Police diary: Four charged after shoplifting, bags removed from gymnasium

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


October 10, 2:46 a.m.: A white truck was seen driving down Arsenal Street with a flat tire. The officer got into his patrol car and when he caught up with the vehicle it had stopped on Beechwood Avenue and the driver was asleep at the wheel with his foot on the brake and the engine running. Police woke the man up and noticed signs of intoxication. The man said he had just picked up the vehicle from the store and was unaware of the apartment. He admitted to having consumed alcohol before driving. The man failed to pass five field sobriety tests. Toni Deoliveira, 51, of Boston, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Oct. 10, 6:57 p.m.: Target reported seeing four people shoplifting, and they drove off in a white sedan. Police located the vehicle on Arsenal Street near the Residence Inn by Marriott. They had taken six Texas Instruments calculators, worth a total of $811, and placed them in a plastic bin. Officers spoke with those in the vehicle, who had some of the items stolen. Two people were over 18 and two were minors. Security saw one of the adults, Tummerick Brown, along with one of the minors remove the anti-theft devices from the calculators. The other miner pushed a cart with the plastic bin inside, and they put the calculators in the bin and left without paying. One of the miners told officers they took the items from Target. The police contacted the parents of the two minors and handed them over to the parents. The adults were taken into custody. Tumerrick Brown, 22, of Boston, was charged with unlawfully disabling a theft detection device and a warrant from Haverhill District Court for theft over $1,200. The second adult, Pandora Vasquez, 19, of Brookline, was not seen participating in the shoplifting, but had a warrant from Haverhill District Court for two counts of theft over 1,200 $. The two minors, a 16-year-old girl from Brockton and a 15-year-old woman from Boston, were summoned to Waltham District Court for shoplifting.

Oct. 16, 11:58 a.m.: Waltham District Court Probation Service alerted Watertown Police that a man was violating the terms of his probation. Officers responded to his home and placed Eric Nielsen, 35, of Watertown, under arrest on probation.

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October 10, 12:19 p.m.: A resident of Arsenal Street received an email informing her that she had been chosen to purchase various high-end items, including a camera. She was looking to buy a camera for her son, so she replied to the email. The woman received another email saying she had to pay shipping and was told to send $200 via CashApp. She did, and then all communication stopped. The email she was communicating with appears to be a fake address.

October 12, 5:31 p.m.: A resident received an email from Bank of America saying that a Royal Caribbean visa had been opened in her name. She contacted the bank to tell them she hadn’t applied for the card, and they froze the card. Nothing had been charged to the card.

Oct. 13, 10:51 a.m.: A Wilson Avenue resident said he received an email from Wells Fargo Bank stating that a checking account had been opened in his name, but he had not authorized it. Earlier in the day, he had been informed of the opening of another account in his name at Bank of America. No money was lost and he is working with the banks to resolve the situation.

October 13, 5:31 p.m.: A resident of an apartment building on Pleasant Street reported a stolen bicycle. The black Trek 800 bike with red lettering was valued at $500 and had been left on the rack in the parking garage and was taken between October 9 and 11. There is a sticker on the bike that says Franklin Bike Shop.

October 14, 10:37 a.m.: A bicycle was taken from the driveway of a house on rue Molloy. The purple Ross Chimera had a blue and gray Burley child trailer attached, worth a combined $500. It was taken between October 12 at 7 p.m. and October 14 at 8 a.m.

October 14, 12:20 p.m.: An 81-year-old woman went shopping at Roche Bros. at Arsenal Yards, and when she got home she found she didn’t have her wallet. She remembers leaving it at the store, so she came back, and the wallet had been returned but $100 in cash was missing. Police watched the surveillance video and it showed the woman exiting around 10:30 a.m., putting the wallet on the counter and leaving. About 20 seconds later a man came out and picked up the wallet, looked at it, took out the money and put the wallet back on the counter. The suspect is described as a fair-skinned or Hispanic male, 50 to 60 years old, wearing a gray New England Patriots hat, gray short-sleeved button-up shirt, dark pants and brown work boots . The police are trying to identify the suspect.

October 14, 6:38 p.m.: A woman said she was contacted by someone on Facebook Messenger who said the resident had been selected to receive an $80,000 government retirement grant. In order to obtain the grant, the resident had to send a photo of her license and a payment of $550 using an American Express gift card. The woman did, but later realized it was a scam.

October 16, 6:37 p.m.: A Prescott Street resident had her belongings taken while at the Central Rock Gym on Acton Street. She left a bag in a locker around 3:15 p.m. while she was training and when she returned she could not find the bag. It contained a cell phone, wallet, set of car keys, debit card and $40 in cash. While police were in Central Rock, an employee reported a second bag missing, which contained a Polartec jacket, car keys and a credit card. Police viewed security footage, which showed a man entering, entering the bathroom, exiting and then taking the bags. Officers identified the man and obtained a warrant for the 47-year-old homeless man from Watertown.

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