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UPDATED Jan. 19: The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from Jan. 9 through 15. No arrests were reported.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, Jan. 9

8:34 p.m. – Accident without Injury. Two Arlington drivers' vehicles collided at Appleton Street and Claremont Avenue when one of the two drivers allegedly ignored a stop sign. Too hurriedly entering cross-traffic, that driver in a northbound Rivian pickup truck struck an oncoming Hyundai Sonata traveling west on Appleton Street. Police arrived on the scene and quickly found the pickup driver to be clearly at fault, issuing him a failure-to-yield citation. Neither driver was injured ,and neither vehicle needed a tow.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

1:22 p.m. – Found Property (for Destruction). A Harris Circle resident visited APD headquarters to request disposal of her brother's collection of swords. The woman told police that her brother had agreed to remove the weapons from the house. The collection, consisting of seven military and samurai blades and scabbards, will be tagged by police for destruction. APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn noted that the department frequently accepts weapons and other dangerous items, including firearms and ammunition, for safe disposal.

5:09 p.m. – Accident without Injury. An Arlington resident crashed her Tesla into two parked cars while traveling west on Gray Street near the Highland Avenue intersection. The woman told police that her “autopilot was on” and that as a result she suddenly felt her steering wheel pull to the right. Her car then struck an Audi and a Toyota Tacoma, badly damaging both and causing an extended traffic tie-up on Gray Street. Airbag deployment may have saved the woman from injury. All three vehicle owners exchanged information, and the Tesla was towed. The police report did not indicate that the woman received a citation, but Flynn commented that alleging failure of autonavigation features, such as lane-control assist, cannot provide an excuse for loss of control of a vehicle.

5:28 p.m. Identity Fraud. A Mass. Ave. resident reported to police that his Microsoft laptop had displayed an error message saying he was now locked out and providing a phone number to call to unlock it. Upon dialing the number, he spoke to someone who gave a pretext for needing his bank account information. After giving the information but later having second thoughts about having done so, the victim contacted the bank and was told that an unknown party had made two withdrawal attempts on the account, but that no funds were actually removed. The final status of his laptop was left unreported.

Thursday, Jan. 11

10:57 a.m. – Suspicious Condition. A Madison Avenue resident called police to report that two men were spotted trying to open a neighbor's white Infiniti with a screwdriver. Police arriving at the scene found the car still in its driveway with pry marks around a window, but no suspects. After a search of the area turned up negative, officers continuing the investigation eventually reached the car's owner, who gave the explanation: that she had been the one who had managed to lock herself out of the car -- and that the man seen trying to open it was her brother-in-law, whom she had asked for help. Case closed.

Friday, Jan. 12

9:14 p.m. – Larceny, Extortion by Threat of Injury. A Victoria Road resident told police that he had come under personal threat from a woman he had met on a TikTok messaging app. After several weeks of phone contact – by which point the victim believed that he and the woman had entered a relationship – the woman allegedly started asking him for money. Initially, he sent the sums she asked for but then became suspicious of her reasons and motives. When he stopped promptly sending the demanded amounts, she allegedly said she would publish pictures of him that he had sent her if he didn't immediately resume payments. Police are investigating.

Saturday, Jan 13

10:18 a.m. – Neighbor Problem. A Renfrew Street resident called police requesting harassment protection from a nearby neighbor. After investigating, police determined that the harassment had been mutual between the two, with each party directing criticisms and menacing looks at the other. Based on their accounts, police concluded that the parties represented threats to each other and that placing them under “harassment prevention” for their own safety was warranted. According to Flynn, under harassment prevention, parties are ordered to refrain from mutual threatening behaviors. If this fails to solve the problem and three or more reports of further violations follow, Flynn said, offending parties may be charged, taken to court, and made subject to stricter cease-and-desist orders and other consequences.

Sunday, Jan 14

10:10 a.m. – ID Fraud. A Milton Street male contacted police about what appeared to be a phishing scam. He told police that while on a third-party home page in Facebook, he was directed to upload a screenshot of his driver's license. After going ahead and doing this, he soon had doubts about whether doing so had been wise. After having time to think and get advice, he concluded that he should notify police and probably get a new driver's license. Police have logged this incident for investigation, and a new license is in progress.

5:22 p.m. – Larceny over $250 by False Pretense. A 51-year-old Fessenden Road resident called police to report that he had been scammed out of roughly $2,000 by a woman he'd befriended on Facebook. After some period of time, believing they were in a relationship, he agreed to her request for him to provide her with serial numbers beneath the seals of Apple and Amazon gift cards he was to purchase; in exchange, she promised to send him pictures of herself. Several rounds of this ensued until he became suspicious. The victim showed officers a picture from the scammer of a blonde woman who, according to the report, looked to be 20 to 25 years old. Police are investigating.

Monday, Jan 15

4:39 p.m. – Identity Fraud. A Brooks Avenue woman contacted police saying that she had received an email thanking her for the purchase of antivirus software that she knew she hadn't ordered. When she called a customer support number given in the email, she was assured that she had indeed made the purchase but that the company would undo the transaction if she would provide them with her bank information. The woman reported having given out some information but apparently not enough to compromise her account. Still, to be safe, she told police, she intended to cancel all her credit cards. The report did not say whether the police had any planned follow-up.


Jan. 10, 2024: Police blotter Jan. 2-8: Out-of-town vehicles strike 2 car on same day 


This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn, and updated Friday, Jan. 19, for clarification on the entry for Friday.