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Police Log: Bike Thief Spotted and False Reports of an Armed Man

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

Armed man?

A Newton man was cited for making false crime reports after he claimed an armed man was outside his apartment waving a handgun at him. 

According to reports, police received a call from a resident at the Walnut Street Apartments Saturday night who claimed a group of men buzzed his apartment and one of the men was "armed."

When the dispatcher asked the caller to elaborate on the situation, he did not. Instead, he hung up, reports said. Police responded to the apartment complex but did not find anything.

Reports noted that police responded to the same address on March 2 for a similar report of a man with a weapon. At that time, police spoke with witnesses who said they did not see anyone outside the apartment complex. 

After returning to headquarters and looking through their system, police found that both reports (the one made Saturday and the one on March 2) were called in from the same cell phone number. 

Police then returned to the apartment complex and knocked on the door of the caller with no answer. Police could hear someone was inside, but no one came to the door, reports said. 

Calls made to the reporting party also went straight to voicemail.

As a result, police will issue two complaints for "false report of crime to police" to the 26-year-old Newton man.

Bicycle thief spotted

Police responded to Albemarle Road Sunday after a resident reported a man tried taking a bicycle from her front porch.

According to reports the woman saw the man -- described as 6-feet tall, heavy-set, wearing a white baseball hat and a grey hooded sweatshirt -- walk onto her porch and try to take a bike. He was unable to steal the bike because it was locked. 

The man then walked down the stairs with two other men and headed toward Watertown Street, reports said. The other males were shorter and one was walking with a bicycle, the resident said. 

Police canvassed the area with negative results.

Vandalism

Police responded to Walden Street on Monday after a resident reported someone wrote on the column of his front porch with magic marker, reports said. The incident happened sometime Monday between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., reports said.

Domestic dispute leads to arrest

Police responded to Vernon Street Sunday after receiving reports for a domestic disturbance. 

Sigmund Kharasch, 18, was arrested for domestic assault and battery, police said. 

Warrant arrest

A Boston man was arrested on a straight warrant Saturday, police said.

Tristan Dylan Alie, 22, of 8 Sussex St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant for domestic assault and battery and use of a motor vehicle without authority. 

Assault incident

A 26-year-old Waltham woman will have to appear in court after she was issued a summons for domestic assault and battery, police said. The summons was issued Saturday night.

Tank top thief

An Anthropologie employee at the told police Saturday someone stole 10 tank tops from the store sometime between 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

Trespassing at the Starbucks

A 53-year-old Newton man will have to appear in court after he violated a no trespassing order at the on Saturday.

Unwanted party

Police responded to Upland Avenue on Saturday for reports of an unwanted party. As a result, a 50-year-old Brookline man will appear in court for breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, police said.

Mulch thief

A 29-year-old Newton man will appear in court on larceny charges after he allegedly stole mulch from a dump truck on the campus.

According to reports, police responded to the college Friday afternoon to speak with someone who witnessed the theft. The man will also be charged with using the school dump truck without authority, reports said. 

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

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