The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.
May 17, 4:39 p.m.: At about 2:45 a.m., an officer patrolling near Casey Park spotted a door propped open at the office building in the former Parker School. The officer waited for more officers to arrive, and they checked the building but could not locate anyone. At 6:43 a.m., a 911 call came from the building, but the caller was a bit incoherent and said “all was OK,” and then hung up. Police went to the building, but once again found no one inside. The occupants of the building were contacted by Police, and they came down and noticed a router was missing, as well as personal items from a desk. The next day, officers returned at about 7:15 p.m. to get access to a security video. Another employee said a person had been seen trying to enter the building around 7 p.m. The person was confronted, but could not be identified. A description of the woman was given to officers. A person fitting that description was found in the Municipal Parking Lot behind CVS in Watertown Square. The employee positively identified the woman as the person who had tried to get into the building. The woman admitted to breaking into the building. Police arrested Rosemary Taverna, 44, of Watertown, on charges of breaking and entering during the nighttime, and larceny from a building.
May 19, 1:56 a.m.: An officer patrolling in the area of the old Parker School saw a door propped open. Police went inside and located the same suspect from the previous day in one of the suites on the third floor. Rosemary Taverna, 44, of Watertown, was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime.
May 19, 2:46 p.m.: Police received a report of a fight between two men, where one of the men was seen with a knife. The two men work together at Home Depot and they got into an argument while leaving work. One man walked away, and the suspect got into his car and drove toward the man, who had to jump out of the way. The man continued to walk and reencountered the suspect in the area near Roche Bros. The suspect got out of the vehicle and they argued. The suspect then pulled a knife out of his pocket and pointed it at the other man. The incident was witnessed by multiple people, who said the suspect said something about fighting. Police were called and they interviewed witnesses. Edwin Mendez, 36, of Boston was arrested on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (one for the knife and one for the vehicle).
May 19, 5:56 p.m.: Best Buy called Police to report a woman had taken items and left the store. The woman was located nearby crossing Arsenal Street. The woman took a Nano Leaf light, worth $200. Police found she also had four warrants for shoplifting out of Framingham District Court. Jennifer Lawton, 36, of Lexington, was arrested on one count of shoplifting and the four warrants.
May 21, 10:46 a.m.: A man came into the Nike Store and began to threaten employees. When he was greeted by an employee the man began to swear and yell at one employee. The man then walked around the store, and yelled and swore at two female employees. He then spat on the floor, and told employees he was going to snap their necks. Employees called Police, and officers located the suspect in front of Marshalls. He was uncooperative when Police initially spoke with him. It was learned he had three warrants from Brookline District Court, one for shoplifting (a third offense), one for assault with a dangerous weapon, and one for threats to commit a crime. William Nelson, 57, of Boston, was arrested on two counts of threats to commit a crime, and the three warrants.
May 22, 5:01 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle on Mt. Auburn Street which was weaving in and out of the lane. Police determined the man did not have a license, and that he had a warrant from Brighton District Court for unlicensed driving. Mayron Vazquez-Lopez, 25, of Boston, was arrested for unlicensed driving, and was cited for a marked lanes violation.
May 16, 2:17 p.m.: Security at the Jewish Community Day School on Stanley Avenue spotted a vehicle pull into the parking lot near Waltham Street at about 1:50 p.m. When security went to see what the person was doing there, they observed the man committing a lewd act on himself inside the car. Security knocked on the window, which startled the man, and he drove off. Detectives got information from the school and were able to identify the man as a 25-year-old man from Chelsea. The man had no ties to the school, and there was no indication that any of the children or staff at the building were at risk. The man was summoned to Waltham District Court on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct.
May 18, 3:45 p.m.: A fire was reported at the Coolidge Hill Condominiums on Coolidge Hill Road. A wooden fence around one of the yards was on fire. The Watertown Fire Department extinguished the fire. It damaged about 10 feet of fencing. The fire is believed to have started in nearby mulch.
May 18, 8:21 p.m.: A resident of a building on Mt. Auburn Street near Dunkin’ Donuts saw a window of a first floor business was damaged. The window had three panels and one appeared to have been smashed by an unknown object. The window was valued at $1,000.
May 19, 7:45 p.m.: Police went to Repton Place for a stolen catalytic converter. The owner discovered the part was taken from his Toyota Prius. It occurred overnight. The vehicle had been parked in the back of the complex. The estimated cost to replace it is $1,700.
May 20, 10:24 a.m.: Police were called to the construction site on Arsenal Street at the property formerly occupied by Miller’s Ale House. Two industrial spotlights were taken. They were valued at $1,000 apiece.
May 20, 1:28 p.m.: Two incidents of vandalism were reported at Right Turn Recovery on Arsenal Street. Officers saw two shattered windows on the second floor, and below found rocks and a half brick that are believed to have been used to break the windows. One of the employees noticed one window shattered on May 13, but did not call police. On May 18, the second window was damaged. Each was estimated at $800 to repair.