The following arrest report is based on reports for March 26 through April 1. Look for weekday incident reports each Saturday, weekend reports each Monday, and arrest logs each Tuesday on Brookline Patch. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
Tuesday, March 27
Open container of alcohol in vehicle – Jason Lutz, aged 24, of Allston. At about 10 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle with a tinted plastic sheet over its license plate, making it hard to read the plate. Police pulled the vehicle over and determined that the driver had a suspended license. They located a bag of what appeared to be marijuana in his pocket, and a glass of rum and coke in the front console. Lutz did not appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and charged with an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, obstructing a license plate, and operating after a suspension, as well as a citation for possession of marijuana.
Thursday, March 29
Larceny by check – 27-year-old Aloyse Sonko, a Malden man. Police were called to Citi Bank on Commonwealth Avenue for a suspect allegedly opening fraudulent accounts. As an employee was processing the requested checking accounts, he was alerted to the fact that a man with the same name had attempted to open fake accounts in the past. An internal e-mail also instructed employees to contact police if a man using the name Aloyse Sonko attempted to open an account. According to the police report, this e-mail details eight accounts opened with Sonko's name, many of which are currently overdrawn. Police say the suspect would enter a bank minutes before closing, tell the banker he is making his initial deposit through the ATM, and then deposit a check from a closed account. Police were speaking with Sonko a few minutes before the bank closed, at 6 p.m., and when asked he reported having about $5 on his person at that time. Police arrested him and charged him with larceny by check and uttering with forged financial instruments.
Friday, March 30
Shoplifting – Brighton man, Efrain Portes, aged 32. At about 1:45 p.m., TJ Maxx employees called Brookline police to report a shoplifter the loss prevention department had in custody. Staff told police that they had seen a man take items from the store without paying for them, and then attempt to return them without a receipt. After making the return, he took three pairs of sunglasses from the jewelry department and reportedly removed the tags from them and place them in a pocket. He then purchased a shirt, perfume and a watch--but not the sunglasses. Loss prevention employees then brought him into the office and called police, who arrested and charged him with shoplifting. The sunglasses were returned to the store, the items Portes paid for were stored with his property.