Police Log: Bikes Stolen from Storage Area, Attempted Scam Involving Dog for Sale

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department:




For the second week in a row, the Watertown Police Department received 17 reports of attempted unemployment scams. The residents said they had not applied for unemployment benefits but received a letter about getting benefits. 

June 8, 10:02 a.m.: Two bicycles were reported stolen from Tufts Health Plan. Security looked at security footage which showed two people go into the Tufts parking garage on Grove Street, went to the locked bicycle storage area and one of the people climbed over the fence around the bike storage. The person pressed a self-release button and left with two bikes. The two were seen bicycling on Mt. Auburn Street three minutes later. Both suspects were described as younger white males, one had grey pants, a black shirt white sneakers and a backpack. The other wearing black pants and blue shirt. Both bikes are mountain bikes, one pink and one blue. Each was valued at $100.

June 8, 12:29 p.m.: A North Beacon Street resident left his home on June 7 at 11 a.m. and when he came back, at about noon on June 8, his bicycle was missing from his garage. The garage door was open when they bike was taken. The bike is valued at $400 and was described as a black hybrid Trek bike, with black foot clips and neon green cables.

June 8, 5:03 p.m.: A Watertown resident found a French bulldog for sale online. He was asked to send $1,000 through the Zelle app to the seller. On the day when the dog was supposed to be delivered the resident received a last minute request for an additional $1,500. The resident contacted his bank and put a hold on all the payments. He never received the dog, but it appears the payments were stopped.

June 12, 6:04 p.m.: A dumpster caught fire on Robert Ford Road. Watertown Firefighters and Police responded and found flames and black smoke coming from a dumpster. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze without injuries or serious damage. The fire appears to be accidental, according to the Fire Department. The estimated damage was $500.

June 13, 4:43 p.m.: A resident had ordered a treadmill through Amazon in May, and when he went to check on the status she Googled an email address associated with the transaction. When she sent a message to the email he received a message back with phone number. He called and the person said that he should provide his Social Security Number so the person could verify her account. The person gave the information and was then told to purchase $2,000 in gift cards from Target. The resident said he only had $53, and was told to use it to buy a Game Stop gift card and send a photo of the gift card.

June 14, 3 p.m.: A resident reported that someone took the BMW ornaments off of the hood and trunk of the 1999 BMW sedan. The man parks on Nichols Avenue every night and sometime between June 13 and June 14 his vehicle was damaged. The cost of the missing property was $100.

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