the display and a SodaStream maker and went into the bathroom. She then left without paying for the items worth $429.98. On Aug. 2o she came and took clothing, two pieces of music merchandise, and a vacuum. She left without paying for $581.95 in merchandise. On the 20th, security got a license plate. Police contacted the woman by phone, who denied taking the items. The 71-year-old Brookline woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court on two counts of larceny under $1,200.

Aug. 31, 12 p.m.: A man came to report that his girlfriend’s ATM card had been used fraudulently. The 60-year-old woman passed away on Aug. 10 and had been under hospice care. On the 31st the man was closing her accounts when he saw some withdrawals: one on the day before she died, one on the day of her death and two more on days after she had passed. The total amount of the withdrawals was $900. The man recalled that her ATM card had the PIN taped to the back of it. The man contacted the bank and the hospice care company, which is cooperating with the investigation.

Aug. 31, 2:23 p.m.: A resident tried to purchase a pair of Pearl Jam tickets for $600, and got a text from the seller showing a driver’s license of a man from Wayland. The resident transferred the money electronically to a Wells Fargo account, but after sending the money the seller’s email and cellphone number were shut off. The resident went to the address on the driver’s license and the person said he had been the victim of ID fraud a year ago after his wallet was stolen.

Aug. 31, 6:34 p.m.: The managers of a Main Street apartment building reported that one of its units had sustained an estimated $5,000 in damages. There were holes in the walls, the bathroom cabinet doors were off their hinges, kitchen cabinet doors were off their hinges, the mirror was smashed, closet door was off its hinges, and there were slashes and markings on the walls. The former tenant admitted to causing the damage. He said he was upset about being evicted and was having a bad day. The 36-year-old Watertown man was summonsed to Waltham District Court for malicious destruction of property over $1,200.

Sept. 1, 3:21 p.m.: Athenahealth reported that someone had stolen flowers from the Arsenal on the Charles property. Security watching surveillance video saw a middle aged woman on a bike stop by a planter, takes some flowers, put them in the basket on the front of her bike and ride off. She also appeared to have taken vegetables from the Athenahealth garden. The woman wore blue pants, a red short-sleeved shirt, a white bicycle helmet and a pink backpack. The bike was teal colored.

Sept. 2, 4 p.m.: A man took an Uber and had the driver plug his iPhone in so it would recharge. After he was dropped off the man realized he had left his phone in the car. He called the phone and spoke with the driver who said he would bring it back to him. After waiting an hour the driver had not dropped it off, so he tried to call the phone again but it was shut off. A few hours later, with the phone still missing, the man called police. The driver was contacted by police. He said that he returned the phone to the place where he dropped the man off, not his home, but police determined that was not true. He then said he did not have the phone. The 34-year-old Franklin man was summonsed to Waltham District Court for larceny under $1,200.

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2 thoughts on “Police Log: Driver Knocks Rider Off Scooter, ATM Card Used After Woman Passes Away

  1. The driver was in the wrong, but God help us all if these ride share electric scooters ever become legal to operate in this state. Boston, Cambridge and Somerville were wise
    to boot them out.

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