Belmont Police Log: July 7-12: Car break-ins and theft on the rise
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.
Friday, July 7
8:22 a.m.: Collision in area of 405 Concord Ave. between a 2023 Toyota operated by a Belmont man and a 2019 Honda operated by a Belmont woman. The operator of the Toyota was struck in the rear without warning by a vehicle which merged left into his lane from behind an MBTA bus. The operator of the Honda was traveling from Common Street onto Concord Avenue, behind an MBTA bus. When the bus stopped, she attempted to merge left and accidentally struck the Toyota. She was unaware that she was in the bicycle lane. The Honda was towed. The operator of the Honda was issued a citation for marked lanes violation.
2:51 p.m.: A Belmont resident reported receiving an alert on her personal website from someone claiming to be a conservative and asking her why she would want to produce and view pornographic material. They threatened to send images of her to family and friends. She blocked and deleted communication with this person but wanted it documented.
6:20 p.m.: Collision involving a bicycle on between a 2011 Kia operated by a Watertown woman and a female Medford bicyclist on Belmont Street. An officer on patrol observed a bicyclist down on the side of the road near the intersection of Windsor and Belmont Street. She didn’t think she was injured but was shaken up. She had minor scrapes. Belmont Fire and Rescue responded. She said the vehicle turned in front of her. She did not have time to stop and struck the rear passenger door of the vehicle. The operator of the Kia said she put on her right turn signal to turn onto Windsor Avenue. She didn’t see anyone but when she turned, she felt an impact on the side of the vehicle. She pulled over and saw the woman on the ground with her bicycle. The bicyclist was evaluated and refused further medical treatment. The operator of the Kia was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way.
8:41 p.m.: Criminal complaint issued against a Watertown woman for operating an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle.
Saturday, July. 8
7:51 a.m.: A Prentiss Lane resident reported a 2020 Toyota stolen. He heard a car alarm at 4 a.m., but when he looked out his window, both his vehicles were in his driveway. However, this morning, the 2020 Toyota was missing. It was unlocked, but the keys were left in the glove box.
8:51 a.m.: A Vincent Avenue resident reported her 2020 Honda broken into. It was parked I her driveway the evening before. This morning, she noticed her wallet was missing and her vehicle was rummaged through. She is unsure if it was locked. She received a phone call from one of her neighbors, saying they found her insurance card outside their home. She began contacting her banks to let them know about her stolen cards. So far, nothing has been charged and no money has been withdrawn.
8:53 a.m.: A Farm Road resident reported vandalism. This is the fourth time their home has been egged. Eggs were observed on the left front porch and second floor window. She believes it was done when she and her husband were out. She was not able to access her Ring cameras at that time and neighbors also did not see anything. She is unsure who could have done it.
9 a.m.: A vehicle was recovered on Prentiss Lane. Toyota Safety Patrol said they tracked a vehicle on Prentiss Lane that was stolen from Allston on July 4th. The vehicle was parked on the side of the road, unoccupied and locked. Boston Police was notified. The vehicle was towed to the police station. Detectives will process it. The vehicle owner was also notified his vehicle was recovered.
5:42 p.m.: An Alma Avenue resident reported 2015 BMW broken into. She parked her vehicle at 5 p.m. the night before. It was unlocked. She noticed papers on the ground outside her vehicle and discovered it was broken into. It appears the vehicle was rummaged through and contents scattered throughout. She kept a spare key inside the glove box which is now missing. She was advised to reach out to the car dealership to get the vehicle re-keyed.
9:20 p.m. Criminal complaint against a Springfield woman for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and a vehicle with a suspended registration.
Sunday, July 9
11:01 a.m.: A Belmont resident reported possible damage to the Mclean Barn door. He was pulling invasive plans and noticed it appeared to be broken as if someone was forcing entry. The right side of the right barn door was damaged. He was last in the area Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. and believes it was still intact at that time. The Director of Facilities said he knew there was a break-in. It appears, even though the camera was on, they weren’t capturing live footage. He will reach out to the camera company to find out why. He also discovered the alarm was disabled when the break-in happened and never reset.
5:19 p.m.: Road rage incident at the intersection of Trapelo Road and Beech Street between a 2019 GMC operated by a Belmont man and a brown sedan who cut him off in Belmont Center in front of Nick’s Pizza. The operator of the brown sedan was brake checking while driving down Pleasant Street towards Waverley Square. He passed the vehicle to attempt to end the confrontation. However, the other operator opened his door and kicked his truck when they were in the area of Trapelo Road. After this, the vehicle sped down Beech Street towards Watertown. He provided the plate. The vehicle belongs to a Watertown woman. Officers attempted to reach her but were unable to.
11:13 p.m.: Criminal complaint issued against a Watertown man for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Monday, July 10
10:01 a.m.: Collision with injuries in area of Trapelo Road and Church Street between a 2022 BMW operated by a Belmont man and 2019 Honda operated by a Waltham man. Belmont Fire also responded. The operator of the BMW said he was stopped at the stop sign at Church Street. When he took a left turn onto Trapelo Road, he was struck by the Honda. The operator of the Honda said he was traveling Eastbound on Trapelo Road when a motor vehicle crossed into his lane of travel and he did not have time to stop. The BMW sustained heavy damage to the driver’s side with full airbag deployment. The Honda sustained moderate front-end damage. The operator of the BMW was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital. The BMW was towed. The operator of the BMW was issued a citation for failure to yield.
12:05 p.m.: An Agassiz Avenue resident reported fraud. At 10 a.m. this morning, Bank of America said someone attempted to open an auto loan account in her name. Bank of America confirmed they had an application for an auto loan in her name. They flagged the application and said they would be conducting an internal investigation. She then went on her Experion account and saw three different hard inquiry requests, two from Bank of America and one from Chase Bank. Chase Bank said someone was attempting to open a credit card in her name. She informed them she never made that request and they cancelled it. She was advised to monitor her accounts and contact the police if there are any new developments.
6:28 p.m.: Officers received a call about a man and woman shooting a BB gun in Grove Street Park. He spoke to the individuals. They were shooting a Gatorade bottle on the ground. They explained it was an airsoft pistol. He told them it was unsafe to use at a park. They collected their trash and left. The couple told officers they were both visiting from Guatemala. They did not know that what they were doing was wrong and apologized.
8:45 p.m.: Single car collision in area of Concord Avenue and Pleasant Street involving a 2010 Toyota operated by a Newton man. The operator said he lost control while traveling on Pleasant Street due to slippery conditions which caused him to hit a wall on Pleasant Street. He stopped at Snake Hill Road because the damage to this vehicle prevented him from travelling further. He was experiencing pain in his head. Belmont Fire responded and he was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital. The wall was damaged. The operator will be issued a citation for speeding and marked lanes violation.
Tuesday, July 11
2:59 p.m.: Criminal complaint against a Belmont man for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Wednesday, July 12
11:13 a.m.: A Payson Road resident reported an issue with a contractor. Two contractors were removing her garage door. She informed them they were at the wrong house. They said they made a mistake because the houses look similar. The owner of the company said he would fix the door.
Between July 7 and July 12, Belmont Police responded to one domestic and two mental health calls.