Note: The following information is based on an initial review of incident reports and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all incidents reported to us. The blog reports do not include sex crimes, domestic abuse, reporting of juveniles, medical reports, and other sensitive police reports.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
In recent months, the Brookline Police Department has received complaints
of sandwich boards interfering with the flow of pedestrian traffic on
sidewalks in commercial areas. One of these complaints came from a
visually impaired resident who fell trying to navigate around a sandwich
board. With the safety of all our residents and visitors in mind, we
would like to draw your attention to Town By-Law 7.5.11 (below) which
prohibits placing obstructions on any public street or sidewalk.
We are asking businesses to please remove sandwich boards from public
sidewalks immediately so that shopping areas will be safe for all to visit
and enjoy. The Brookline Police will be undertaking education and
enforcement efforts to assist in compliance.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Daniel C. O’Leary
Chief of Police
SECTION 7.5.11 OBSTRUCTIONS
No person shall place or cause to be placed in any street
or upon any sidewalk of the town, any lumber, coal, iron,
trunk, bale, box, crate, cask, package, article, or
anything whatsoever so as to obstruct a free passage for
travelers, nor allow any of the same to remain more than
one hour after being notified by a police officer to remove
it, except that nothing herein contained shall be construed
to prevent the use of streets and sidewalks for building
purposes upon obtaining a permit from the Board ofSelectmen.
An Upland Rd. resident reported that he observed two males run from a neighboring driveway to a parked vehicle and take off towards Walnut St. Several vehicles in the area had been broken into and had property stolen. Dispatch gave a description of a gray sedan with a stripe down the side. Officers observed a vehicle that matched this description traveling on Harvard St. at a high rate of speed and without its headlights on. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Harvard St.
Inside the vehicle in plain view were numerous car cell phone chargers, GPS units, and an assortment of tools. Also located in the vehicle was a laptop and several pieces of mail from a Clark Ct. address. Officers spoke to the residents of this address, who stated that two of their cars had been broken into. The victims stated that they were missing a laptop and a GPS unit.
The driver and the passenger were both placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Burglarious Tools, 2 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, and 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property over $250. At 7:30 AM on 4/5, an additional victim on Cushing Rd. reported a breaking and entering of his vehicle. The victim positively identified property seized from the arrestee’s vehicle. The two arrestees will additionally be charged with receiving stolen property under $250.
Larceny: Occurred on between 4/4 and 4/5- Harvard Ave.
An individual reported a larceny. The victim stated that she parked her vehicle on Harvard Ave. at 5:00 PM on 4/4. When she returned the next morning, she discovered that both driver’s side wheels were missing and that the vehicle had been left set on cinder blocks.
Arrest: Occurred on 4/4 at 8:15 AM- Cypress St./ Boylston St.
An officer stopped to assist in the exchanging of paper work after a motor vehicle accident at Cypress St. and Rt 9. Upon the officer’s arrival, the male operator of the second vehicle was argumentative and demanded his paperwork back from the female operator of the first vehicle. The male subject reached into the other vehicle and attempted to forcibly remove his paperwork out of the hand of the female subject, striking the female’s arm. The officer attempted to stop the male subject, at which time the subject pushed the officer twice. The subject was placed under arrest for assaulting a police officer.
At 11:21 AM, officers responded to the Brookline Bank for a report of suspicious activity. Bank employees stated that a white male subject wearing a hat, sunglasses, and a black hooded sweatshirt had just walked into the bank. The employees asked the subject to remove his sunglasses, at which time the subject exited the bank and met up with another white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
At 1:30 PM, officers responded the Blue Hills Bank for a report of similar suspicious activity by a person who fit the description of the male at the Brookline Bank. Employees of this bank stated that the subject exited the bank and boarded an inbound train at Beacon and Harvard. An officer stopped a train at Beacon and St. Mary’s, where he was able to locate a subject fitting the description on board. An employee of the Blue Hills Bank positively identified this subject as the suspicious male in the bank. Based on surveillance images, it was determined that this subject was also the male who had been in the Brookline Bank. Officers located another male subject who had been in the company of the first male. Based on the totality of the circumstances, the two men were placed under arrest and charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
Officers learned that the two men were presently staying in a Beacon St. hotel, and that the hotel room was believed to contain evidence of illegal activity. Officers kept the room under surveillance while awaiting the issuance of a search warrant. A female subject exited the room where she was stopped by the police. A search warrant was issued for the hotel room. The search produced items believed to be evidence from a recent bank robbery in Pittsfield. The three subjects are also believed to be connected to a recent bank robbery in Boston on 4/2. The two male subjects and the female subject were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A vehicle was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Babcock St. and Harvard St. A query of the vehicle’s registration revealed that the registration as well as the registered owner’s license was suspended. The vehicle turned onto Harvard St., where the officer conducted a traffic stop. The driver was confirmed to be the registered owner, and he was placed under arrest for Operating after Suspension.
Arrest: Occurred on 4/3 at 11:05 AM- Lee St.
A vehicle was traveling on Lee St. at a high rate of speed. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Lee St. A query of the driver’s information revealed that his license was suspended and the vehicle’s registration was revoked. The driver was placed under arrest for Operating After Suspension, Operating an Uninsured M/V, and Operating an Unregistered M/V.
Larceny: Occurred on 4/3- Greenough St.
A Brookline High School student reported a larceny. The victim stated that she left her bicycle unlocked on the bike rack at the high school. When she returned, she discovered that the bicycle had been stolen.
Larceny: Occurred on 4/3- Tappan St.
An individual reported the larceny of a credit card and cash from his wallet. The victim stated that he left his belongings unlocked in the locker room at the Brookline Aquatic Center. When he returned, he discovered that a credit card and cash had been removed from his wallet.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A vehicle was traveling at night without its headlights illuminated. This vehicle also failed to stop for a stop sign on Beacon St. at Westbourne Terrace. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Beacon St. A query of the driver’s information revealed that his license was suspended. The driver was placed under arrest for Operating after Suspension.
OUI: Occurred on 4/2 at 6:35 PM- Beacon St.
Officers witnessed a motor vehicle accident on Beacon St. Upon speaking to the operators of the involved vehicles, the officer could detect a strong odor of alcohol emanating from one of the drivers. A query of this subject’s information revealed that his registration and license were both revoked. Based on the observations, the subject was placed under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor. He was additionally charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs, Operating After Revoked License, Operating After Revoked Insurance, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Open Container.
Arrest: Occurred on 4/2 at 4:46 PM- Newton St.
A vehicle traveled past the intersection of Lee St. and Warren St. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle also had an expired inspection sticker and a defective taillight. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Newton St. A query of the driver’s information revealed that his license and registration were both suspended. The driver was placed under arrest for Operating after Suspension.
Monday, April 2, 2012
A vehicle was traveling on Boylston St. at a high rate of speed. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Boylston St. A query of the driver’s information revealed that his right to operate in Massachusetts was suspended. The driver was placed under arrest for Operating after Suspension.
Arrest: Occurred on 4/2 at 1:28 AM- Harvard St./ School St.
A vehicle was traveling without a functional headlight. The officer conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Harvard Street and School Street. A query of the driver’s information revealed that his license was suspended. The driver was placed under arrest for Operating after Suspension.
Larceny: Occurred between 3/28 and 3/29- Beacon St.
An individual reported that her laptop computer had been stolen from her office. The victim stated that she left her office at 8:30 AM on 3/28. When she returned at 7:30 AM on 3/29, she noticed that her laptop was missing and that the office door was slightly ajar. No other items were taken from the office.
Breaking and Entering: Occurred on 4/1- Naples Rd.
A Naples Rd. resident reported a breaking and entering. The victim stated that when he woke up on 4/1, he noticed several jackets had been knocked off hooks on the basement door, which had been left open. The victim did not notice any items missing from the residence at this time. The victim stated that he returned home later in the day to find that windows to the basement had been forced open. It does not appear that any personal property was taken from the apartment.
Shoplifting: Occurred on 4/1 at 1:40 PM- Harvard St.
Officers responded to TJ Maxx for a report of shoplifting. A loss prevention employee stated that he observed a subject place items from the store in his jacket and attempt to leave without paying for them. The subject was placed under arrest for shoplifting.