Police Log: Man Caught Stealing Copper Piping, Car Stolen from Parking Lot

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Jan. 3, 9:25 a.m.: Police received a call from Target about a shoplifter who was detained. The woman was seen placing items into her backpack, including personal care items and toiletries. They were worth a combined $260.89. Police also discovered she had two outstanding warrants. Kim Headly, 49, of Boston, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting, and the two warrants: one from Brockton District Court for disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and indecent exposure; and the second from Stoughton District Court for shoplifting and vandalizing property.

Jan. 5, 12:45 a.m.: A motorist reported suspicious activity on Arsenal Street, near Greenough Boulevard, where a building is under construction. A car was facing the wrong direction on Arsenal Street, with the headlights off and motor running. It was parked near the fencing around the construction site. Officers spoke to the man, who said he was picking up trash, but his trunk was open and it was filled with copper piping. He also had copper pipes in the backseat of his car. He said that he believed the piping was trash, and he found it on the side of the road. Officers checked the fence, and found a section had been cut and moved aside to create an opening. It had been raining and when officers looked on the site they found footprints inside the construction area consistent with the suspect’s shoes. When they asked him again he admitted he was stealing copper pipe from inside the construction site. He had approximately $5,000 in piping, valves, and shut offs. Chauncey Botelho, 47, of Arlington, was arrested.


Jan. 3, 6:20 a.m.: A Home Depot employee parked her car in the store’s parking lot in the contractor area when she got to work. She came out to start the vehicle at 5:50 a.m. and went back inside. She came back out at 6:15 a.m. and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 was gone. She had started it with a push button on her key fob, but had the f0b with her. Later that day, at about 4:24 p.m., the car was located by Boston Police on the 100 block of Market Street in Brighton. The vehicle was returned to the owner and it did not appear to be damaged. Police are investigating.

Jan. 3, 4:28 p.m.: The owner of Sarris Auto Sales on Arsenal Street arrived at work and found paperwork from his office outside in the parking lot. He went into the office and saw other items out of place. It appeared that someone had rummaged through the office, including items that had been knocked off a window sill. Nothing appeared to be missing, but the window screen in the front of the building was out of place. The owner believed the person entered the building through that window. He added that about a month ago the windows were cleaned. Police are investigating.

Jan. 4, 1:03 p.m.: A resident reported that he got multiple emails about suspicious activity on his account. Three separate withdrawals were made from his Zelle account: one for $52, a second for $35, and the third was for $1,100. The man did not make the transactions, and he is not sure who made them. He believes his account may have been hacked. The bank is investigating.

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