Please pay attention to the sector 2 report entitled “Threats by Phone.” Recently there have been several incidents in which Brookline residents have received phone calls threatening harm to loved ones unless money is sent to the caller. These calls have proved to be fraudulent scams perpetrated by an unknown caller in an attempt to get money. If you receive a similar phone call, please contact the Brookline Police Department.
Malicious Damage: 09/27/2013 at 7:00 a.m. – Gibbs St.
An officer was dispatched to a residence on Gibbs St. after receiving a report of malicious damage. Upon arrival, the officer was met by the resident, who showed the officer his front steps which had been drawn on with ketchup. The damage is not permanent.
Larceny: 09/23/2013 at 4:10 p.m. – Harvard St.
An officer was dispatched to a business on Harvard St. after receiving a report of past larceny. The officer was met by the store manager who stated he had just become aware of a larceny which occurred in his store on September 23, 2013. Employees became aware of the theft when they discovered price tags stuffed behind greeting cards in the store. A review of video surveillance revealed an African American female in her mid-thirties removing the price tags from approximately $500.00 worth of merchandise and stuffing it into her bag before exiting the store.
Malicious Damage to a Vehicle: 09/28/2013 at 10:30 a.m. – Freeman St.
An officer was dispatched to a residence on Freeman St. after receiving a report of malicious damage to a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer was met by the owner of the vehicle, who informed the officer that his windshield had been smashed at some point during the night. A smashed vodka bottle was next to the car and appears to have been used to cause the damage to the car.
Threats by Phone: 09/27/2013 at 12:30 p.m. – Brookline Av.
An officer was dispatched to Brookline Av. after receiving a report of a threatening phone call. The officer was met by the victim who stated she received a phone call from an unidentified, male caller who told her he had her brother and would harm him if she did not pay the caller $1200.00. After getting off the phone with the caller, the victim called her brother and confirmed that he was safe and unharmed. She was informed by the officer that the phone call was likely a scam. The victim has not received any further calls.
Larceny: 09/27/2013 at 1:30 p.m. – Harvard St.
An officer was dispatched to Harvard St. in order to take a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim informed the officer that his bike was secured with a cable style lock, which appeared to have been cut by a bolt cutter.
Larceny: 09/29/2013 at 2:41 p.m. – Mason Tr.
An officer was dispatched to a residence on Mason Tr. after receiving a report of past larceny. Upon arrival, the officer was met by the victim and her niece, who explained that she believes her aunt has had several items stolen from her by an employee. The victim’s niece stated she noticed several discrepancies in her aunt’s bank account as well as several expensive items missing from the house such as a china clock and jewelry. The matter is currently under investigation.
Larceny: 09/27/2013 at 8:45 p.m. – Beacon St.
Several officers were dispatched to a business on Beacon St. after receiving a report of an armed robbery. The officers were met by an employee who stated a man in dark clothing came into the store and threatened him with a gun. The employee proceeded to give the man the money from the cash register. After taking the money, the suspect fled the scene. On scene, the officers were also met by a male subject who stated he had given a ride to several of his friends to the store. The friends entered the store and exited quickly, instructing him to drive away. The man stated he became suspicious that his friends had done something illegal while in the store and ordered them to get out of the car. He then returned to the store and spoke to officers. Upon further investigation, the officers were able to make contact with the three individuals who received the ride to the store. They denied having used a gun to take money from the store. A review of the store’s video surveillance revealed two separate incidents of larceny occurred within the store minutes apart. A man in dark clothing entered the store, using a gun to threaten the store’s employee and taking cash from the register. After the initial robbery, three young men entered the store and observing no clerk, proceeded to take several small items from the store without paying.
Disorderly Conduct: 09/28/2013 at 3:41 a.m. – Fisher Av
An officer was dispatched to a residential building on Fisher Av. after receiving a report of a disorderly person. Upon arrival, the officer observed a male subject who was unsteady on his feet and appeared disheveled. The officer was met by the Security Night Sargent, who informed the officer the man had aggressively attempted to gain access to the building and became very agitated when he was denied entry. The man proceeded to threaten the officer and shout obscenities. He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.
Larceny: 09/29/2013 at 10:29 a.m. – Addington Rd.
An officer was dispatched to Addington Rd. in order to receive a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim stated she left her bike unlocked in her open garage where it was taken.
Operating After Revocation: 09/30/2013 at 8:06 p.m. – Gardner Rd.
An officer observed a vehicle make an illegal right hand turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop on Gardner Rd. A query of the operator’s information revealed he had a revoked license. The operator was placed under arrest for Operating After Revocation.
Larceny: 09/28/2013 at 8:20 a.m. – Walnut St.
An officer was dispatched to Walnut St. after receiving a report of larceny. Upon arrival, the officer was met by the victim who stated she was attending church and briefly left her purse unattended on a pew. When she returned to her seat, she found her purse was missing.
Larceny: 09/27/2013 at 2:45 p.m. – Boylston St.
An officer was dispatched to a business on Boylston St. after receiving a report of larceny. Upon arrival, the officer was met by the Office Manager who stated an employee had a large sum of money stolen from her purse. The purse was left under the employee’s desk for a brief period of time at which time someone took the money. Fellow employee’s consented to a search of their belongings, which yielded no results.
Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle: 09/27/2013 at 9:30 a.m. – Lee St.
While on the desk, an officer received a report of a Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle. The victim stated that his vehicle was parked in front of his home on Lee St and was broken into at some point during the previous night. Several items were taken from the vehicle including a lap top, brief case, squash rackets, and a canvas bag. The victim believed his car was left unlocked.