Brookline Police Log: Lightning-Split Tree and Allegedly Leaving a Crash

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

The following incident report is based on dispatch logs for Sept. 7 through 9. Look for weekday incident reports twice a week, and arrest logs each Tuesday on Brookline Patch. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Breaking and Entering, Theft and Larceny

  • A scooter with its steering column locked was taken from outside of 9 Sewall Avenue some time between when the owner parked it at 2 a.m. and when she returned at 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • After a breaking-and-entering of a vehicle reported at about 1 p.m. on Pond Avenue. The victim said that her bag, with her wallet inside, was taken--shortly afterward she reported credit card charges at a Citgo station. 
  • Bike theft reported on Naples Road, after the owner reported--about 7 p.m. on Saturday--that her bike was not in the garage, the door of which had been left open.
  • Theft incident reported at about 5 p.m. on Sunday from 920 Commonwealth Avenue, a victim said that his locker was broken into, and cash was taken from inside.


  • Hit-and-run crash reported at about 8 a.m. Friday outside of 77 Sargent Crossway. 
  • Police recorded a hit-and-run incident at about 10:45 a.m. on Station Street, Friday.
  • An officer came upon a cyclist on the ground, and a car facing perpendicular to traffic. The cyclist told police he was hit by a car pulling out of a parking space, but the driver refused to speak with police and drove away from the scene. Police charged the driver with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to obey a police officer at 8 p.m.
  • A driver stopped at a red light on Beacon Street was involved in a bike crash, when he reports that the cyclist ran into the back of his car, about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. The bicyclist received a cut on his left hand from the crash.
  • Brookline officers informed Newton Police of a hit-and-run vehicle's description at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, from the Boylston Street and High Street intersection.
  • A woman parked on Orchard Road told police that her car had been damaged. At about 3 p.m. Sunday, police say that another car hit the parked car, damaging the front bumper and front quarter panel.
  • Incident of road rage reported at about 8:30 p.m. outside of 1309 Beacon Street.


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  • Police received a report of leaf blower noise at 195 High Street on Friday.. 
  • Police received a bike theft report on Friday, at about 12:45 p.m. on Alton Place. 
  • About 6:30 p.m. on Friday, police received a report of a tree which had been struck by lightning, split nearly in half and near a home. Residents were moved from the house in case the tree snapped, and the forestry department was dispatched to the scene. 
  • 11:45 p.m. on Friday, police issued a noise complaint bylaw citation to a loud party on Browne Street. 
  • A town bylaw noise complaint citation was issued to a Brown Street resident at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
  • 2 a.m. Saturday, police received a report of kids hanging out on a porch and yelling at pedestrians. The resident was issued a noise bylaw citation, and informed that he is responsible for the actions of his guests.
  • 2 a.m. Sunday, police take a report of assault-and-battery from the Beacon Street intersection with Hawes Road. 
  • A police officer saw a graffiti-tagged wall on Harvard Street on Sunday, reported it at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
  • Sunday at about 6:45 p.m., police responded to a disturbance in the 25 Washington Street area. A caller reported there was a shoeless man in a vest yelling at passing cars. When police caught up to him, they report he was digging in the dirt with his hands, and picking up clods of earth, then walking toward a group of people and throwing the dirt at them, yelling things like "smoking is dangerous" and "you shouldn't smoke, it could kill you." When officers tried to get his identity from him, he threw his wallet into the street. Officers then placed him in handcuffs, which he struggled against. Witnesses say he had thrown his shirt into the street, and was throwing handfuls of dirt at the nearby bridge, causing traffic to stop, and pulling out signs and other items in the area. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, malicious damage of prpoerty and resisting arrest. He was then transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Some details in this blotter were provided by the Brookline Police Blog. For questions about this blotter, email Grahame.Turner@Patch.com.


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