Police Log: Car Left on Cinderblocks After Wheels Taken, Multiple Mail Fishing Scams

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


Feb. 16, 3:10 p.m.: Police received a report of a vehicle with a man who might be intoxicated inside on North Beacon Street. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle with two wheels up on the sidewalk, partially blocking the driveway to MacDonald Academy of Martial Arts. The man inside showed signs of intoxication, including an overwhelming odor of alcohol, glassy and bloodshot eyes, and there were several empty Jim Beam nips bottles in the vehicle. The man said he stopped to look at his GPS, and admitted to drinking before driving. He did not pass five field sobriety tests. James Rosman, 68, of Quincy, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Feb. 17, 8:04 p.m.: A suspected shoplifting was reported by an employee at Arsenal Wine & Spirits. When officers arrived, they were shown a person that tried to purchase alcohol with an ID that was not his. Police recognized the man from previous incidents, and the clerk also knew the man from previous incidents at the store. The man was gone when police arrived and was seen walking on Arsenal Street. Later that day the man was located at Arsenal Yards. When police spoke to him they found he had two bottles of Remy Martin cognac, for which he did not have a receipt. Officers determined the bottles had been taken from Gordon’s Wine & Liquors, not Arsenal Wine & Spirits. They also found he had four warrants for his arrest. Yegor Velykyy, 28, homeless, was arrested on one count of shoplifting, and the four warrants, all from Waltham District Court: the first for two counts of larceny over $1,200, the second for two counts of shoplifting, the third for shoplifting, and the fourth for shoplifting.


Feb. 13, 11:45 a.m.: The manager of CVS on Main Street reported a woman has spent three hours walking around the store and left with multiple beauty items. The woman came in at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 and left at 1 a.m. on Feb. 12. The items taken were worth $326.34. The manager recognized the woman from other incidents. Officers identified the suspect, a 34-year-old woman from Newton, and tried to contact her but she was not home. A summons was requested for the woman for shoplifting over $250.

Feb. 13, 4:34 p.m.: A Pierce Road resident reported a scam. He purchased a Playstation 5 on Facebook Marketplace for $325. The man sent the money and then the seller requested another $50, which the man paid and was told that the game console would be delivered to his home. He never received the Playstation 5, and he realized it was a scam. The man tried to contact the seller, but the person did not respond.

Feb. 14, 5:55 p.m.: A resident said she got a notification from a collection agency saying she had an outstanding balance of $3,572 on a T-Mobile account. The woman never had a T-Mobile account. The company is working to sort out the situation and she will not owe money.

Feb. 15, 5:32 a.m.: The owner of a 2017 BMW sedan parked in the lot at his building on Whites Avenue on Feb. 14, and the next day he came out and found the car up on cinder blocks and the tires and rims were gone. The Michelin Pilot Supersport tires and custom rims were worth $7,000. Police are investigating.

Feb. 15, 4:32 p.m.: A resident reported that a bill was placed in a mailbox on Avon Road containing a check for $134.94 to National Grid. Later, the resident’s bank reported that the check had been altered with a new, illegible name and the amount was changed to $7,300. The check was never cashed. It is not clear when the letter was intercepted. Watertown Police contacted the Postal Police about the incident.

Feb. 15, 7:45 p.m.: A resident put a check for $609 into a mailbox on Cypress Street at School Street on Jan. 27. On Feb. 15, the resident received notification that the check had been cashed for $9,800. The bank froze the account. The resident also reported that the same thing happened to his girlfriend on Jan. 29. She made out a check for $1,200, but it was cashed for $9,200. They were both reimbursed. Other cases of mail fishing and check washing have been reported in and around Watertown. Police are working with other departments in the area.

Feb. 16, 5:11 p.m.: A package was taken from the apartments at Arsenal Yards. The resident purchased a digital camera for $2,299 and it was shipped via UPS. It was confirmed delivered, but was gone when the resident went to pick it up. Police are investigating.

Feb. 17, 5:38 p.m.: A package was taken from the Apartments at Coolidge School. The resident was leaving the building on Feb. 14 and saw the package from Amazon on the mail table, but she was going to work so she did not take the package. When she came back at 9:45 p.m. the package was gone. The package contained natural supplements valued at $25.75.

Feb. 18, 7:24 p.m.: A resident bought a baby stroller for $350 on eBay using Venmo. She was told the stroller would be dropped off at her home after she paid for it. The payment did not go through, so she sent at $200 payment and sent a gift card separately for the rest. She did not get the stroller, and did not receive any more communications from the seller.

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