Police Log: Man Faces OUI Charges, Resident Scammed Out of $60,000

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.

June 6: A resident reported she had been the victim of a scam. In late February she was contacted by someone claiming to be an employee of Amazon, who said that numerous Apple products were being sent to an address in Albany, New York, using her account. The woman was not aware of the orders. She then spoke to someone who said he was a U.S. Treasury Department detective. She provided information to the person on the phone, who said that her account had been compromised but she could protect $30,000 of her savings if she withdrew the cash. She was advised to take another $30,000 out of her savings, and she could give it to a representative. She met a man in a car in Belmont and put $60,000 in the back seat. The man drove away and she did not not get the license plate. Police are investigating.

June 7, 7:55 p.m.: A man came into the Nike Store and took a pair of Air Zoom sneakers valued at $130, placed them in a duffle bag, and left without paying.

June 7, 9 p.m.: Police received a report of a car with heavy damage in the parking lot of Stop & Shop on Pleasant Street. Officers located the car in the middle of the lot, and observed that the rear windshield was smashed. A man was walking around the vehicle carrying an ice scraper. He said he was in the car when the damage occurred, but his cousin was driving. No one else was in the area. He had an odor of alcohol. Police asked where he was going and he said he was going to his parents house, which was right down the street. They asked where he lived, and he said Lynn, and he said that he was in Lynn. Police also received reports of parked cars being struck in Waltham. The driver took field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Abner Gomez-Chavez, 19, of Lynn was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

June 8, 5 p.m: Three men took 13 pairs of sneakers from Nike, valued at nearly $1,700. They were in and out of the store quickly, and appeared to know what they were looking for, according to store security.

June 10, 7:50 p.m.: A man went to Nike, took two pairs of sneakers out of the boxes, concealed them in a red bag and left the store. The items were worth a total of $285.

June 11, 5:40 p.m.: A man and a woman walked into Best Buy together. They left something behind a TV, and then came back and put the items in a bag and walked out without paying. Store security believes they took multiple hard drives worth more than $500.

June 12, 5:50 p.m.: A man took a pair of sneakers valued at $99 and socks priced at $22, and left the Nike Store without paying.

June 13, 5:30 p.m.: A woman walked into Best Buy with a bag. He took some items out of the bag and put merchandise in the bag. She tried to walk out of the store without paying, but was stopped. She had $107 worth of items, including some children’s toys. Robin Lukas, 55, of Watertown, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting.

2 thoughts on “Police Log: Man Faces OUI Charges, Resident Scammed Out of $60,000

  1. How can a pair of sneakers be worth $100.00 let alone $130.00?
    People need to stop buying this over priced stuff. It’s tRump stupidity syndrome, a syndrome where people will believe anything because they don’t ask the simple question of is this really true. Sneakers of the highest quality should only cost $50.00 at most. That’s with inflation. I know, I once worked in the industry.

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