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The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8. No arrests were reported.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, Jan. 2
9:16 a.m. – Accident with Injury. Two vehicles driven by a Medford woman and an Arlington woman collided in a rear-ender as both were eastbound on Warren Street near Rawson Road. As police on the scene soon verified by footage from a dashcam they noticed on her dashboard, the Medford woman had failed to brake despite apparently having had adequate time to avoid a collision. That driver, who complained of some back pain from the impact but declined medical attention, received a citation for failure to yield; police then also discovered her car had an expired registration, which earned her a second citation. Her car suffered serious front-end damage and was towed. The struck vehicle showed only light damage, so officers cleared the Arlington woman to drive away.

2:55 p.m. – Accident with Injury. A two-car crash with minor injuries to both drivers occurred when a Subaru driven by a Waltham man attempted to merge into eastbound Mass. Ave. traffic from Orvis Road in East Arlington. The man stated to police that he had stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross and then merged successfully into the near traffic lane but then struck a vehicle when trying to extend the merge to the far lane. The struck vehicle, a Lincoln, sustained significant front and side damage, and its driver, an Arlington woman, appeared to have suffered a minor head wound.

The Subaru suffered extensive front-end damage. Both drivers declined medical assistance; both cars were towed. Police checked whether the nearby Venice Italian Kitchen restaurant might have surveillance film of the accident, but APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn stated that the Waltham man is almost certainly at fault because trying to do a two-lane merge is intrinsically dangerous and because the car already in the far lane normally has automatic right of way. Accordingly, the Waltham man was cited for failure to yield.

5:09 p.m. – Larceny under $1,200. A Watertown man left his pickup truck in a rear parking area on Mass. Ave. near Capitol Square and after running an errand returned to find that a leaf blower worth $200 had gone missing from his truck's bed. Police arrived and found no immediate clues or leads. An investigation is underway in which Capt. Flynn said detectives will be “looking for film.” When asked his opinion on whether the increasing numbers of private surveillance cameras are helping to solve cases, Flynn said, “Film is a good thing. It can be very helpful.”

Wednesday, Jan. 3
10:12 a.m. – Lost, Found Animal. A distraught Lowell Street resident called police to report that someone had stolen her pet dog from her parked car. The woman called back later in the day to report that the dog in question turned out to have been left, by her, at a "doggie day care" facility.

12:45 p.m. – Shoplifting with Concealment. A store manager at Walgreens in East Arlington called police to report shoplifting in progress. When police arrived, the suspects had fled, but, after the manager was able to provide a description of the getaway car, a quick motor patrol turned up the suspects' vehicle on nearby Marion Street. During police interviews with the suspects, a 19-year-old Jamaica Plain man and a 20-year-old Arlington woman, the woman admitted to having taken items from the store without paying -- and the man was found to be driving without an active driver's license. Police informed the suspects that criminal complaints would be filed for their respective offenses and that they would be facing charges in court. The man's car was towed.

8:33 p.m. – Suspicious Person. An Oxford Street resident called police to complain about a door-to-door solicitor who was repeatedly showing up at her house despite her emphatically stated lack of interest. Police were able to find the suspect, who was wearing a Verizon scarf, and determined that he had not registered with police as required to solicit at residences. The man was presented with a cease-and-desist order pending proper registration -- and agreed to stop bothering the complainant.

Thursday, Jan. 4
10:50 a.m. – Shoplifting with Concealment. A female customer at Walgreens in East Arlington drew attention from store staff by walking up and down aisles in a manner they found suspicious. When they asked the woman whether they could help her find something, she replied, “All set.” Staff then observed her taking what looked like a razor and other shaving items from a shelf and then abruptly exiting the store, setting off an alarm. Police were not able to collar the suspect, but an investigation is in progress.

5:50 p.m. – Lost Property. An Arlington woman called police to complain that, despite numerous calls to Uber, she had been unable to retrieve a purse she had left in an Uber vehicle while being dropped off at the Menotomy Grill & Tavern three weeks before. Police are investigating. Flynn expressed confidence that Uber's own incident records should lead to the driver and recovery of the purse, he added that the woman should not have waited so long before alerting authorities.

Friday, Jan. 5
4:44 p.m. – Accident without Injury. During a shopping trip to Trader Joe's in the Heights, an Arlington woman had the front bumper knocked off her Honda Civic by the driver of a Honda CRV trying to exit the store's notoriously dicey parking lot. The injured party was unable to flag down the escaping driver, but, using Trader Joe's surveillance footage, police were later able to identify the CRV and contact the suspect, also from Arlington, who told officers that she had simply “panicked and run.” As the Civic owner has not yet indicated to police that she plans to press charges, Flynn surmised that the two parties may have reached a private settlement.

Saturday, Jan 6
5:19 p.m. – Larceny /Identity Fraud. A Norcross Street woman called police to report an attempt to hijack her coin crypto account by changing an email address. Having made her complaint official, she now is working with her brokerage firm to undo the change. Police will investigate the fraudulent address.

Sunday, Jan 7
4:31 p.m. – Neighbor Problem. A Fairmont Street resident contacted police to report an ongoing dispute with a neighbor whose nighttime outdoor lamp had been shining into her bedroom window. Officers advised her to proceed by working through the town building inspector's office. Flynn stated that she should be able to get eventual satisfaction with respect to the lamp, if not the neighbor.

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This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, Jan. 10, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.