Man Initially Tells Police Pocket Picked at Town Day, Wallet Replaced with Wooden Pig

Incidents and arrests in Arlington from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 13-16.

The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Man Initially Tells Police Pocket Picked at Town Day, Wallet Replaced with Wooden Pig

A Morningside Drive resident told police at about 1:56 p.m. Saturday that someone had possibly picked his pocket earlier that day at Arlington Town Day and then left behind a wooden pig in the pocket where his wallet had been.

The man hypothesized to police that the thief may have done this so that he wouldn’t notice the missing weight of his wallet.

He said he was still at Town Day when he reached into his pocket shortly after 1:30 p.m. to grab his wallet and “found only a small wooden pig,” according to the police report. He said he did not remember dropping his wallet or leaving it behind somewhere.

Police told the man to immediately cancel all of his cards, and they placed the wooden pig into evidence. However, later that afternoon, at about 4 p.m., the man called back to say that he had located his wallet and nothing was missing.

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Couple Allegedly Steals Wallet from Artwear, Racks Up $6,000 in Charges

A couple allegedly teamed up Friday evening to steal a wallet from a woman working at Artwear and then went straight to The Shops at the Prudential Center in Boston and racked up $6,000 in fraudulent charges.

The woman told police at about 9:27 p.m. that night that the couple had come into the art store on Massachusetts Avenue at about 7 p.m. She said the male had distracted her for about 15 minutes near the front of the store, while the female was near the back of the store. The couple was in the store for about 20 minutes, she said.

After the couple had left, at about 7:45 p.m., the woman noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse. She then received a call from American Express’ fraud department notifying her that her card had been used at the Prudential for $6,000. She immediately had all of her cards canceled, she told police.

The woman described the male as a white/Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with short dark hair. The female was a short, heavy-set white female with bleach blond hair, the woman said. She also had a raspy voice, she said.

iPad Reported Stolen from Construction Site

Police responded to a construction site on Mill Street at about 2:02 p.m. Thursday to investigate a past larceny.

Once there, officers spoke with the reporting party, a foreman for a plumbing and heating company, who said that someone had stolen an iPad earlier in the day from his makeshift office in the building, which is under construction. The iPad and its case are worth $690, according to the man.

Bicycle, Car Collide on Mass. Ave.

Police responded to the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Franklin Street at about 8:34 a.m. Thursday for a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist.

When police arrived, the bicyclist was being treated for a minor injury to his right hand, according to the police report.

The operator of the vehicle told police that he was stopped at a red light on Franklin Street, and that when the light turned green, he proceeded to take a left onto Massachusetts Avenue, toward Cambridge. He said while he was turning, the bicyclist crashed into his passenger side door.

The bicyclist told police that he was making a left turn from Massachusetts Avenue onto Franklin Street when he struck the vehicle. He said that the driver was to the left of the centerline. When he was asked by police if he had a green light, he said he thought he did, but he said he was unsure.

Police believe that the driver had the right of way and that the bicyclist may not have stopped at a red light. A witness told police that the driver “did nothing wrong.” She said “it appeared to be an unfortunate accident and that nobody was really at fault.”

The bike sustained damage to its front wheel. The vehicle had tire abrasions on its passenger side.


Notable Incidents from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 13-16

Sunday, Sept. 16

8:38 p.m., Locke Street, Criminal harassment

5:49 p.m., Appleton Street, Breaking and entering into a motor vehicle

11:40 a.m., Lowell Street, Bike larceny

10:25 a.m., Park Avenue, Motor vehicle crash, leaving the scene of property damage

9:41 a.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Motor vehicle crash without injury

Saturday, Sept. 15

7:58 p.m., Hillside Avenue, False fire alarm

1:56 p.m., Morningside Drive, Larceny from a person (see above)

12:36 p.m., Old Colony Lane, Motor vehicle crash with injury

11:34 a.m., Gray Street, Motor vehicle crash with injury

8:19 a.m., Margaret Street, Threats

Friday, Sept. 14

9:27 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Larceny from a building (see above)

9:11 p.m., Gardner Street, Assault and battery

8:33 p.m., Wollaston Avenue, Motor vehicle crash without injury

8:16 p.m., Homer Road, Breaking and entering at night for felony

5:31 p.m., Highland Avenue, Speeding

5:26 p.m., Sunnyside Avenue, Motor vehicle crash, leaving the scene of property damage

5:04 p.m., Municipal Lot, Mystic Street, Motor vehicle crash with injury

4:35 p.m., Dudley Street, Suspicious condition

3:29 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Larceny over $250

2:35 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Motor vehicle crash with injury

11:33 a.m., Fairmont Street, Malicious damage to a motor vehicle

9:44 a.m., Marathon Street, Operating a motor vehicle in violation of license class

Thursday, Sept. 13

9:05 p.m., Mystic Street, Drugs, possession of a Class D substance

9:03 p.m., Plymouth Street, Larceny under $250

6:49 p.m., Cedar Avenue, Arrest, breaking and entering during the day for felony

5:42 p.m., Egerton Road, Motor vehicle crash, leaving the scene of property damage

2:02 p.m., Mill Street, Larceny from a building (see above)

12:21 p.m., Park Avenue, Larceny over $250

8:34 a.m., Avon Place and Massachusetts Avenue, Bicycle crash (see above)

8:27 a.m., Lowell Street, Larceny of a license plate

8:19 a.m., Victoria Road, Larceny under $250

Tim September 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Wooden Pig thats classic.... I found a Hippo in mine.......
D. Macaris September 26, 2012 at 03:27 PM
LMAO...I'm sorry, but I can't stop laughing at this...just picturing the poor cop trying to keep a straight face, "Wait, let me see if I've got this right...someone went into your pocket and replaced your wallet with a wooden pig?? Get the Hell outta here before I PC your ass" hahahaa
Mary T September 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
How old was this man? Perhaps he forgot he bought the pig and left his wallet elsewhere! LOL.


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