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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

February 26th Police Reports

February 26, 2008


  • Occurred at 2:38 AM Walnut St. / Cypress St.

James Catlin, 22 yrs, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and Breaking and Entering.

Police responded to reports of a male lying down on his back in the middle of the road. When police arrived they noticed that the man was intoxicated. He was then placed in protective custody. During an inventory search, officers found a plastic bag with marijuana.

A short while later a victim called in for a report of a breaking and entering of his vehicle. When police arrived to process the vehicle they found a duffel bag with a name tag which matched the suspect’s.

  • Occurred at 5:17 PM Chestnut Hill Ave. / Channing Rd.

Garry Ginzburg, 59 yrs, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police responded to reports of a motor vehicle accident. A witness to the accident approached the officer and stated that he saw the suspect drive onto incoming traffic. While filling out incident reports officers noticed that the suspect seemed to be intoxicated. Mr. Ginzburg was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Occurred between 7:55 Pm and 8:32 PM 730 Commonwealth Ave.

Nelson Diaz, 27 yrs, was arrested and charged with ID Fraud, Forgery, and Larceny.

Franklin Tran, 27 yrs, was arrested and charged with Larceny, Possession of marijuana, and Forgery.

Police responded to reports of a costumer possibly trying to pass a forged identification. The person who placed the call reported that the suspect applied for a store credit card. When the suspect was asked to produce a second ID, he handed the store employee a social security card. The employee felt that the ID seemed to be forged; at this time she received a call from an employee at another Radio Shack stating that someone had come into the store earlier trying to use a forged ID to open a line of credit.

When police arrived they asked the suspect for identification and were finally able to identify the suspect as Franklin Tran. They also asked the suspect how he got to the store. He told the officers that a friend had drove him. The suspect and his friend, Nelson Diaz were then placed under arrest.

Breaking and Entering

  • Occurred at 10:56 AM 175 Freeman St.

Victim reports that his vehicle’s window had been smashed. Nothing appeared to be taken form the vehicle.

Malicious Damage

  • Occurred at 9:36 AM 3 Alton Pl.

Police responded to reports that a store’s front window had been smashed. It appeared that no entry was made.


  • Occurred at 11:09 AM 140 Thorndike St.

Victim reports that when she retuned home from a week long trip she noticed that someone had broken into her apartment. When police arrived at the apartment they observed signs of forced entry around the door. Stolen from the apartment were a few pieces of jewelry and a laptop.

Motor Vehicle Theft

  • Occurred between 9:00 PM 2/25 and 10:00 PM 2/26 33 Pond Ave.

Victim reports that her rental car was stolen during the night out of the Brook House parking garage. The car is described as a Toyota Camry.


On February 25th alone there were 7 known cases of breaking and entering into motor vehicles. With each case it seemed as though the culprit was in search for valuables, particularly GPS units. The Brookline Police Department would like to share some crime preventions tips with the residents of the town.

  • When exiting your vehicle do not leave your GPS unit or other valuables in your vehicle.
  • If you must leave the device in the vehicle make sure to place it out of view, such as your glove compartment.
  • Leaving the device’s holder or stage in view, also informs people that there may be a GPS device in the vehicle, therefore make sure to take the GPS unit’s holder with you or place it out of sight.
  • If your GPS unit is mounted on your windshield it may tend to leave a suction cup marking on the glass. Make sure to also clean these markings from the windshield, to ensure that there is no evidence of the device in the vehicle.
  • Again, make sure not leave any valuables in your vehicle.

The vicinity of the Brookline and Boston line also had numerous incidents of breaking and entering.

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