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Police Log: Man Accosts Teens; Rash of Popped Tires; Break-in Suspect Caught

The following information was supplied by the Newton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Shoplifting at City Sports

Police responded to the City Sports in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 26 after an employee reported a shoplifting.

According to reports, the employee saw two females in the store and believe they had stolen merchandise. After the suspects left, the employee saw a number of broken security tags near the area where the women were hanging out.

The employee could only provide a description for one woman, who was described as black female in her late 40s wearing a puffy yellow jacket, black hat, jeans and black shoes

Break-in suspect spotted

Multiple police units responded to Oakdale Road on Nov. 27 after a resident reported spotting a man breaking into a vehicle parked in a driveway on the street. 

According to reports, the witness spotted the suspect searching through vehicles with a flashlight. The witness went and knocked on one of the car windows, which prompted the suspect to flee (in an unknown direction). 

The suspect was described as a black, heavyset male, around 5'6" tall, wearing a black winter coat, black pants and a fur hat. 

Officers arrived on scene and searched the area with the K-9. The dog tracked a scent west on Oakdale Road and south on Woodcliff Road, but lost the scent near the intersection of Woodcliff and Alexander.

Tires targeted on Hunter Street

Police responded to Hunter Street on Nov. 27 after three people reported their car tires were popped sometime overnight.

In all three reports, residents found one or both of their driver's side tires popped. All three residents had parked their cars in their driveways around 5 p.m. Monday and found the popped tires Tuesday morning. 

Stolen package

A woman on Morse Street told police on Nov. 27 that someone had stolen a package from her front porch. 

According to reports, the package was delivered on Nov. 21. When the woman realized the package was missing, she called the U.S. Postal Service, which confirmed the package had been delivered to the front porch.

Storefront vandalism

Employees at Lash L'Amour in Newton Centre told police on Nov. 27 that someone had vandalized their outside sign.

According to reports, someone took down the sign and ripped it into pieces, scattering the pieces along the block around Lash L'Amour. Employees believe the incident happened on Nov. 25. 

Car vandalized, part stolen

The owner of Greenscape Corp. came in to Newton Police Headquarters on Nov. 27 to report that one of his trucks had been vandalized.

According to reports, the man parked his brand new, 2012 Ford F250 in a lot on Nov. 21 and the car was functioning fine. When his employee when to move the truck on Nov. 23, he noticed something was wrong. 

After inspecting the truck, he realized the catalytic converter was removed "with a clean cut," possibly with a saw. 

Break-in suspect caught

A Newton man was arrested on Nov. 27 after he was caught trying to break into several cars on Border Street.

According to reports, witnesses described the suspect as a white male wearing jeans and a black jacket with writing on the bottom. The suspect reportedly fled in the direction of Yellow Cab (25 Border St.)

Police responded to the cab company to ask if any of the employees had seen the suspect. Police then spotted a white man wearing jeans and a black jacket that read "Polo Jeans" on the bottom. 

The witness confirmed with police that this man was the suspect who tried to break into the vehicles. 

As a result, Steven O'Connor, 45, of 10 Prospect St., was arrested and charged with attempt to commit a crime (breaking and entering into a motor vehicle). 

Man arrested after accosting teens

A 42-year-old man was arrested last week after he allegedly drove without a license, accosted a group of teens and assaulted the teens with his cane. 

According to reports, police responded to Pine Street by Kerry Court on Nov. 27 after three teens reported a man who had yelled at them and then left in a red pick-up truck. 

The teens told police the man seemed "out of control" as he followed them and tried to start a fight. At that point, the teens called the police. 

When officers arrived on scene, they ran the information for the suspect in the red truck and found his license was suspended. 

James Terrance Notartomaso was arrested for driving with a suspended license as well as a default warrant out of Cambridge, police said. Police will also summons him to court for charges of assault (with his cane) and threats to commit a crime, reports said. 

Police did not have an address listed for Notartomaso.

Car break-in

A woman came in to Newton Police Headquarters on Nov. 27 to report that someone had broken into her car. 

According to reports, the woman parked her car in her driveway on Nov. 26 around 11 p.m. and when she returned to the car around 3 a.m., she found the car had been rummaged through. The vehicle was left unlocked. 

Man arrested on warrants

A Newton man was arrested Nov. 28 on two separate warrants, reports said. 

Adam Israel Levy, 21, of 19 Baldwin St., was arrested on a warrant out of Newton District Court and a warrant out of Worcester District Court, police said. 

For questions on this police blotter, email Editor Melanie Graham at Melanie.Graham@patch.com.

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