Belmont Police Log, April 1-7: Overnight car break-ins in Winn Brook neighborhood

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.

Saturday, April 1

11:19 a.m.: Linden Avenue resident reported fraud. On Feb. 8th she wrote a check for $2,000 to pay off her mortgage and placed a check in the mailbox near Warwick Road. At the end of February she was notified by the mortgage company that they never received the check. She then discovered her bank froze the check after noticing it was altered to be payable to the name of Jasmine Fernandez Correia for $9,000.

8:13 p.m.: Criminal complaint filed against a Belmont man for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

11:42 p.m.: Collision into tree in area of 287 Washington St. A 2010 Lexus operated by a 25-year-old Cambridge man collided into a tree. When officers arrived the driver was sitting outside the vehicle on the ground. He said he was listening to a podcast when all of a sudden he had a ringing in his ear and doesn’t remember what happened before crashing into a tree on the side of the road. He was evaluated by Belmont Fire but refused further medical treatment. The vehicle sustained heavy front end damage and was towed from the scene. The tree sustained minor damage. The man’s father picked him up.

11:53 p.m.: A Common Street resident reported a stolen wallet. She took an Uber to Northeastern University at 9 p.m. on March 31. She accidentally left it in the Uber and called Uber to report the lost wallet. The Uber driver of the black Honda Odyssey denied having the wallet. On April 1 she received a notification from Bank of America about a failed attempt to use her debit card at a restaurant in Cambridge. There have not been any other attempts on her other credit cards which she cancelled. Her wallet also contained her Massachusetts driver’s license and student identification.

Sunday, April 2

7:34 a.m.: Criminal complaint filed against a Belmont man for using a motor vehicle without authority.

7:27 p.m.: Collision in area of Park Avenue and Frontage Road between a 2013 BMW operated by a Hingham man and a 2017 Mazda operated by a Quincy man. Belmont Fire also responded. There were no injuries. The operator of the Mazda was issued a citation for failure to give right of way to oncoming traffic and failure to yield at an intersection.

8 p.m.: A Belmont resident reported harassment. For the past couple of weeks they have received three threatening notes on their property with vulgar language. She has no idea who the letters are from.

10:14 p.m.: Collision into tree in the area of 200 Concord Ave. and Louise Road involving a 2023 tractor trailer truck operated by an Ontario man. The operator of the truck said he was transporting a delivery of cabinets to Belmont High School for the next morning. As he was checking where he needed to go on Concord Avenue, the branches of trees on the median started hitting the side of his truck so he started moving to the right into the biking and parking lane when the top of the trailer caught on a tree branch causing the tree to snap in half and rest across the roadway. The trailer sustained damage to the front right side and had a large hole in the roof. The Massachusetts State Police truck team arrived to investigate the accident. The truck was towed. The driver was issued a citation for marked lanes violation.

10:58 a.m.: A Belmont resident reported threats from someone against him and his wife’s lives from a former friend. They have not had contact with each other for more than a year. He is unsure why he is receiving these threats. He wanted the incident documented. Officers advised him to let them know if the threats continue.

Tuesday, April 4

11:46 a.m.: A Payson Road resident reported fraud. They received a call from their employer that someone filed an unemployment claim using her personal information. She has put a freeze on the personal information and all three credit agencies and was advised to contact the police if she sees any other fraudulent activity.

11:49 a.m.: The Belmont Human Resources department reported someone filed an unemployment claim using a town of Belmont employee’s personal information. The town employee said they never filed the claim. There has been no other fraudulent activity using their personal information. They will continue to monitor their accounts and notify the police department if there is any other questionable activity.

4:04 p.m.: A Mill Street resident reported larceny. At around the end of December she dropped off an Iphone at the UPS store in Belmont to be sent back to Verizon as a trade-in. She was recently contacted by Verizon that they never received the phone. She has discovered others have had similar problems with this UPS location concerning Apple products. The Belmont Police informed her they are in contact with UPS security.

4:23 p.m.: An elderly Watertown woman reported a suspicious person. Officers spoke to her at the Trapelo Road Dunkin Donuts. She said an unknown mail approached her window in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot displaying $100 bills. He asked her if he could exchange his money for her money. She refused and he walked away towards Beech Street. She described him as a Hispanic male, 25, 5-feet-four-inches tall, medium build, wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and brown pants. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the male.

8:57 p.m.: Officers filed a criminal complaint against a Belmont man for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle and marked lanes violation.

Wednesday, April 5

10:50 a.m.: A Belmont man reported a suspicious incident that occurred against his wife. She usually takes a walk while he is at work. She went to Waverley Oaks park and was approached from behind by a light brown-skinned male who showed her seven or eight $100 bills. She did not understand what he was saying because she does not speak English. She walked away from him quickly. They do not have any more descriptive information.

11:07 a.m.: A Somerville man reported an issue with a customer. He was hired to paint the interior of a Belmont resident’s home last month. He completed the job and was paid a partial sum of $5,000 prior to completion. She then wrote him a check for the remaining balance of $4,316.14 on March 22. When he attempted to deposit the check he was notified it bounced due to insufficient funds. When he reached out to the home owner via text message regarding the bounced check, she claimed he was overcharging her for the work he completed and she would be reaching out to a mutual acquaintance. He believes she is attempting to intimidate him into not pursuing the money owed. Officers gave him a demand for payment of a dishonest check form and advised him to complete it and send it to her in the mail. He also gave officers a copy of the bounced check for their records.

1:22 p.m.: Officers spoke to a Pepperell woman concerning suspicious activity. She is a real estate agent in charge of the sale of a property on Wilson Avenue. The property was set to close on Friday. Today, she drove by and noticed a shade was in a different position than it was the last time she was at the house. The property is supposed to be empty. No one is supposed to be living in it. She took officers to the top floor unit and informed them there was furniture moved into the unit. Officers also saw contractors on the first floor unit. Cabinets were ripped own and dry wall was put up. She will contact the lawyers involved with the closing.

Thursday, April 6

11:58 a.m.: A Blanchard Road resident reported a missing Iphone. She and her husband flew into Logan Airport on Delta Airlines the night before. At some point after they arrived at 11 p.m., she noticed she lost her phone. She notified Delta Airlines and spent hours at the airport trying to find her phone. She set her phone to notify someone if her phone was lost. At 11:30 a.m. this morning, the Find My Phone app on her husband’s phone notified her that her phone was turned on and immediately turned off. It was located in Randolph where there is an Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Officers spoke to the Randolph Police Department who said they would speak to Enterprise and try to retrieve the phone.

Friday, April 7

8:10 a.m.: A Cross Street resident reported two vehicles broken into, a 2015 Kia and a 2017 GMC. They were broken into some time between 9 p.m on April 6 and 8 am. That morning. The doors were unlocked and it did not appear anything was taken.

9:38 a.m.: A Simmons Avenue resident reported a 2011 Honda broken into some time between 7:15 p.m. the night before and 7:50 a.m. The vehicle was unlocked. It does not appear anything was taken.

10:38 a.m.: A Claflin Street resident reported two motor vehicles broken into, a 2010 Toyota and a 2003 Jeep. Both vehicles were parked inside the garage. They forgot to shut the garage door and some time between the night before and this morning the cars were broken into. The glove compartments and center consoles were open but nothing was missing. Both cars were left unlocked.


Belmont Police responded to five mental health calls and three domestics.