Police Log: Customer Gets in Altercation for Not Wearing Mask, Man Caught Trying to Get into Cars

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


July 3, 6:35 a.m.: Police received reports of a man pulling on door handles on Westminster Avenue near Bemis Street. The witness saw the man pulling on a door handle of a Honda SUV, and then tried to get into the hatchback, but both were locked. Officers located a man fitting the suspect’s description. The man said he took a taxi to town to visit his sister, and said he thought the vehicle was his sister’s. However, he could not tell police in which city, street or house his sister lives. Police confirmed his sister did not live on Westminster Avenue and the 35-year-old South Wellfleet man was arrested for attempting to commit a crime (breaking and entering in the daytime).


June 29 4:40 p.m.: A small fire began on the second floor bathroom of a home on Frank Street. The Watertown Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, and there were no injuries. The fire appeared to have started in the bathroom ceiling fan.

June 30, 11:42 p.m.: A business keeps its fleet of vehicles in a lot on Watertown Street and an employee discovered that the catalytic converter had been cut out of a 1999 Ford van. The van had been parked in the lot since March, and the theft was discovered on June 25.

June 30, 10:16 p.m.: A CVS employee flagged down police because the store had received a complaint from a mother who said that a man had been filming or videotaping her teen-aged daughter. Police spoke to the woman, who said a man appeared to be following them through the store and it looked like he raised his phone and filmed her daughter. Officers also located the man, who said that he had been in the store to pick up something for his wife, and he was texting her about what products to purchase. He said he never noticed the woman and her daughter. Police reviewed the security footage and saw no evidence of criminal activity or anyone filming the woman and her daughter.

July 1, 1:30 p.m.: A Watertown resident reported that he received finished tax documents for himself, his wife and his daughter in the mail. When he opened the package, he found the W2 forms for all three people were missing. He also reported it to the U.S. Postal Service, which will investigate.

July 1, 6:23 p.m.: A Ralph Street resident discovered that the window on the backside of her home had been damaged. It appeared as if someone tried to get into the home through the window, but nothing inside was missing or disturbed. It did appear that the window’s safety latch was damaged, possibly by the window being forced open. The window was 10-15 feet off the ground, and police found a small step ladder in the back yard up against a fence. It is not clear whether it was used to try to gain entry through the window.

July 2, 8:04 p.m.: Liberty Mutual Insurance contacted a resident to inform him that someone opened two policies under his name. They were made using his name, address, driver’s license number and his vehicle’s VIN. The man told police that in December he was alerted that Honda had a data breach and he believes the fraudulent policies were relate to that. He did not lose any money, and Liberty Mutual is investigating.

July 3, 12:29 p.m.: The store manager at Stop & Shop at 171 Watertown St. reported a customer had pushed him after he was told that he had to wear a mask to come into the store. The manager said the customer began yelling and shoved him. The manager suffered a minor cut on his lower lip. Police contacted the customer, a 63-year-old Watertown man, who said he could not wear a mask because he had just had surgery on his left ear and the bandage prevented him from wearing a mask. He denied assaulting the manager. The manager did not want to pursue charges, but the store trespassed the man.

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