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, July 6, 2017

7/5/2017

7/5/2017

12:00 a.m.: An officer returned a found phone to the front desk of the police station. The cell phone had been found at Larz Anderson Park. A previously dialed number was called and the individual was advised the cell phone was at the Brookline Police Department.

1:29 a.m.: While patrolling Skyline Park, officers observed a small fire inside of a town trash receptacle. During a closer assessment, officers observed a small package of fireworks on top of the receptacle. The Brookline Fire Department arrived on scene to extinguish the fire and did not find anything suspicious. No one was in the park at the time, but a surveillance camera may have captured the incident.

10:35 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to an address on Brookline Avenue for a graffiti complaint. Upon arrival, the reporting party and owner of the property stated the graffiti appeared sometime within the last week. The Community Service Division will be notified in an attempt to identify the tagger.

11:15 a.m.: An individual reported he was a victim of fraud. He stated that he had received a call from a company stating that his account was outstanding and he would need to pay via Moneypak to ensure his business would have electricity. The reporting party did so and received various calls requesting more payments. He contacted the company to discover the call was a scam. At the station, the party contacted the number and received a name and address not linked with the company and the phone number was tracked to a person and location.

7:01 p.m.: A citizen provided an officer with a wallet he had found on the side of the road near Beacon Street and Amory Street. Officers were unable to find a way to contact the owner and the wallet has been placed into evidence for safekeeping.

5:00 p.m.: A citizen approached an officer at the intersection of Beacon Street and Pleasant Street stating he had found some money and credit cards at Beacon Street and St. Paul Street. A license was among the items and the owner was contacted and will be retrieving his belongings.

7:00 p.m.: An officer observed a vehicle take a left turn onto Beacon Street from Harvard Street. This turn is not permitted and the officer conducted a traffic stop. The officer requested the operator’s driver’s license and registration which the operator initially declined; however, he did produce both items and was informed of the reason for the stop. Dispatch then informed the officer that the operator’s license was suspended. He was placed under arrest for operating after suspension and was issued a citation for Operating After Suspension, Refusal to Produce Driver’s License and Registration, and Posted No Left Turn. The vehicle was towed from the scene.


8:45 p.m.: A citizen filed a theft of a license plate report. When the owner’s vehicle was towed to a dealership due to an accident she requested her registration plates be removed from the vehicle. However, this request was not completed prior to the vehicle being towed to another location. The second towing company stated they did not have the plates and they were not on the vehicle when it was towed on 6/27. On 6/25, while still at the original dealership, the registration plates were still on the vehicle. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

6/30-7/04/2017

6/30/2017

1:52 a.m.: Officers and the Brookline Fire Department responded to an address on Park Street for an individual locked in their bedroom. With the resident’s consent, forced entry was used to enter the apartment. The resident was advised to contact her landlord to have the necessary repairs made.

1:45 a.m.: An officer observed a motorized scooter travelling east on School Street and turn south onto Harvard Street with no headlights on and neither of the two occupants wearing helmets. Later, the officer observed the operator turn left onto Kent Street without stopping at a stop sign. When the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the operator did not stop until he drove into the Muddy River Pathway, failing to stop at a red light in the process. The operator and passenger dismounted the scooter. The operator was placed under arrest and issued citations for Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Failure to Display Headlights/Taillights, Restricted Way Violation, Failure to Stop Red Light, Failure to Stop Posted Sign, No Helmet while Operating or Riding on Motorized Scooter, Unlicensed Operation, No Operation after Sunset,  and Allowing Passenger. The passenger was sent on his way and issued a citation for No Helmet while Operating on Motorized Scooter.

6:09 p.m.:  Officers were dispatched to a business on Beacon Street for a report of shoplifting. Upon arrival, an officer spoke to the owner of the business who stated a man had stolen an item form his store. He explained that the man was in the store with three other individuals and while the owner was speaking to the others, he thought he observed the man place an item in his pocket. He later checked his security footage and saw the event occur. The owner will do an inventory check to determine if anything else is missing and the surveillance footage is in police custody.

7/01/2017

7:15 a.m.: A citizen provided an officer with a wallet that was found in a parking lot on Harvard Street. The wallet contained a license and the officer attempted to contact the owner, but was unsuccessful. The wallet has been placed into evidence for safekeeping.

11:05 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to an address on Franklin Street for a report of a bicycle theft. The reporting party stated he left his bicycle unlocked in the basement of his residence and had last seen it on 6/25, but when he returned to the basement on 6/30 he noticed the bicycle was gone. The doors to the basement were not locked.

10:04 a.m.: Detectives and officers went to an address on Governors Road in Winthrop to affect the arrest of an individual for multiple outstanding warrants. The individual was placed under arrest without incident.

2:11 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to the Lawrence School Park for a driver in the rear playground. The driver had driven his vehicle onto the playground path and while attempting to turn around hit a Town of Brookline light pole. An officer carefully drove the vehicle out of the park to be retrieved later. The operator was taken to the station and later given a courtesy transport home.

7:28 p.m.: An individual reported his car had been broken into. The reporting party stated he had left his unlocked van parked on Elm Street and between 12:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. someone entered the vehicle and stole his wallet. He was advised to cancel all his credit cards and contact the credit bureaus regarding the incident.

6:12 p.m.: An officer observed a red motor cycle travelling on Boylston Street stop for a red traffic signal in the right turn only lane. When the vehicle failed to make a right turn after getting the green light, the officer in his cruiser pointed for the operator to pull over, but instead the operator fled at a high speed toward Cypress Street. Other officers in the area and dispatch were notified of the incident. From a partial plate obtained by another officer, the registered owner was identified. At 7:00 p.m., officers drove to the owners address and observed a red motor cycle in the driveway. The owner of the vehicle answered the door and was informed he would be summonsed to court and was issued citations for Failure to Stop Police Officer, Operate to Endanger, Speeding (Unreasonable), and Marked Lane Violation.

7/02/2017

5:36 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to an address on Fuller Street for a past hit and run. The reporting party pointed the officer in the direction of his vehicle which had damage to its rear left wheel and the entire left side of the vehicle. He stated he parked the vehicle at approximately 1:10 p.m. and returned to it at approximately 5:30 p.m. to find the vehicle damaged. The party was advised to contact his insurance company.

10:26 p.m.: An officer responded to an address on Beaconsfield Road for a house lock in. Upon arrival with Brookline Fire, the reporting party stated an individual was locked in the bathroom. In order to gain entry to the room, Brookline fire removed the door handle and caused slight damage to the door lock, door and frame. The reporting party stated they would notify their landlord regarding the damage.

7/03/2017

Officers conducted a follow-up investigation regarding an incident that occurred on 6/28 involving a Health Department employee at an address on Harvard Street. An employee at a business on Harvard Street was found to be in violation of town and state laws involving tobacco sales. A town Health Department employee returned to the business to issue a violation to the owner of the establishment who she stated acted belligerent toward her, began yelling, and threw something on the floor in anger. Officers returned to the business on 6/29 and spoke to the owner about the incident. They advised him that the investigation was completed by the Health Department and he should not exhibit aggressive behavior toward town employees during the course of their duties. The reporting party was advised to contact the police if necessary during such instances.

4:09 p.m.: A citizen reported to the front desk of the police station she was the victim of an online scam. She stated she was looking to rent an apartment and after contacting a renter multiple times, she transferred money to an account. After the transaction took place, the renter did not return emails or texts and the reporting party was contacted requesting more money. The party declined the request and went to the address listed to find there was no apartment for rent and she was a victim of fraud. She is working with her bank to retrieve the money and will notify the police if she is successful.

4:27 p.m.: An individual reported an incident that occurred at her place of work on Beacon Street on 7/01. She stated that at approximately 2:45 p.m. she took a break in the locker room and returned her cell phone to her purse at approximately 2:40 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the cell phone was gone. The locker room area is unsecured. She was able to locate the phone in the rear parking lot. It was missing its SIM Card and Micro SD Card. Detective follow up has been requested.

6:40 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to an address on Freeman Street for a fire alarm sounding. Upon arrival with the Brookline Fire Department, the location of the alarm was located. Forced entry was necessary to enter the residence to determine that there was no active fire. On duty security personnel and the resident were notified of the situation.

4:17 p.m.: An officer responded to an address on Beacon Street for a report of fraud. The victim stated she found an apartment to rent on Craigslist and emailed the renter. She received a response requesting the fee to rent the apartment for a month. After sending the money, the reporting party did not receive a receipt and the renter stopped replying to her emails. The party was originally advised to wait until July 1st and if the rental did not go through to contact the police. On 7/3 she advised the officer that she was never able to rent the apartment and did not hear from the renter. The victim notified her bank when it was found the apartment did not exist. Follow up by the detective division has been requested.

10:40 p.m.: An officer responded to an address on Davis Avenue for a report of threats. Upon arrive the officer spoke to the reporting party who explained that he and his wife made arrangements to purchase a television advertised on Craigslist. They arranged to meet the seller, but due to the location and time of night, when the seller had not arrived, they left the area. They let the seller know they were no longer interested and received various texts that became threatening. Officers called the number the reporting party was in contact with and left a message but received no response. The reporting party was advised to block the phone number on his own phone and not to respond.

7/04/2017

9:58 a.m.: Brookline Fire and multiple police units were dispatched to an address on Green Street for a report of smoke in an apartment. The fire department determined the smoke/fire was caused by an overheated motor in a hood fan in the kitchen ceiling. The fire was extinguished and the fan was removed. The owner of the residence was advised to contact an electrician, contact his insurance company, and follow up with the Fire Prevention Office.


12:58 p.m.: While sitting at a red light on Kent Street waiting to turn onto Harvard Street, an officer observed a vehicle go through a red light. A traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of White Place and Washington Street. During the stop, the operator was found to have a suspended non-renewable license. The operator will be summonsed to court for Operating After Suspension and the Traffic Offense of Failure to Stop for a Red Light. He was sent on his way and the vehicle was towed form the scene.