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Police Log: Smashed Windows at Several Businesses; Man Charged for Pulling Fire Alarms

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

Three businesses broken into Tuesday 

Police responded to a number of incidents involving broken glass windows at Newton businesses on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Police responded to Piccadilly Market on Union Street in Newton Centre early Tuesday, just after midnight, for a glass break alarm. When officers arrived on scene, they found the front window shattered with glass pieces scattered everywhere and a large piece of stone on top of the broken glass.

Witnesses on scene told police they observed a white male wearing a black shirt and black shorts run from the alley across Beacon Street toward the municipal parking lot off Langley Road. 

Two State Police K-9s were called to the scene to search for the suspect, and a trace was followed to the at Four Corners, but nothing was found. 

Police also responded to Tuesday for another report of a glass break/burglar alarm. When police arrived on scene, they found the front exit door of the business was smashed and a softball-sized rock was discovered on the floor nearby. 

According to reports, State Police K-9s also responded to the scene in Auburndale to search for the suspect and a scent led the dogs to Commonwealth Avenue/Rowe Street area and then to Wolcott Street and Webster Street and down to the corner of Cherry Street and River Street.

Police then reported to the Pizza Mart at the corner of Cherry Street and River Street for reports of an attempted break-in. 

Police found one of the glass doors to the Pizza Mart was shattered and a rock was left on the ground near by. The suspect did not appear to gain entry to the building. 

Car break-in

Police responded to Cypress Street Tuesday after a man reported that someone had broken into his car sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday.  

According to reports, the pickup truck was parked in the driveway around 5 p.m. Monday night. 

Man charged for pulling fire alarms

A 30-year-old Newton man is facing charges after he allegedly pulled a number of fire boxes near Washington Street Tuesday. 

According to police reports, officers responded to 275 Washington St. for the fire alarm (street box). A short while later, another street box at the corner of Washington Street and Channing Street was pulled.

After the Fire Department reset the two boxes, police were canvassing the area when they spotted a man walking very slow and "nervously looking around." Police spotted the man turn down Adams Street where he was standing near another fire call box. 

Then, as police were turning around to speak to the man, a call came in for another fire alarm coming from a street call box. The pulled alarm was at the corner of Washington Street and Adams Street, near the man the police had spotted.

There was no other pedestrian in at least two blocks, police said.

As a result, the Newton man was charged with three counts of tampering with fire alarm and three counts of disorderly conduct. 

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

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