Somerville sees spike in theft and assault incidents

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SOMERVILLE — A series of thefts, an armed robbery, and an assault have raised concerns in the city after Somerville Police Department released incident reports from early May.

On the evening of May 4, police were called to a business in Assembly Row at about 8:23 p.m. following a report of shoplifting.

The responding officers were informed by the victim that a man and woman had entered the store and stolen multiple items.

The situation escalated when the male suspect pulled a knife on the victim after being confronted.

In a separate incident on May 6, around 8:05 a.m., officers responded to a reported fight at the intersection of Broadway and Temple St. The victim told police he had been punched in the face by another man following a traffic dispute.

Authorities later identified the suspect.

The next day, police were again dispatched, this time to a Bow Street business at approximately 6:33 a.m., where a break-in had occurred.

An employee discovered that cash was missing from the drawers upon arriving at work.

The Somerville Police Department also reported an increase in property crimes during the same period, including one package theft, six car break-ins, four bicycle thefts, two motor vehicle thefts, and one vandalism case.

The police are investigating all incidents and encourage anyone with information to come forward to assist in the apprehension of the suspects involved in these crimes.

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