Police Log: Motorcycle & Multiple Bicycles Stolen, Evidence of Missing Packages Found Near River

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Arrests

Aug. 18, 6:43 a.m.: Police received a report of a man yelling, waving his arms and acting erratically on Cottage Street. Officers located a man fitting the description. He was holding a bottle of alcohol, which he discarded when he spotted police officers. When they spoke with the man and got his ID, officers discovered he had outstanding arrest warrants in his name. William Linarte, 24, of Watertown, was arrested on three warrants out of Boston District Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.

Incidents

Aug. 17, 6:40 p.m.: A Charles River Road resident was expecting some packages from Amazon to be delivered. She received notification that they had been delivered but when she checked they were not there. While on a walk near the Charles River, the resident found two empty packages that were addressed to her. The packages had contained a watch screen protector, a bedsheet, and an audio cable. They were worth a total of $40.

Aug. 17, 7:49 p.m.: A car came into Belmont Auto Service and filled up the tank with gas. The driver handed the attendant a Zipcar gas credit card, and said to charge the $31 to the card. When the card was being processed the vehicle left the gas station. The card did not go through. The employee was able to get a license plate from the vehicle, which police identified as belonging to Avis rental car. When police spoke with the company they found out it had been rented in East Boston, but was never returned and was reported stolen. Police are trying to identify the driver, but did not receive a good description.

Aug. 18, 8:29 a.m.: A bicycle was stolen off the front porch of a home on Copeland Street. The owner said it was taken sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. The bike is a gray Specialized Sirrus mountain bike valued at $950. It had been left inside an enclosed porch.

Aug. 18, 9:07 a.m.: A Gilbert Street resident parked his vehicle in the driveway the previous night at about 7:30 p.m. and when he came out the next morning he found the driver-side rear window had been smashed. Nothing was missing and it does not appear that anyone entered the vehicle.

Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.: A bicycle was stolen from the bike locker at The Gables apartments on Arsenal Street. The owner went into the bicycle room on Aug. 14 to get his bike but it was missing. He found the lock in the room and it had been cut. He is not sure when it was stolen. The last time he saw the blue and gray Trek 1.1 bike with clipped pedals was in November 2020. It is worth $700.

Aug. 18, 10:56 a.m.: A resident got an email from a friend who was out of town asking her to purchase gift cards. The email asked her to buy $500 in Google Play cards, and she did so at Star Market in Cambridge. She sent back the serial numbers by email. Later she learned her friend’s email had been compromised and the message was sent by someone posing as her friend.

Aug. 19, 10:41 p.m.: A resident of Hamilton Place apartments on Main Street ordered a Celtic handbag from a place called Creative Irish Gifts on Aug. 3, but she never received it. She called the company, which said it had been delivered on Aug. 9. She could not locate the package. The resident notified the building management, which is trying to help her locate the bag. The bag is worth $216.25.

Aug. 20, 7:18 a.m.: Two bicycles were taken from the Residence Inn by Marriott on Arsenal Street. The owner said she locked the bikes under the carport at the hotel. She last saw the bikes on Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. The next morning, She found the locks had been removed and the bikes were gone. The bikes were a vintage red Peugeot worth about $400, and a white Trek worth about $800.

Aug. 21, 8:42 a.m.: A woman parked her Toyota RAV4 on Sycamore Street and when she came out the next morning she noticed the driver side door was open. The center console and glove box were open, and the contents were thrown around the car. The owner discovered that $600 in cash was taken. It appears the vehicle had been left unlocked.

Aug. 23, 8:02 a.m.: A Carey Avenue resident reported that his motorcycle had gone missing. He last saw his 2021 Kawasaki ZR900 on Aug. 22 at about 2 p.m. He had parked the bike in the parking lot at his apartment complex. It is valued at $10,000.

2 thoughts on “Police Log: Motorcycle & Multiple Bicycles Stolen, Evidence of Missing Packages Found Near River

  1. Lots of crime in Watertown.

    It’s becoming famous for that, or is it infamous?

    Obviously the word is out among criminals that Watertown is an easy target, and no one seems to care.

    Town Council gone fishin’ or just incompetent?

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