Police Log: Pair Break Into Apartment & Take $11K Valuables, Skimming Device Found in Bank ATM

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


July 1, 12:07 a.m.: An officer spotted a vehicle stopped facing the wrong way on Baptist Walk. The Jeep Grand Cherokee had its engine running and was facing toward Mt. Auburn Street, on the road which is one way the other direction. The driver appeared to be sleeping behind the wheel, and the officer had to knock several times to wake him. The man said he was waiting for a phone call. The officer detected an odor of alcohol coming from the man, and the driver admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving. The man did not pass three field sobriety tests and declined to take a fourth. Christian Andrade, 47, of Cambridge, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, and was cited for a one-way street violation.

July 3, 4:11 p.m.: A vehicle rear-ended another vehicle on Watertown Street at Galen Street, causing heavy damage to both vehicles. A 10-year-old child in the car that was struck was taken to hospital to be evaluated for what appeared to be a minor injury. The driver who struck the other vehicle was standing on the sidewalk. An officer spoke to her and detected signs of intoxication. She was not cooperative, and refused to identify herself. She declined to take field sobriety tests, but was arrested based on officers’ observations that she was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes, had an odor of alcohol, and she had an open container of Smirnoff vodka in the vehicle. Lauren Baltrucki, 38, of Marlborough, Connecticut, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to use care in stopping, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.


June 28: A man wanted for shoplifting from Target on June 25 was identified by Yarmouth Police. The man had taken items and fled down the bike path behind Target. He was last seen entering United Marble on Munroe Avenue. Police were able to identify the man from surveillance video. Warrants were requested for the 28-year-old Yarmouth man for shoplifting by concealing merchandise, and breaking and entering for a misdemeanor.

June 26, 7:48 a.m.: Police responded to 270 Pleasant St. for a stolen bike. The owner went to the garage to go to work and noticed the bike lock had been cut and left on the ground, and the bike was gone. He had locked it up on June 25 at noon. The bike is a black Super73 ebike valued at $3,300.

June 26, 5:56 p.m.: A package was taken from the Water Mill Apartments on Pleasant Street. FedEx had delivered the package on June 25, and on the 26th at 4 p.m. the resident went to retrieve it but he discovered the package had been opened, and the contents were missing. He had ordered an Anki Overdrive children’s toy valued at $100.

June 28, 7:28 p.m.: The manager of Roche Bros. was in the store after the 6 p.m. closing time, and noticed the side door near the cafe was unlocked. He checked the security video and it showed a man come inside at 6:22 p.m., pack a bag with multiple food items, before leaving at 6:35 p.m. with $41.73 in items. The suspect is described as a white male, medium build, who wore a red Coca-Cola T-shirt.

June 29, 7:33 p.m.: A resident of an apartment building on Mt. Auburn Street discovered the front door had pry marks near the deadbolt and wood shavings were found on the floor. He also saw broken glass outside of the apartment. The resident was missing $11,220 in belongings, including camera lenses and equipment, an Apple iPad, and a MacBook. Officers responded and made sure no one was inside. A witness had seen a man and a woman in the area acting suspicious. The person had never seen them in the area before. The pair walked the opposite direction when police arrived, and the witness followed the suspects as they drove away. The witness took a photo of the suspects’ vehicle and of the suspects. Police were able to identify the suspects, a 37-year-old man from Salem and a 22-year-old woman from Boston. Warrants were issued for both of the suspects for breaking and entering, larceny from a building, possession of burglarious tools, and destruction of property over $1,200. Police said the break-in appeared to be random, and they are trying to locate the suspects.

June 30, 11:41 a.m.: A service engineer working on an ATM at the Bank of America on Mt. Auburn Street found a skimming device inside the machine. It is unknown how long the device had been in the machine. Skimming devices collect account numbers and information off cards inserted into the machine. It is not known if anyone’s information was compromised. The last time the ATM had been serviced prior to the 30th was on June 17. There was no indication of a device in the machine then. The device was removed, and Police are working with the bank.

June 30, 2:19 pm: A man came into Dizin Fruttiberri on Mt. Auburn Street and purchased a $17 quart of ice cream with a $100 bill and got change. Later, the manager realized the bill was counterfeit. The suspect was described as a tall Black male with short hair, wearing a white T-shirt, and a baseball hat. He was seen leaving in a white BMW sedan.

June 30, 9:06 p.m.: A shoplifter was spotted at Target and fled the area. He had been seen concealing several items valued at $524.97 in a black backpack, and left the store, heading toward Arsenal Street. The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot-7, wearing a white Adidas T-shirt, black shorts, white sneakers, and a white camouflage hat.

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