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

New iPhone, new thefts

A manager at the AT&T store on Boylston Street told police last week that a man came into the store and stole a new iPhone 5. 

According to reports, the incident happened on Friday, Oct. 12. The suspect was described as a black male, 6'1" tall, wearing a grey sweater and black pants. The suspect fled toward Legal Sea Foods, the manager said. 

Stolen iPad

Police responded to National Lumber on Needham Street last Friday, Oct. 12, after a customer reported someone stole his iPad while he was shopping.

According to reports, the customer is a vendor who was looking for materials for his company. While he walking through the aisles, he left his iPad in his cart to look at something in a different aisle. When he returned to the cart, the iPad was missing. 

Employees searched the store for the iPad with negative results. 

Vehicle break-in on Highland Avenue

A man came in to Newton Police Headquarters on Friday, Oct. 12, to report that his car was broken into sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday. 

The man said he parked his car near the corner of Highland Avenue and Highland Park and locked the vehicle. When he returned to the car, though, he found the contents of the centre console all over the front seat. 

Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. 

Police break up large college party

Police responded to an Adams Avenue home on Saturday, Oct. 13 for reports of a loud party.

When they arrived on scene and walked into the house, officers found the basement packed "wall to wall with approximately 100 college-age students."

As a result, a 22-year-old Newton man will have to appear in court for charges of keeping a noisy and disorderly house.

Man threatens landscaper with a (BB) gun

Police responded to a home on Cavanaugh Path Saturday, Oct. 13, after a landscaper reported someone threatened him with a gun.

According to reports, the landscaper was using a leaf blower on a yard on Cavanaugh Path when a man came out of a house with what appeared to be a black handgun. 

The landscaper said the man with the handgun threatened to kill him if he blew any leaves onto his property. The suspect then went back into his home. 

After investigating further, police found the gun was a black "Phantom" BB gun, which looks like a black semi-automatic handgun. The BB gun was loaded, reports said. 

As a result, a 52-year-old Newton man will be charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (BB gun), threat to commit a crime and obstructing a criminal investigation, police said. 

Domestic incident leads to arrest

A Winthrop man was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 13, after police responded to Grant Street for reports of a domestic disturbance.

As a result, Kenneth John Manning, 32, of 312 Winthrop St., was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, police said. 

Larceny at another AT&T store

Police responded to the AT&T store on Needham Street Sunday, Oct. 14, after an employee reported a theft from the store.

According to the employee, three men entered the store through the back door, walked right up to the display case and each suspect ripped a phone from the case (a black iPhone 5, a white iPhone 4S and a red Samsung Galaxy S III). The suspects then ran outside, where they split up.

Two men ran down Kenneth Street and another male ran down Needham Street. 

The suspects were described as three black males, all 6' tall, wearing jeans, hooded sweatshirts and covering their faces. 

Suspicious person at Newton North

Police responded to Newton North High School Tuesday after a suspicious man reportedly came to the front desk and asked to see the pool. 

The person at the front desk told the suspect that he would have to contact the Newton Parks & Recreation Department to schedule a tour of the school's pool facility. The suspect then left the building. 

A short while later, a Newton North student aide found the suspect in the athletic department trying to open doors. When the aide asked the suspect if she could help him, the suspect said he wanted to see the pool. 

The aide told the man he would have to see the front desk. At that point, the man said he had already been to the front desk and left the building. 

Shoplifting at Whole foods

A 42-year-old Natick woman was caught shoplifting from the Newtonville Whole Foods, police said.

According to reports, the loss prevention officer at the store saw the woman conceal several items in her bag and walk out of the store. 

The woman was issued a no trespassing order for the store.


The following information was provided by the Wellesley Police Department, reported by Wellesley Patch:

Man faces second OUI

A Newton man found asleep in his running car in front of Comella's was arrested and charged with his second operating under the influence offense last week.

Nikolai Gorbunov, 29, of 164 Adams St., Newton was spotted by a Wellesley Police officer sleeping in the front seat of his car on Washington Street Oct. 13. The officer detected an odor of alcohol and determined he had been drinking.

After admitting to consuming alcohol, the officer placed Gorbunov under arrest.

The following information was provided by the Boston Police Department, reported by Roslindale Patch:

Man arrested on kidnapping warrant out of Newton

A Brookline man was arrested in Roslindale on a warrant for kidnapping, breaking and entering at nighttime, and assault and battery.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police STOP TEAM made a forced entry into 46 Highcrest Terrace in Roslindale on Oct. 15 around 6:43 p.m., according to a Boston Police report. The Boston Police Fugitive Unit assisted the state police.

Police arrested Shawn Redden, of 217 Kent St., Brookline, on a warrant out of Newton District Court issued on Oct. 7. 

The suspect was transported to Boston Police District E-5 for a courtesy booking, and then was released to the custody of the Newton Police Department.


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


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