Police Log: Man Who Broke Into Gas Station Identified, Police Catch Shoplifter

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

There were no arrests this week.


March 23, 3:42 p.m.: A shoplifter was seen at Home Depot taking merchandise. He was known to security from previous shoplifting incidents and this time he was seen putting power tools in a large tote bag and leave without paying. He took a Milwaukee impact driver kit worth $169 and a Milwaukee Sawzall that cost $249. He had also been trespassed from the Watertown store and all Home Depot stores. He fled in a black SUV. Police summonsed the 56-year-old Roxbury man for shoplifting by concealing merchandise and trespassing.

March 25, 12:18 p.m.: A Waltham Street resident reported his bike had been stolen. The Secca courier-style bike is stored in front yard and was there at midnight on March 25, but at 9 a.m. on he discovered it missing. The bicycle is valued at $250.

March 25, 1:23 p.m.: Two bicycles were stolen from a Waltham Street home. Home surveillance footage shows two males entered her driveway at about 2:50 a.m. and took two children’s bicycles. The two suspects were dressed in light colored hooded sweatshirts and light colored sweatpants. Both wearing hoods. One bike is valued $150 and the other $125.

March 25, 5:57 p.m.: An officer on patrol observed vandalism on the Moxley Field field house. The front wall and benches had fresh green and black spray paint on them with letters the phrase, Smile … UR Beautiful. The letters were about two feet tall.

March 25, 6:55 p.m.: A Jewett Street resident reported a disturbance when a man driving a black pickup truck was screaming and acting erratically toward a neighbor of the caller. The neighbor heard the commotion and heard the driver yell “I’ll be back,” and sped off. The neighbor got the license place. and police were able to identify driver. An officers spoke with the neighbor at whom the aggression made. He said it was over a dispute for payment for tree removal previously done at the neighbors house. Police also spoke with the the driver of the pickup, who said there was a matter pending in civil court.

March 27, 4:13 p.m.: A Tufts Health Plan employee was threatened by a customer who called the company. The 60-year-old man from Revere was upset because he needed of a specific medical apparatus after having open heart surgery, and Tufts unable to provide that piece of equipment. He was told there would be a 90-day waiting period. Police spoke to person who was upset about what he considered a lack of service. No charges filed.

March 28, 6:58 a.m.: Police went to a gas station on Mt. Auburn Street in Coolidge Square for breaking and entering. An employee arrived at work and noticed the glass in the front door was broken. When he went inside the employee found drawer to cash register ajar. Nothing else held has been disturbed or taken. An undisclosed amount of cash taken. While checking the area, employees noticed a window in the rear of the building was broken, which is believed to be related to the break in. Detectives investigated and identified a suspect. Police located a person and a summons was requested for a 39-year-old man from Melendy Avenue on two counts of malicious destruction of property under $1,200 and breaking and entering in the nighttime. 

March 28, 7:37 a.m.: A Watertown resident reported that she was missing three checkbooks and believes someone took it after breaking into her vehicle. She believes it may have taken place when she was parked in front of the East End post office on March 27 from 5:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. She said her vehicle was locked and nothing else appeared to be missing. There were no signs of forced entry, and to date none of the checks have been used.

March 28, 3:19 p.m.: A Waverley Avenue resident reported that a package containing $80 of creams was missing. She confirmed it had been delivered on March 27 at 10:55 a.m. but when went to retrieve the package was not there.

March 28, 6:40 p.m.: Loss prevention at Target spotted a shoplifter who fled the store. A man placed several items — air buds, an electric shaver and nail polish worth $91.04 — into his jacket and left without paying. Security was able to provide a physical description of a suspect, who left on a bicycle. The suspect was stopped by police on Wells Avenue and a member of Target security went to the location and positively identified the man. The 32-year-old Watertown man was summonsed for shoplifter.

March 29, 7:38 a.m.: A Chandler Street resident said her car was broken into while parked in her driveway. The incident occurred sometime overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The car was left unlocked and a pocket book was taken. The car had been ransacked and taken out of the purse was the woman’s driver’s license, bank card and personal papers.

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