The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.
May 26 , 11:33 a.m.: Police received a call from a UPS employee about a suspicious situation with a package. The package was suspected to be involved in an incident in which an 85-year-old Florida woman had been scammed by someone saying her granddaughter needed to be bailed out of jail because she was involved in a drunk driving accident that killed a child. The woman’s granddaughter had not been arrested and heard her grandmother talking to the scammer, who had asked her to send $1,000 in cash to an address in Massachusetts. The package was one of 12 containing a total of $150,000 sent between May 6 to 25. She called UPS to stop delivery of the package. The package had arrived at the Watertown facility and it was kept there. UPS employees got suspicious when a man twice tried to pick up the package. The third time he attempted to get the package, UPS called Watertown Police. As officers approached the man they saw him on his phone speaking on Facetime with four other people, with one giving him instructions. After Police spoke with the suspect they believed he is involved in the scam. The man, Angel Figuereo, 22 of Boston, was arrested on a charge of larceny over $250 by false pretense. “It was really heads-up work by UPS to figure out what’s going on and calling police,” said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. “And a really good example of teamwork between the Police Department and UPS security.” Watertown Police are working with Marion County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Department on the case.
May 25, 1:01 p.m.: The owner of Stan’s Auto on Galen Street reported that someone broke into a car. The vehicle had been parked there on May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during that time someone entered the vehicle and took several personal checks, some bank deposit slips and cash. The vehicle had been left unlocked.
May 26, 5:31 p.m.: A woman from Watertown reported that she received a phone call from an Apple employee who said that he wanted to update her Apple ID information and enter a new credit card into her account. The woman did not provide the information, but she later received an email from Apple stating that her ID had been updated. She called her bank to make sure there were no transactions and found someone had purchased eight e-gift cards for a total of $1,428.84. She was able to cancel the transactions.
May 27, 11:08 a.m.: A Watertown man received a text from PayPal claiming he made a charge of $499.99, but he had not made the charge. He called the number associated with the text message and the person who answered said a total of $15,000 had been charged to his Capital One card. In order to get refunded, the man said the resident had to buy $15,000 in gift cards. The man bought $2,000 in gift cards and provided the information to the suspect. Afterward, he contacted police who tried to call the phone number, but got a message saying it had been permanently disconnected.
May 27, 1:49 p.m.: An alcohol order was made on the Drizly app from Dion’s, and a delivery was made to a home on Pine Street. The driver left the delivery in front of the home and a short time later someone came from the street and took the alcohol off the front steps. The $246 order was made using the resident’s credit card, but the order was not made by the resident. Police are seeking information on the suspect (see the video below).
May 28, 6 p.m.: The spare tire cover from a Jeep was stolen. The vehicle was parked at Bell Watertown Apartments on Woodview Way. The theft occurred between May 26 and May 28. Police are investigating. The nylon cover is worth $25.
May 29, 11 p.m.: Two bikes were stolen from Arsenal Yards. Two teens locked up their bikes near the Majestic 7 movie theater parking lot at about 9 p.m. and when they returned at 11 p.m they were gone. One is a red and black Specialized-brand bike valued at $400, and the other one is a green and black Giant-brand bike worth $400. Police are investigating.
May 30, 9:28 p.m.: Police responded to the garage at Arsenal Yards for a theft from a vehicle. The Mazda sedan was parked at 7 p.m. and when the owner came back at 9 p.m. she noticed that items were on her seat and her purse was missing. The purse contained four credit cards, a driver’s license and a health insurance card. The car was left unlocked and police are investigating.