Police Log: Pair Caught with Drugs After Shoplifting, Resident Scammed Out of Large Sum of Money

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Jan. 5, 1 p.m.: Two people came into CVS on Mt. Auburn Street and a woman rummaged through items in the seasonal aisle, and a man took some clothing and other merchandise. They walked out of the store without paying and left on foot. Officers located the suspects nearby, and they confirmed they were involved by reviewing the store security video. The woman reached into her bag to give back the merchandise and Police spotted a bag of what is believed to be fentanyl, and also a substance believed to be methamphetamine. She tried to give a false name when being booked. The man also had a substance believed to be fentanyl. Police also found that both suspects had multiple warrants for their arrest. Emily Parsons, 34, of Boston, was arrested for shoplifting, possession of a Class A drug, possession of a Class B drug, providing a false name and three warrants: one from Waltham District Court for larceny over $1,200, one from Cambridge District Court for shoplifting and one from Brookline District Court for receiving stolen property. Martin Flinx, 28, of Salem, was arrested for shoplifting, possession of a Class A drug, and three warrants: one from Arlington District Court for possession of a Class A drug – a subsequent offense, and two from Cambridge District Court — one for assault and battery, and one for shoplifting.

Jan. 5, 5:50 p.m.: A Williams Street resident discovered scratch marks on the person’s Toyota Prius. A 12-inch scratch was found halfway up the driver’s side door, a 6-inch scratch was on the bumper, and an X was scratched into the hood. The owner does not know who would have scratched the car. It occurred between 11 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 5. Police are investigating.

Jan. 6, 2:50 p.m.: A woman came into Best Buy and went through the gaming aisle and placed numerous items into a shopping cart. Then she put a Seagate Game Drive for Playstation worth $90, two PS5 games worth $50 each, and a Nintendo Switch game worth $50.

Jan 7, 3:40 p.m.: A Maplewood Street resident reported she has been the victim of an online scam. She met a man online who said he was working on a project in Turkey. On multiple occasions over the past year the man asked for money to finish the project. She sent approximately $1 million of money wires to the man. Police are investigating.

Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m.: A man came into Best Buy and grabbed a cellphone from the display and removed the security device with a tool he had in his pocket. He left the store without paying for the Samsung Galaxy phone valued at $800.

Jan. 9, 11:30 a.m.: A woman noticed a transaction on a Watertown Savings account on Jan. 9 for $807.60. Someone had used her debit card, even though she was still in possession of it. Police are investigating.

Jan. 9, 5 p.m.: A woman lost her Rockland Trust debit card and between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3 she noticed a total of $1,890 in fraudulent transactions made in Waltham, Lynnfield, Newton and Saugus. Police are investigating.

2 thoughts on “Police Log: Pair Caught with Drugs After Shoplifting, Resident Scammed Out of Large Sum of Money

  1. As I read through this thread I noticed that frequently each incident ends with the same statement that “the police are investigating “. Is it possible that the police could provide a follow up indicating investigation results?

  2. Robert, I agree. Did these alleged criminals get prosecuted, put in jail or substance abuse facilities, or just slapped on the hand and put back on the streets to continue their evil doings, costing businesses needed profits and causing our prices to escalate to cover the losses?

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