Inside Arlington

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Police blotter: Bullet on Broadway, lithium battery fire

Inside Arlington selected the following incident reports from the Arlington Police Department logs through August 23.

August 17 – Food delivery stolen
A resident of Warren Street reported that his doorbell video camera showed a man stealing a $114 food delivery off his front porch. Police searched the area for a Black male wearing a white T-shirt and white shorts, but were unable to locate the suspect.

August 17 – Bullet hole at Broadway Market
Broadway Market reported a shattered windowpane. Police found evidence that a bullet had been fired through the window, including some bullet fragments and a hole in a piece of cardboard. Police checked security cameras, but none showed a useful vantage.

August 18 – Disturbance at Robbins Farm
Residents reported a late-night basketball game in Robbins Farm Park. When police arrived, the players were gone. Noise on the basketball court was previously a frequent complaint from residents of Hawthorne Ave, but lately the park has been quieter at night.

August 20 – Lithium battery fire
A Browning Road resident reported an unattended lithium battery smoldering. The Fire Department inspected the debris. There was no sign of anything suspicious.

August 21 – Identity fraud
A resident of Mt. Vernon Street said that they had received a notice from their employer that someone had filed an unemployment claim in their name. The resident contacted the state unemployment agency and reported the situation to the police.

August 21 – Breaking and entering
A resident of Forest Street reported that between 12:30 and 10 p.m. someone had forced open their front door; there was a visible footprint on the door. The resident, who is new in the building, could not identify anything missing.

August 22 – Tires slashed?
Police responded to a report that two tires had been slashed on a car belonging to an elderly couple living in Drake Village. The report was filed by the couple’s daughter, who was concerned the damage may have been racially motivated. Police investigators determined that the tires had been damaged when the car struck a curb.

-Written by Inside Arlington based on information provided by APD.


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