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UPDATED April 5: The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from March 26 through April 1.

No arrests were reported.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, March 26

4:59 p.m. – Suspicious Condition. An Arlington woman called 911 after spotting what appeared to be an unattended young child near Summer Street. After parking and exiting her car, she stayed with the 4-year-old until a member of the household came out to take over. Arlington Police Department officers arrived to find the youngster reunited with family, then spoke with the parents, who said that the child’s older brother was providing care but that the preschooler had managed to slip out the front door while the brother was distracted by trying to find information online about MBTA schedules. Officers explained to the parents that the incident would have to be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. The APD categorized the incident as a non-emergency.

Wednesday, March 27

8:45 a.m. – Larceny over $250 by False Pretense. A Fox Meadow Lane resident filed a police report that someone claiming to represent Bank of America had called “to confirm a purchase” that she had supposedly made. The resident hung up and then called Bank of America itself, which confirmed her suspicion that the bank had never made such a call and that the caller had probably been a scammer getting set to make a pitch. No money changed hands.

9:47 a.m. – Accident without Injury. A 56-year-old Arlington man allegedly backed out of a Mass. Ave. driveway, and his Ford F150 pickup truck collided with a 2000 Nissan traveling west on Mass. Ave. When police arrived, the pickup driver immediately and politely volunteered that he was driving on a suspended license, adding that he had been too broke to arrange alternative transportation. He gave no excuse for having caused the crash. APD spokesman Capt. Richard. Flynn noted that operating on a suspended license is more serious than driving on an expired license but that either way the operator is subject to arrest (or not) at the officers' discretion.  In this case, the Ford 150 driver was not arrested but did receive a criminal citation for operating with a suspended license and failure-to-yield.

Friday, March 29

3:39 p.m. – Neighbor Disturbance. Three female residents of a Winslow Street apartment building contacted police to document an interaction with a male co-resident who they said had made them feel “threatened.” The report claimed that the man had approached the three in the building lobby and aggressively questioned them about various issues having to do with the building's management. Officers spoke to the man in question, who said that he had felt entitled to address them as he did because “they were all in the tenants' association.” Flynn commented that, from the police standpoint, it's “OK to argue” and that it's not APD's responsibility to enforce civil discourse. In this case, he said, officers concluded that the claimed level of threat was not high enough to warrant further police action.

Saturday, March 30

10:40 p.m. – Accident without Injury. A 48-year-old Arlington man driving a 2016 Dodge collided with a parked 2018 Cadillac on Amsden Street allegedly after taking his eyes off the road to pick up a dropped cell phone. Police arrived to find serious damage to both cars, but no injuries. After checking out a neighbor's video of the accident and running the cars' plates, officers wrote citations to the Dodge owner for negligence and to the Cadillac owner for an expired registration. Flynn commented, “The moral here is clear: If you drop your cell phone while driving, pull over and stop the car before trying to retrieve it.”

6:20 p.m. – Dog Bite. A Woodside Lane resident was walking with her grandchildren near Symmes Circle when they reportedly crossed paths with a man exercising his pet Rottweiler. Though leashed, the powerful animal was able to lunge at her and break away from its owner's control, terrifying the children -- and leaving the grandmother with a minor injury to the chest. When the dog bounded off, the owner was unable to call it back. Police officers arrived and tried to encourage the grandmother to get medical treatment, which she refused. The officers helped look for the dog, who still could not be found. Flynn said that an animal control officer will work with the Rottweiler, when found, and its owner, to make a judgment on how vicious it is and, hopefully, to determine how better to control it to avoid such confrontations in the future.

Sunday, March 31

8:06 p.m. – Suspicious Condition. A Medford Street resident called police to report a potential scammer who had called her after her dog went missing and she had placed notices containing her cell number on a number of social media and other internet sites. The caller asked for her name and address, which the woman didn't give, but then, instead of providing information about her dog's current location, the caller asked for $30 for a lead; i.e., a location where the caller claimed that he might have spotted it. The woman declined the offer.


March 29, 2024: Police blotter March 19-25: Driver, 96, loses grip on Lake Street; hoarding situation discovered


This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, April 4, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn. It was updated April 5, to clarify the terms of the citation in the collision at 9:47 a.m. March 27.