Police Log: Pair Caught Taking Several Power Tools, Police Break Up Fight

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Nov. 26, 5:54 p.m.: Security at Home Depot spotted a man and woman in the store and the man was known as a chronic shoplifter. The pair went to the power tool section of the store and took items out of their packaging and placed some in the carriage pushed by the woman and the man hid some in his clothing. The man had three Milwaukee Drills on him. His girlfriend had three DeWalt drill kits, a Milwaukee cordless drill and a Milwaukee router. The items were worth a total of $1,494. When booking the man, police found a Class E drug on him and discovered he had several warrants. The 30-year-old Providence man was arrested for larceny over $1,200, possession of a Class E Drug, conspiracy to commit a crime, and six warrants: one Stoughton District Court for shoplifting and trespassing; a second from Brockton District Court for traffic violations; the third from Lowell District Court for larceny under $1,200; one from Dedham District Court for larceny under $1,200, trespassing, and unlawful removal of an anti-theft device; one from Fall River District Court for traffic offenses; and the sixth from Springfield District Court for shoplifting over $250. The woman, a 30-year-old Providence resident, was summonsed to Waltham District Court for larceny over $1,200 and conspiring to commit a crime.

Nov. 26, 6:09 p.m.: Two vehicles were involved in an accident on Mt. Auburn Street near Common Street. The vehicle that rear ended the other drove away, but two witnesses saw what happened and got the car’s license plate. Two people in the vehicle that was struck were taken to hospital to be checked out. Police identified the owner of the vehicle that left the scene and called him. The man was visiting a person on Nichols Avenue. The officer who met him detected an odor of alcohol. and the man said he had consumed alcohol before driving. He failed four field sobriety tests. Before towing the vehicle, police looked inside and found a vodka nip bottle in the center console and a bottle of vodka in the driver side door, and both were open. The 40-year-old Walpole man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, driving with an open container of alcohol, and operating left of center.

Nov. 28, 5:25 a.m.: A vehicle struck a telephone pole at the intersection of Common and Orchard streets. When police arrived, the vehicle was facing northbound in the southbound lane. The driver was not injured but showed signs of intoxication. He told police he had consumed three to four drinks of vodka before driving. The man refused to do field sobriety tests. Based on all the evidence, police placed the 32-year-old Newton man under arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a second offense, and was cited for marked lanes violation.

Nov. 29, 9:03 p.m.: An officer patrolling westbound on Main Street spotted to vehicles going eastbound with one following very closely behind the other. The officer turned around and followed them. When the two cars stopped at a red light the driver of the car tailgating the other one got out of the vehicle and yelled at the other driver. After the light turned green the man continued yelling. Then the man got into his car and ran a red light. The officer stopped the vehicle on Mt. Auburn Street and observed signs of intoxication. The man had a strong odor of alcohol and said he had consumed alcohol before driving and police found an empty beer bottle and a 3/4 full bottle for Johnny Walker in the passenger compartment. The driver failed five field sobriety tests. The 25-year-old Brighton man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, unlicensed driving, a red light violation and driving with and open container of alcohol.

Nov. 30, 5:24 p.m.: Police spotted a man driving near the intersection of Main and Lexington streets who was known to have a suspended license. The vehicle was stopped and the 52-year-old Newton man was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, a subsequent offense.


Nov. 25, 6:18 p.m.: A woman came to the Police Station to report fraudulent activity on her credit card. She had received a new card, but never took it out of the envelope. Then she discovered a charge of $968 was made with the card in Fair Oaks, Va.

Nov. 27, 8:22 a.m.: A woman reported a case of vandalism in the parking lot of Russo’s Market. She had been searching for a parking spot and got into an argument with another driver. Both vehicles were able to find spots, and the woman went into shop. When she came out, she saw a fresh scratch on the passenger side of her Tesla. She gave a description of the suspect to police, and an officer was able to determine the owner of the other vehicle. The suspect was located on Gilbert Street, and admitted to scratching the car. The 68-year-old Watertown woman was summonsed to Waltham District Court for malicious destruction of property over $1,200.

Nov. 27, 2:42 p.m.: A King Street resident reported that a package had been stolen. The item was delivered on Nov. 26 by FedEx, but it was gone when the homeowner came home. The package contained a $40 order from Yankee Candle.

Nov. 28, 12:26 a.m.: An officer driving on Arsenal Street near Arlington Street spotted two men who appeared to be fighting. The officer stopped and was able to break up the altercation. The men said they were friends and had gotten into an argument about a woman but did not give details. Both men were advised by police that they could seek charges at Waltham District Court.

Nov. 30, 2 p.m.: A woman reported that she had been the victim of a scam. She received a phone call while using her computer and the caller said that her computer had been hacked. She was told it could be fixed if she sent $2,500 in gift cards to the caller. The resident went to Walgreens in Waltham to purchase the gift cards, and then sent the serial numbers to the caller. Later she realized she had been scammed and told police. The number used by the caller had been spoofed, so police could not trace it.

Nov. 30, 3:46 p.m.: A woman moving to the area from Virginia had rented an apartment on Hillside Road through a Craigslist ad. When she arrived with the moving truck she was met by the current residents of the the apartment, who were there legally and had no idea the place had been advertised for rent. The woman had sent an e-check for $2,650 to the person who placed the ad. When she realized it was a scam she contacted her bank and they were able to put a hold on the check.

Dec. 1, 10:42 a.m.: A Westminster Avenue resident realized that a package had been stolen. She received confirmation that it had been delivered. She has a security camera, and it showed what appeared to be two male juveniles wearing hooded sweatshirts take the package, which contained four placemats worth $25.

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