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Thursday, January 4, 2007

Police warning on Crystal Lake robberies

NEWTON

Newton police issued a citizen's alert yesterday about three incidents involving robbery, or attempted robbery, near Crystal Lake.

On New Year's Day, a local resident told police he was walking his two dogs on Rogers Street when a man standing at a nearby intersection threatened him and demanded his wallet. The victim turned and ran back to his home with his dogs, and nothing was taken.

There have also been two other Lake-area reported crimes over the past several months. On Nov. 3, a local resident told police that he was walking near Hyde St. and Lake Ave. when two men, one flashing what appeared to be a handgun, took his wallet and ran away.

Several months earlier, on July 6, two 20-year-old women told police they were sitting on a bench near the lake when two young men approached them, made small talk for a few minutes, then grabbed their pocketbooks and ran.

Newton Police spokesman Bruce Apotheker said the department is investigating the crimes, as well as possible connections between them.

Click here to reach the Newton police website, which has a composite drawing of suspects under the press releases section.

-- Erica Noonan


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