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The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from May 21 through 27. No arrests were reported.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, May 21

3:08 p.m. – I. D. Fraud. A 58-year-old Arlington woman contacted APD to document an attempted fraud. She detailed how she had applied for a payroll assistant position advertised online, interviewed with the “company” via Zoom and received an offer to start in May. She was then told she would receive an advance payment in the mail and was directed to send money of her own (amount not given) for “preliminary expenses.” During the conversation she was reportedly asked for and gave personal information, including her Social Security number, but no bank information. She then wisely waited a few days for the “company's” check to clear before sending any money of her own. When it didn't, she correctly concluded that she was dealing with a scammer. She hadn't let her drive to land a job affect her judgment.

Thursday, May 23

9:01 a.m. – Accident with Injury. Motorists on Park Avenue near Paul Revere Road called 911 to report a bicyclist lying motionless on the roadway. Police and fire emergency personnel arrived to find the cyclist unconscious, still straddling his bike, with bleeding scratches and abrasions on his face. Receiving care from EMTs, the man, a 47-year-old Arlington resident, recovered consciousness but had no memory of a crash, stating only that the last he knew he had been pedaling north on Park Avenue on his way to work. Police found no witnesses, nor did there appear to be cameras to check in the vicinity. Forensic work by officers on the scene gave no indication that the cyclist had been struck by a vehicle. Asked whether he had any medical condition that could have caused him suddenly to faint, the cyclist answered no. He agreed to be taken to a local hospital for evaluation; his bike was removed to the station to be stored.

6:15 p.m. – I. D. Fraud. Police were called to the aid of a 95-year-old Arlington woman who had been upset by repeated calls from a male party with a “strong accent” claiming to be an insurance company representative, who pressured her for personal information and would not take no for an answer. Too polite to simply hang up, the woman had repeatedly suffered the man's stern listings of disasters that could happen to her if she didn't accept his “coverage.” Almost as soon as she would manage to end one call the man would ring back and start in again. When APD officers arrived and tried to calm her, she told them she didn't think she had given him any personal information. Bottom line: no money lost. APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn commented, “Some of these [perpetrators] just call a lot of numbers, find someone who sounds vulnerable and try to wear them down. They don't deserve any politeness: It's OK to hang up on them.”

Saturday, May 25

9:01 a.m. – Accident with Injury. Police and fire units rushed to the bike path crossing on Lake Street following a collision that left a 70-year-old Belmont cyclist splayed on the road with possible rib injuries. The cyclist was struck by a 2023 Nissan Rogue driven by a 24-year-old Arlington man who claimed he'd had a yellow light when the cyclist had cut in front of him. The impact, he told police, had knocked the cyclist off the bike and lifted the bike up onto the hood, where a handlebar had struck his windshield. After two motorists who had pulled over to serve as witnesses agreed that the light had been red just before the Nissan's forward movement, officers served the Nissan driver with a citation for failure to stop. The Belmont man was brought to a local hospital; a later report indicated that he was in stable condition.

6:27 p.m. – Neighbor Problem. A Huntington Road couple visited APD headquarters to complain about their new next-door neighbor, saying that they had “had enough” after months of not getting along. They recounted the most recent incident, in which the neighbor had stood on the property line for several minutes, staring mutely at them when they were trying to eat their dinner. The husband reportedly tried to be friendly, shouting, “Hey, how about a beer?” to which the neighbor allegedly responded with a “derogatory remark.” The police report didn't specify any specific grudge at issue between them. Officers counseled the couple to limit relations with the man, also mentioning the option of seeking a harassment-prevention order.

8:10 p.m. – Breaking and Entering. A 66-year-old Gardner Street resident notified police, reporting that someone had apparently broken into her house through her bedroom window while she was away. She found her mail, checkbook, passport and other papers rearranged and rifled through. Arriving officers found no obvious signs of forced entry and noticed that the house contained no security cameras. The householder had not completed her inventory of possible missing items at the time of the report. Police detectives continue to investigate, and officers are keeping extra watch over the area.

Monday, May 27

3:45 p.m. – Breaking and Entering Nighttime for Felony. A 34-year-old woman whose apartment on Mass. Ave. had been damaged badly enough by fire on April 22 to force her to relocate, reported to police that when she returned on Monday for one of her regular checks on her belongings, she found many of them missing, apparently because of a break-in Sunday night. Among the missing items were jewelry, clothing and electronic devices. Officers arriving at the building found damage to a wood panel on a rear door possibly consistent with attempted forced entry. The woman told officers she suspected co-residents of the building but had no supporting evidence to offer. Police are checking for available security footage in the area.


May 24, 2024: Police blotter May 14-20: Two crashes with injuries, credit card woes, dog bite


This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, May 30, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.