Belmont Police Log, July 13-21: Roll over collision due to cell phone distraction

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.

Thursday, July 13

8:31 p.m.: Weber Road resident reported attempted break-in. She left her apartment yesterday at 9 a.m. and came home at 7:30 p.m. She noticed the window at the back of the house was open a couple of inches. She then noticed the screen on the outside was more than half way up. She closed both the screen and window. She also noticed her bathroom window lock is broken. It appears there was no entry but it looks like there was an attempt.

Friday, July 14

9:09 a.m.: School Street resident reported fraud. She recently applied to have her passport renewed and was still waiting to receive it. Her husband received a replacement in the mail but he did not apply for one. She believes he may be a victim of identity theft since they never applied. The date of issue was May 18, 2018. She said the new photo may be AI generated. She was advised to contact banks and credit cards in her husband’s name to let them know about the potential identity theft. She is also contacting the U.S. Passport Agency.

Saturday, July 15

11:13 p.m.: Area of Thomas Street, report of suspicious activity. A resident said he saw a dark SUV with an unknown amount of passenger exit a vehicle on Cherry Street. He heard the sound of what he believes to be a carjack and metal scraping against the street. Shortly after, the SUV took off. He was concerned they may have been attempting to steal a catalytic converter. Officers searched the area and were not able to find any evidence of tampering.

Sunday, July 16

12:29 p.m.: A Fairview Avenue resident reported a branch from a town tree fell on a motor vehicle parked on the street. The tree was on the cemetery side of the road. A 2017 Chevy. The owner of the vehicle said he heard a loud noise. The tree was removed. There was minor damage and scratches to the Chevy, including the roof. There were dents and scratches on the rear trunk had dents and scratches and paint damage.

2:39 p.m.: A Hoitt Road resident reported fraud. She received a text message from her Instacart account about an attempted purchase from Dick’s Sporting Goods, $600 without her permission. The address on her account was also switched to an address in Springfield. She was advised to inform the credit card company attached to her Instacart company and close the Instacart account.

Tuesday, July 18

5:17 p.m.: Area of Park Avenue, 2022 Hyundai operated by an Arlington woman and a 2016 Kia operated by a Belmont woman. The operator of the Hyundai was rear-ended by the Kia. There was a lot of traffic on Park Avenue. The operator of the Hyundai complained of neck pain and was evaluated by Belmont Fire and Rescue. The operator of the Kia said she was not able to stop in time and received a citation for following too close.

9:55 p.m.: Criminal complaint against an Everett man for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and an unregistered motor vehicle.

Wednesday, July 19

6:35 a.m.: Report of vulgar language written on the Belmont High track at Harris Field. The “N” word was written in sand on the track. It was written across each lane of the track. Officers also observed “M + H” with a heart around it written in sand on the track, also. The suspects were identified using video surveillance footage.

Thursday, July 20

1:50 p.m.: Malden woman reported harassment. She is a home health aid for a Belmont resident who lives in an apartment on Trapelo Road. A male who lives in the next apartment is harassing her. She has seen him take photos of her vehicle and license plate when she is leaving and he sometimes mumbles when she walks by him. She was advised to call the police if there are any more incidents with this man.

10:32 p.m.: Roll-over collision in area of Pine Street and Trapelo Road. A 2021 Ford operated by a Woburn man struck a 2016 Audi owned by a Belmont man and a 2022 Mazda owned by a Braintree woman. The Ford was flipped over on its left side in the middle of the roadway. Two parked vehicles on Trapelo Road were also struck. The operator of the Ford said he received a text and was looking down at his phone when he struck a parked vehicle and rolled over to the left side. Both airbags deployed and he climbed out through his passenger side window. He said he was ok and did not need medical attention. Belmont Fire and Rescue evaluated him. A witness said he saw the red Ford collide with two parked vehicles. The registered owners of the parked vehicles were notified. A field sobriety test was performed on the operator which he passed. Officers convinced the operator to go to the hospital. He was transported to Lahey in Burlington. The Audi had severe damage to the driver’s side and was towed. The operator of the Ford was issued a citation for using electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, first offense and marked lanes violation

Friday, July 21

8:57 a.m.: Officers filed a criminal complaint against a Revere man for operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.

Between July 13 and July 20 Belmont Police responded to seven domestic calls, including a charge of assault and battery on a family member, and 11 mental health calls


July 18

10:42 p.m.: An Allston woman was arrested. Warrant charges: OUI liquor, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, speeding, OUI liquor, third offense and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense.