Police Log: Cologne Crook Expands His Thieving Range
Incidents reported by the Belmont Police Department does not indicate a conviction.
Should have quit
May 25 – Around 10:30 p.m., Belmont Police needed to settle a dispute between a cabbie and his passengers near Trapelo and Beech. After calming everyone down, the officer saw that the passengers, a young couple, were a little worse for wear. After sitting them down in the nearby Dunkin' Donuts, the officer was told by the taxi driver that the man became argumentative when the cabbie would not give him a cigarette. Back at DDs, the officer discovered that the man had provided him a false name. And for good reason: there were a pair of outstanding warrants for his arrest from the Waltham court. Patrick Faherty, 27, from 50 Webster St. in Weymouth, was taken in for the warrants: possession of a class A drug (that would be your heroin, morphine, GHB, Special K, etc.) with intent to distribute and simple possession of class B drugs (coke, oxy, meth, LSD, uppers, downers and the like).
Teen and booze, yet again, leads to arrest
May 25 – Just before 11 p.m., officers were called to a big loud party happening up on Washington Street. When they arrived, they were greeted by a young man with a beer in his hand. Several young women were inside the house while an undetermined number of young people were seen hightailing it from the scene out the back door. When asked about the little shindig, the young man with the beer suddenly got quite belligerent. Police decided to arrest Harley Clark, 18, of 11 Benjamin Rd., for being a minor in possession of alcohol but not before he attempted to spit on them. A 17 year old who lived at the house was given a summons to appear in court for furnishing liquor to minors.
O U-ey I
May 26 – It was just before 4 a.m. when an officer stopped at a red light saw a car heading towards him on Slade Street suddenly make a quick - and illegal - U-turn. Curious, the officer decided to ask the driver why he didn't signal his intended maneuver. Turned out that the driver, Scott McDonald, 31, of 65 Robilliard in Gardner, Mass., apparently was drinking as there was a strong odor of alcohol during their conversation. The charges: OUI liquor along with failure to use his turn signal.
Cologne Crook targeting expensive accessories
May 26 – Like a Great White Shark who has found out where the seals hang out, the Cologne Crook has decided that Belmont is his happy feeding grounds. Known for targeting the Macy's men's fragrance counter on four separate occasions, this big guy – he's over six foot and more than 300 pounds – has expanded his thieving territory to include a consignment business on Leonard Street where he popped in and took two handbags valued at $320. A clerk saw CC climb into a dark SUV double parked on Leonard. The police are investigating him.
May 27 – It was early Sunday morning, a time usually reserved for the Sunday Times and lingering over that first coffee. But not for a White Street resident who came downstairs to discover a middle-aged man eating her cake in the kitchen. She was startled because she had never seen him before. Police quickly arrived to find the man, a 41-year-old Waltham man, sitting in the backyard, still eating cake. He told the officers that he had been kicked out of every place he had ever been at and no one would let him stay with them. He also said he had two bottles of root beer. It was quickly determined that the poor man would best be helped not in jail but being evaluated at a mental health facility. Belmont Fire Rescue transported him. He was also charged with breaking and entering at night.
Someone else's shopping spree
May 29 – A Merrill Avenue woman discovered that this month she owes $3,200 in credit card charges to Kohl's, Target, TJX and Macy's. Only that she never applied for the cards and she was not in Connecticut on the days the items were purchased. She has no idea how someone got all the information needed to have the cards issued in her name.