Police Log: Man Impersonates Police Officer; Men Smash Business Window

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

Car break-in 

Police responded to Greenough Street on Wednesday, Oct. 10, after a resident reported someone had broken into his Honda Civic overnight. 

According to reports, the resident parked the car in his driveway around 9 p.m. Tuesday and thought he locked his car doors. When he returned around 9 a.m. Wednesday, though, the glove box was open and it appeared as though someone entered the vehicle.

Waltham man faces license charges

A Waltham man was arrested Wednesday after police pulled him over and found he was driving without a license.

According to reports, police noticed the vehicle after the driver did not use a turn signal when turning on to Scribner Park from Lexington Street. The driver was also not wearing a seatbelt. 

After pulling the driver over, police found he did not have a license.

Guilmer Jimenez-Reyes, 22, of 79 Hollis St. #4, was arrested and charged with driving without a license. Jimenez-Reyes was also wanted on a warrant out of Waltham District Court for failure to appear, police said. 

Man impersonates police officer

A Centerville, Mass. man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly impersonated a police officer in a Newton Centre parking lot.

According to reports, the reporting party told police he pulled in to the municipal parking lot on Langley Road Tuesday night when a man wearing a neon green vest stepped in front of his vehicle and approached the driver's side window. 

The driver said the man in the vest then stated he was a police officer and reached into the car. The man in the vest also mumbled something incoherent, reports said.

Once the driver questioned the man's status as a police officer, the man in the vest began to back away. 

When police arrived on scene, around 8 p.m., they located the suspicious party and identified him as Willie Gill, 49, of 44 Midway Dr. Gill was arrested for impersonating a police officer and disorderly conduct, police said. He was also wanted on an active warrant out of Barnstable. 

Shoplifting at Whole Foods

Police responded to the Whole Foods at Four Corners on Thursday after a man reportedly stole several items from the grocery store. 

According to reports, the store's loss prevention agent noticed a man put a number of energy bars in his jacket and then walked toward the store's exit. The suspect paused for a moment at the exit and pretended to read a sign as he looked around the store. As the store's loss prevention agent approached the suspect, the suspect left the store and walked out into the parking lot.

The Whole Foods employee followed the suspect and told him to return the stolen items, or he would call the police. At that point, the suspect turned around and returned the energy bars from his jacket as well as a shrimp dumpling, and told the employee to go ahead and call the police.

As the employee called police, the suspect continued to walk away toward Walnut Street and eventually hopped the brick wall into the Newton Cemetery. The man appeared to pull other merchandise from his jacket as he ran, reports said. 

The suspect was described as a white male in his early 20s, around 5'11" tall, 180 pounds with messy blond hair. He was reportedly wearing an orange coat and black skinny jeans.

Police searched the area around the cemetery with negative results.

Suspicious man hits two mall stores

Police responded to the Mall at Chestnut Hill Thursday for two separate shoplifting incidents that possibly involved the same suspect.

An employee at Solstice Sunglasses in the Mall at Chestnut Hill told police Thursday that a man walked out of the store with a pair of Gucci sunglasses and did not pay for the eyewear.

The man was described as a black male in his 20s wearing a Burberry vest, white scarf and baseball hat. 

Employees at the Kate Spade store reported a man with a similar description who was hanging out around the watch display. The man was asking random questions and acting suspicious, the employees said. 

When a woman in the Kate Spade store began to make a commotion over by the shoe section, employees became distracted. When they returned to the watch display, they noticed the man was gone and six watches were missing.

Men smash pizza shop window

Police responded to D&A Pizza Friday after a resident reported someone had smashed a window at the pizza shop.

According to reports, the reporting party was woken up by two men talking loudly on Watertown Street. The man then heard glass breaking and when he looked out the window, the pizza shop's window was smashed and the two suspects were running down Watertown Street. 

The man was not able to get a clear description of the suspects. Police searched the area with negative results.

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


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