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The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from Nov. 14 through Nov. 20, 2023.

No arrests were reported.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, Nov. 14

7:44 p.m. – Injury on Town Property. A man whose age was not reported suffered a seizure on Mill Street near the bike path and collapsed in the roadway. Witnesses coming to his aid found him in tremors and with a fresh head wound from his fall. Arlington Fire department came with EMS support, dressed the wound and stabilized him before taking him to a local hospital.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

9:42 a.m. – Community Policing. A police detail made a scheduled weekly walkthrough of areas near Thorndike Park and Jerry's Pond, on the Arlington/Cambridge line, where homeless people are known to camp out. The detail encountered a group of four homeless men near Jerry's Pond and offered them support and services for medical or other needs. The men declined aid.

11:29 a.m. – Motor Vehicle Larceny. A Cutter Hill Road resident called police to report unauthorized use of a license plate from his 2002 Toyota Avalon. He initially told police he suspected an area repair shop to which he had recently taken the car for electrical work. Later in the conversation, however, it came out that he had actually sold the car to a third party but that in making the transfer had evidently neglected to remove his own plates. The new owner of the car, instead of first registering and plating it, had then taken it for a spin on the Mass. Pike, incurring an $11 toll charge that was billed to the seller.

Thursday, Nov. 16

3:01 p.m. – Larceny over $250 by False Pretense. A Washington Street resident reported that she had been bilked out of an undetermined amount of money by a handyman she had engaged on a friend's recommendation. A supposed contractor, described as a 60-year-old man, came to her house and agreed to build an island and make other kitchen upgrades, for which he requested a $1,500 down payment. When the man delayed starting work over the next week but instead came by repeatedly to demand and receive four other checks to cover “materials,” the resident finally lost patience and contacted the police. An investigation has since followed the money to Rhode Island, where all five checks were cashed. The investigation remains in progress.

5:44 p.m. – Neighbor Problem. Police received a call from a Bow Street resident who tersely complained that someone had been “snooping.” Police arrived and found nothing out of the ordinary.

Friday, Nov. 17

4:47 p.m. – Larceny over $1,200. A 54-year-old resident of Mass. Ave. called police to report that his son's mountain bike had been stolen. The young man had locked the bike to a rack near a church near Arlington Center and returned later to find that the lock had been cut and the bike taken. The father stated that his son was devastated by the loss and begged police for any help that they or anyone else could give in recovering it. Police are investigating.

Saturday, Nov. 18

5:56 a.m. – Larceny From a Person or Business. The manager of a Mass. Ave. convenience store called the police to report the theft of a stack of lottery tickets he had left unattended on top of a display case. Security video showed three men entering the store and looking around, including the area where the tickets had been left. The three then left the store, returned after a few minutes – and then while one man occupied the manager in conversation, another concealed the tickets on his person. After the three had left the store, the manager noticed the loss and called the police. In his subsequent interview with officers, the manager was unable to put a figure on the total value of the tickets. An investigation is underway.

5:58 p.m. – Neighbor Problem. Police received a call from an elder-home resident on Drake Road, complaining that another resident had yelled at her during the home's community Thanksgiving dinner. The issue of contention was “portion size.” Police arrived and spoke with the two residents and also with house staff. It was agreed with the latter that this was not a police matter.

Sunday, Nov. 19

7:55 a.m. – Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. Police were called about a disturbance at Homewood Suites in which a man staying at the hotel was allegedly trying to break down a door with a hammer in order to retrieve keys to his car. When confronted by another party allegedly sharing the room, the man allegedly swung the hammer at him and grazed his arm, but without injuring him. When police arrived, the hammer-wielder had left, but the police were able to ID the suspect from the hotel registry and are currently “seeking complaints” against him.

Monday, Nov. 20

7:09 a.m. – Stolen Motor Vehicle. A Reservoir Road resident discovered that a 2017 Kia Sorrento he had borrowed from his father was missing from the driveway. There were only two keys to the car, and both were said to be accounted for. The man's girlfriend said she had taken their dog for a walk quite late that night, so the car's disappearance would have had to have been well past midnight. Police have added the vehicle to their search list. 

Nov. 3, 2023: Police blotter Oct. 24-30: Officers fix tempest in tea pot (actually, about a coffee pot)


This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.