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The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from May 14 through 20. No arrests were reported.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, May 14

10:43 p.m. – Accident with Injury. Following a crash of her 2006 Hyundai Sonata into a parked car on Mystic Street, a 33-year-old Arlington woman told officers she had heard a squeaking noise from her car, felt something “lock up,” then “overreacted,” veering her vehicle into a hard sideswipe of a parked Jeep. The woman, who had been on her way to work via Winchester, reportedly struck her head in the crash and complained of pain in her cheekbone, for which she later refused medical treatment. Accepting her account of an unforeseeable malfunction, officers judged her not at fault. The Hyundai received serious damage to its right front panel and was towed; the Jeep was badly battered and scraped along its entire left side, but its owner chose to leave it where he'd left it, parked in front of his house. 

Wednesday, May 15

8:47 a.m. – Accident with Injury. A 71-year-old Arlington woman traveling east on Water Street stopped at the Minuteman Bikeway crosswalk to let a group of bicyclists pass. As she told police on the scene, she thought the entire group was safely across and started edging her vehicle forward, only to have her 2021 Mazda struck by one more bicyclist, a 16-year-old Arlington girl who later told police she thought the driver would let her pass to join her group. The girl suffered a left-foot injury and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. As the officers determined there was some ambiguity about who had the right of way just prior to the crash, no citations were written.

10:14 a.m. – Identity Fraud. A Pine Street resident filed a citizen report stating he'd received a phony call from someone posing as an Xfinity rep who claimed the credit card used to pay his monthly charge “no longer worked.” The man then apparently obliged the caller by giving enough personal information to open a new account, the first statement for which arrived a month later with $1,300 in charges. No detail was given whether or how the charges were resolved.

2:35 p.m. – Larceny Under $250 by False Pretense. A Twin Circle Drive resident visited APD headquarters to report having been notified by his credit card bank that his card had been compromised and that someone had somehow charged an iPhone purchase to his account. Fortunately for him, the bank reimbursed the purchase, canceled the account and set up a fresh one. Possible takeaway: Choose a credit card bank that offers this level of service and protection.

3:46 p.m. – Break-in at a Commercial Building. The landlord of a vacant laundromat being rehabbed on the 200 block of Mass. Ave. called police to report a break-in after a plumber on site told him a rear door had apparently been kicked in and left open. The door showed a scuff mark from what looked like a boot kick. Police assisted in checking the building, where the landlord found nothing missing or damaged. A shopkeeper next door provided security video that surprisingly showed the door had been open for at least seven to 10 days. APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn commented there was no way to determine when the actual break-in had occurred.

Thursday, May 16

3 p.m. – Neighbor Problem. An Oakland Street resident called police to complain about recently moved-in neighbors who had installed a spotlight in their back yard that left her feeling sure they were “watching” her. After conferring with the neighbors, who agreed with the suggestion to point the beam away from the woman's house, the officers relayed that news back to the complainant, along with the assurance that no one had been intending to spy on her. All parties were reportedly satisfied.

Sunday, May 19

12:34 p.m. – Disturbance, Suspicious Condition. A 21-year-old Cambridge man called APD to report an altercation he'd had with an older man in a parking lot over who would be next to use an electric car-charging station. The young man said he had driven his Hyundai Ioniq 5 into a lot in the 600 block of Mass. Ave. and occupied the one available station when he was reportedly approached by the older man insisting that he had been next in line. When younger man proceeded to hook up his car anyway, telling the older man he would be only a few minutes, that only enraged the elder, who allegedly approached, “smacked” his face, and shoved him against a car. When the younger man said he would call the police, the elder decided it was time to leave -- and reportedly drove off swearing and gesticulating. When police arrived, the young man told them he wasn't seeking charges but merely wanted to document the matter.

7:20 p.m. – Larceny under $1,200. The mother of a 13-year-old whose electric scooter had been stolen called police to report that she had seen an older boy riding what looked like her son's scooter around the neighborhood. She told police she had located the older boy, 17, and rung the buzzer of his house, only to learn that he had just “slipped out” by a rear door. Revisiting the house with her son and police officers, she was allowed in and her son permitted to view the scooter, which he identified as his own. The 17-year-old was called from his bedroom and, after a back-and-forth with the officers, reportedly decided it might be best for him to confess. The 13-year-old reclaimed his scooter, and the 17-year-old took his criminal complaint.

Monday, May 20

11:46 a.m. – Accident without Injury, Vehicle Door Negligently Left Open. A 55-year-old Arlington woman received a citation for negligence after opening the driver's door too suddenly after parking on the 600 block of Mass. Ave. A westbound International truck reportedly plowed into the open door, damaging both vehicles. “The police don't accept any excuse for opening a door in the path of an oncoming vehicle,” Flynn said.

2:38 p.m. – Animal Bite. An out-of-town urgent care facility sent APD word that a female apartment dweller on Symmes Circle had received treatment for a dog bite. When officers investigated later, the woman told them she had been walking toward the lobby when an apartment door had opened and two large dogs (breed not given) had rushed at her, one biting her arm. When officers spoke with the apparent owner, she said the dogs actually belonged to her ex-husband in Tewksbury and that she was just dog-sitting for him. The officers then spoke with the building manager, who said this had not been the first such act of aggression from the dogs; that he had already forbidden the tenant to keep them in her apartment; and that he would repeat the injunction, this time more forcefully and, hopefully, to better effect.

May 17, 2024: Police blotter May 7-13: Vandals smash windows of three stores, one church

This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published early Friday, May 24, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.