Police Log: 2 Face Charges After Road Rage Incident, Former Employee Stole From Target

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Arrests

None

Incidents

Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m.: A resident parked on Marshall Street at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 and when he came back at 9 a.m. on the 24th he noticed the 2021 Toyota Sequoia had been broken into. The resident believed the vehicle had been left unlocked. The man said $3,700 was missing from the center console. The glove box was also opened and the contents were strewn around the vehicle.

Aug. 24, 4:17 p.m.: A Holly Street resident reported that her vehicle had been entered overnight. The 2019 Subaru Forester was parked in the driveway and had been left unlocked. At about 6:30 a.m. she discovered the driver’s door was slightly ajar, and the center console and glove box were open and the contents were taken out. Nothing of value was missing.

Aug. 24, 4:30 p.m.: Target security caught a former employee taking several gift cards. The employee had been terminated from her job at the Cambridge Target store on Aug. 13. The same day, she came into the Watertown Target at about 1 p.m. wearing her uniform and took six Visa gift cards worth a total of $636. She activated them in two transactions using her credentials. Her actions were caught on security video. The 18-year-old woman from Boston was summoned to Waltham District Court on a charge of larceny under $1,200.

Aug. 26, 10 p.m.: A woman who works at an apartment building on Arsenal Street reported that her iPhone was taken from the management office. The phone went missing between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is worth $1,000.

Aug. 27, 7:30 a.m.: Two men were spotted leaving the Target parking lot with a load of items taken from the store. An employee observed a man pushing a flatbed shopping cart with merchandise on it for which he had not paid. The employee asked the man for a receipt but the man kept on walking out of the store. He went to a vehicle where another man was waiting and the two men loaded the item into the vehicle before driving away. The suspects are described as older African-American men and the vehicle may have been a gray Chevy hatchback. Store security is trying to figure out what was taken.

Aug. 28, 12:23 p.m.: Police went to Galen Street and Aldridge Road where a road rage incident had occurred. The driver said she was stopped in traffic in Watertown Square when the vehicle behind her began honking at her. The other car then pulled alongside, stopped, and the woman driving got out and began yelling obscenities and hit the rear passenger side window. The victim’s two 8-year-0ld twins were in the back seat at the time. The two drivers exchanged words and then the man who was sitting in the other vehicle got out and began shouting, too. Then he threw a can of Red Bull inside the victim’s car, and it struck her in the head. The other car left the area. The victim was not injured and the children were startled but unharmed. When police arrived, they saw the can of Red Bull, and liquid splattered on the interior and exterior of the car. Police were able to identify the other driver, and when they spoke to her she admitted to getting into a verbal exchange with the victim. The man who threw the can was also identified. The woman who drove the other car, a 20-year-old from Watertown, was summoned to Waltham District Court on charges of threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct. The man, a 22-year-old Newton resident, was summoned to court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

10 thoughts on “Police Log: 2 Face Charges After Road Rage Incident, Former Employee Stole From Target

  1. Watertown continues to be the target of car-breakins.

    Obviously, the word is out among criminals that Watertown is an easy score because no one cares, particularly the Town Council and police.

    Is anything being done about this, or is the strategy simply to sweep up the broken glass and tell the victims to file insurance claims on the stolen items (assuming they are even covered by insurance)?

    Hey, who cares about crime? The criminals are probably poor, and they’re just practicing a bit of “social justice” against the affluent people of Watertown.

    • Yeah I am sure the car thieves do sociological research before deciding where to steal. The whole premise of your “argument” is laughable.

    • People need to be smart and not leave stuff in unlocked cars. I’d be too embarrassed to admit anything was stolen from my car if I was dumb enough to leave stuff in it and unlocked. This isn’t the police, nor the town council’s fault.

      When we heard about this 3,700 being lost, we thought maybe Charlie did a typo, and it was onyt $37, not $3,700. But even still, who leaves that in their car?

  2. I agree with Charlie that car break ins happen all over but perhaps its worse in Watertown where our streets are overflowing with cars because the homes either don’t have enough parking or have too many people in the homes. An example of this is the many overcrowded and illegal apartments in town.

    Not sure I think we want to make comparisons to Framingham though. Framingham is a large city with more crime. Why not compare our car break-ins to Belmont? That would make a lot more sense. Belmont doesn’t allow over night parking so residents have to park in their driveways which I think makes it a bit riskier for someone looking to break into the car. Thinking about my own neighborhood where cars get parked several houses away from where the person actually lives.

    Amazing to think that anyone thought it was a smart idea to leave $3700.00 in their car. That is just pure stupidity.

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