Belmont Police Log, April 24-28, 2023: Cyclist struck
The following are excerpts from the Belmont Police log as made available by the Belmont Police Department. The log is public and available for review. All persons are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Monday, April 24
4:59 p.m.: A Female Belmont cyclist was struck by a 2022 Toyota operated by a Burlington man in the area of Brighton and Hittinger Streets. The cyclist said she was riding in the Westbound lane on Brighton Street when she was struck by a vehicle. She fell to the ground and hit her head but she was wearing a helmet. The operator of the Toyota was waiting to take a left turn onto Brighton Street when he collided with the cyclist. Belmont Fire and Rescue evaluated the cyclist who declined further medical attention. The operator of the Toyota was issued a citation for failure to stop.
7:37 p.m.: An Agassiz Avenue resident reported suspicious packages. Over the past few days she has received packages in her name of items she didn’t order. One package had Funko Pop toys valued at $24. Other packages contained fence materials and items to go over windows. She also received emails from H and R block and Netflix saying her subscriptions were renewed. She already had a Netflix account and did not make any purchases with Netflix or H and R Block. She’s concerned someone has opened credit cards in her name. She will contact the credit agencies and freeze her credit. She is monitoring her bank accounts.
8:46 p.m.: Officers responded to report of vandalism at 1010 Pleasant St. to Lone Tree Hill bike trail. Officers met a volunteer for Lone Tree Hill and a member of the management committee who informed them someone is adding obstacles to the existing bike trail and destroying vegetation to create a steep ramp. The volunteer said at 8 p.m. he observed two abandoned bicycles near the vandalized trail. When officers went to the trail with a volunteer the bicycles were no longer there. He believes the owners of the bicycles are causing the vandalism. On April 21st, he observed a cherry tree cut down and other vegetation destroyed and rocks moved to create the ramp. He placed logs on the ramp to discourage its use and the next day the logs were removed. He placed the logs on the ramp again and placed signs warning not to use the ramp. Today, the logs were removed again and he observed the two bicycles.
Wednesday, April 26
10:35 a.m.: An Oliver Road resident reported identity fraud. She received a U.S. Bank card in the mail which comes with unemployment. She did not file for unemployment. She completed a Massachusetts Unemployment Assistance Fraud reporting form and was advised to continue to monitor her credit scores and bank accounts for any changes.
4:04 p.m.: A Rutledge Road resident reported larceny of a phone. She shipped her Google Pixel 5A/5G cell phone back to Google to be repaired. Google emailed her a shipping label and she dropped the package in a FedEx drop box in Burlington. The tracking showed it arrived at the Google warehouse, however Google advised her they only received an empty package and they are charging her $317 for the phone not being received. She estimates the value of the phone is $450.
Thursday, April 27
7:15 a.m.: Criminal complaint against a Lexington man for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.
7:54 a.m.: A passerby reported a large sum of cash found on the sidewalk on Trapelo Road in the area of Waverley Square. Officers took custody of the money and spoke to all the banks in the area to advise them of the cash they found in case a customer returns saying they lost it. It is now in the police department’s custody for safe keeping.
8:24 a.m.: A Belmont employee said someone attempted to use their name to collect unemployment. They received a call from the town’s Human Resources department asking if she was leaving the town and she said she was not. She determined someone was using her name for unemployment. She filed the unemployment fraud report online and will continue to monitor her credit.
9:36 a.m.: Criminal complaint against a Medford woman for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
12:40 p.m.: Damage to fire hydrant on Exeter Street. It was toppled over and on the ground. A small piece of a vehicle was next to it. Employees of the water department estimate the worth of the fire hydrant to be $2,000. Through searching the part number of the vehicle, officers determined it belonged to an Acura. They searched the area but were unable to locate the offending vehicle.
2:33 p.m.: A Belmont High School student reported bicycle stolen. In the beginning of April her bicycle was secured with a lock on a bike rack at the school. Before April break, her bicycle was no longer there. It is a teal Specialized bike valued at $500.
Belmont Police responded to two domestic calls and two mental health calls between April 24th and April 28th.