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Police Log: Shoplifting, a Suspicious Person and a Stolen Car Battery

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

Stolen car battery

A man told police on January 4 that someone had stolen his car battery out of his truck while it was parked in a parking lot off North Street.

According to reports, the theft happened sometime between 4:30 p.m. on January 3 and 6:30 a.m. January 4.

Newton man arrested on warrants

A Newton man was arrested January 4 on multiple warrants, reports said. 

Gregory E. Nathan, 35, of 2 Mechanic St. #1, was arrested on warrants out of Dedham and Somerville District Court, police said. 

Stolen bicycle

A woman came into the Newton Police Department on January 5 to report that her son's bicycle was missing. 

According to reports, the woman's son secured his bike to a fence along Bullough Pond on January 2 around 7:35 a.m. The bike was still there on January 3 at 3:45 p.m., but by January 4 it was missing.

The bike was described as a black, BMX-style bike with "HARO" in yellow lettering. It also has rear foot pegs and a torn seat. 

The bike was secured with a combination chain lock, which was also taken from the scene. The only thing left was the bike helmet, reports said.

You didn't pay for those coats

A Boston man was arrested on January 5 after he allegedly stole two coats from the Marshalls on Needham Street.

According to reports, the man entered the store, took two Columbia jackets off the rack and proceeded to go to the rear of the store and cut the tags off. The man then put the coats on and attempted leaving the store. 

An employee stopped the man on the sidewalk outside the store.

Neville E. Jenkins, 45, of 311 Tremont St. was arrested and charged with shoplifting and possession of burglarious instruments (scissors), police said. He was also issued a no trespassing order for Marshalls.

Suspicious person and stolen tools

Police responded to Anthony Road on January 5 after a resident reported a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

According to reports, the resident spotted a suspicious man walking between his home and Anthony Road. The man eventually ran across the street into a gold/yellow sedan that was left running.

The homeowner told police he ran outside the house and yelled "Hey!", startling the suspicious man.

The homeowner then saw the man throw a box in the back seat and drive down Albemarle Road toward North Street.

After the incident, the homeowner went to the backyard and noticed a white box was missing. The box contained jumper cables, a DeWalt drill and sockets, reports said. 

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s with a thin build, wearing black pants, a black hoodie and black gloves.

Car break-in at the supermarket

A woman who parked her car in the Auburndale Star Market parking lot on January 6 told police her glove box was rummaged through while she was in the store. 

According to reports, the incident happened sometime between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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

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