Police Log: Juvenile Busted on Gun Charges, Pizza Place Broken Into

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

Dec. 30, 3:50 p.m.: Target security spotted a woman going into two vehicles in the parking lot before entering a third vehicle, which she drove away. Security got a license plate and description, and gave it to police. It was determined that the vehicle had been stolen from Boston.

Man Robbed While Walking Down Street in Watertown

A Watertown man reported being robbed while walking down Pleasant Street in Watertown, and lost his cell phone. On Dec. 30 at 7:42 p.m. Watertown Police received a report of a man who had been robbed, according to Police Lt. James O’Connor. The man said he had been listening to music on his headphones as he walked down Pleasant Street. Another man approached him and asked if he “had any weed to smoke,” O’Connor said.

Police Log: Vehicles Broken Into, Small Fire at Business

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

None

Incidents

Watertown Police received one report of unemployment fraud for the week of Dec. 21-27. Dec. 21, 6:25 p.m.: An employee of a company on Pleasant Street was supposed to receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet, but did not get it.

UPDATED: Watertown Police Looking for Information About Break-in

{Update: the previous version of the story incorrectly stated that the break-in occurred in a home.}

The Watertown Police seek information about the break-in of a business that took place the evening of Dec. 28. The WPD sent out the following announcement:

This is a message from the Watertown Police Department. During the hours of 11 p.m. on Monday, December 28th, and 8 a.m. Tuesday, December 29th, a breaking and entering occurred to a business in the 200 block of Waverley Avenue. If you have any information, whether you saw, or heard, something, or have home video surveillance that may have captured this incident, please contact 617-972-6541.

Police Log: Bank ATM Damaged, Customer Threatens Store Clerk

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

None

Incidents

Watertown Police received 2 reports of unemployment fraud from Dec. 14-20. 

Dec. 14, 10:47 a.m.: Two men were caught on video at the Santander Bank damaging the ATM inside the bank. The pair was seen at about 2:13 a.m. on Dec.

Hundreds of Toys Collected by Mall for Watertown Police Gift Drive

Retired Watertown Police Officer Dave Collins and Patricia Stenson, the General Manager of the Watertown Mall, pictured with the gifts donated to the Whooley Foundation at the Watertown Mall. This December, the Watertown Mall collected gifts to donate to the Watertown Police Department’s Whooley Foundation, which makes sure no children in Watertown go without a Christmas present. The last day of gift collection was Dec. 21 and a total of 165 gifts were donated. Retired Watertown Police Officer Dave Collins, who helps run the Whooley Foundation, welcomed Patricia Stenson, the General Manager of the Watertown Mall, with the gifts collected at the Mall.

Watertown Temporarily Lifting Winter Parking Ban

Watertown’s winter parking ban will be temporarily lifted for the holiday season, which allows residents to park on the street overnight unless weather requires plowing. The Watertown Police Department sent out the following announcement:

With the Holidays fast approaching, the Watertown Police Department recognizes the need for additional overnight parking. Chief of Police Michael P. Lawn has announced that effective December 24, 2020 officers will temporarily stop enforcing the All Night Parking Ban – barring any snowfall that would require plowing or sanding. Should there be a snow event please refer to the town website for available off-street parking locations. 

Chief Lawn still encourages all homeowners to use available off-street parking during the overnight hours. Enforcement of the All Night Parking Ban will resume on January 4, 2021.

Watertown Police Increasing Patrols for Impaired Drivers During Holidays

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Police Department:

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) awarded the Watertown Police a grant to increase the number of impaired driving patrols during the holiday season. The Watertown Police join other departments across the state and the State Police in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. “When an impaired driver is behind the wheel, everyone is at risk,” said Chief Lawn of the Watertown Police Department. “These funds will increase our traffic enforcement presence over the holidays. Regardless of the type or level of impairment, if a driver is dangerously operating their vehicle, they will be stopped.”