Police Log: Shoplifter Caught with Items from Multiple Stores, Electric Bike Stolen

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

April 12, 12:30 p.m.: A woman was seen rolling a shopping cart through Carter’s and filled it with children’s clothing before leaving without paying. The woman’s identity was determined, and the 33-year-old Boston woman was summoned to Waltham District Court on a charge of larceny under $1,200.

April 12: A resident received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of National Grid, and told the resident that she owed $900 and if she did not pay her electricity would be shut off. The person told the resident to buy three $300 gift cards from either Target or Walmart. The resident purchased the gift cards and gave the information to the caller. She realized it was a scam when she was contacted again by someone saying she owed $14,000.

April 12: A black Trek bike was found resting against a stone wall on Common Street. It has rusted tires that were flat. Police could not determine the owner, and took it to the Department of Public Works.

April 12, 7:45 p.m.: A man entered Roche Bros. carrying a red Target bag. He walked around the store concealing items and stole $20 worth of items including milk and food.

April 12 9:30 p.m.: A man parked his electric bike at Arsenal Yards near the Santander Bank. When he came back it was gone. He had only had the Aventon bike for 3 months and it was valued at $1,200. It had been left unlocked.

April 14, 2:52 p.m.: A woman went into Target and removed the barcode from a $1 item and went to the self-checkout area and scanned numerous items worth a total of $78. The same person had been seen doing the same thing on March 1, 23, and April 7. Police are investigating.

April 14, 2:52 p.m.: While police were taking a report of another shoplifting incident, they were informed of a woman who came to the store on Feb. 2 and took 16 clothing items worth $142. She came back on April 12 and stole $392, and on April 6 took $90 worth of items.

April 15 1:37 p.m.: A woman took 20 items worth a total of $523 from Target.

April 16, 7:30 p.m.: A woman went through the self-checkout at Target with a full cart of merchandise and only paid $11. The total should have been $206.

April 17, 10. a.m.: A Pequossette Street resident reported a car break-in. The vehicle had been parked on Watertown Street near Stop & Shop between 3 p.m and 5 p.m. the previous day. A Garmin GPS worth $400 was taken.

April 17, 11:30 a.m.: A man walked into Nike with an Adidas bag. He put eight items worth $800 in a mesh shopping bag and left the store without paying. He was in the store for less than five minutes. The same man had been seen shoplifting at Target in March.

April 17, 3 p.m.: Nike reported that a man had taken items from Nike and had a black backpack. Police were called and they saw a man fitting the suspect’s description carrying a backpack. When they put the cruiser’s lights on the man ducked down behind a vehicle. When he emerged he did not have a backpack. Officers stopped him and went to the area where he ducked down. They found a pair of Nike sneakers and a backpack. He also had pieces of clothing with the tags still on them, including from Old Navy. The man also said he had taken items from stores in downtown Boston. Police discovered he also had a warrant for his arrest. Kevin Farrow, 52, of Boston, was arrested on charges of shoplifting, receiving stolen property, and the warrant from Boston District Court for shoplifting.

April 18, 4 p.m.: Best Buy security discovered a woman had come into the store and took a box of Topps Stadium baseball cards worth $27. She put them in a bag and left without paying.

April 18, 6:30 p.m.: A woman received an email saying that a credit card had been opened in her name. She cancelled the credit card and does not think that any money had been charged on the card. Police are investigating.

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