Buyer Beware! Boston Police Warn of Counterfeit Tickets

On Sunday, February 4, 2018, the New England Patriots will travel to Minnesota to play for yet another Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets to the big game. Fans who purchase tickets from a second or third party source are taking a chance, therefore, we encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources, like online and social media sites such as Craigslist and Reddit, is done at the buyer’s own risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket and monetary loss. Remember, if the price of the ticket or the deal seems to good to be true, it probably is!

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact Boston Police. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department is ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

Be safe, enjoy the game, and GO PATS!

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 17

Residential Break-ins: 10
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

One Less Gun: Officer Investigate Motor Vehicle Crash and Recovered Firearm in Roxbury

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At about 11:13 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on directed patrol near the Bromley Heath Housing Development due to recent firearm related incidents.

While operating their unmarked cruiser, officers observed a red Toyota sedan topped on a crosswalk at Heath Street and Columbus Avenue, clearly in violation of the Mass auto laws. Officers activated the blue lights and siren on their cruiser and attempted to make a stop of the motor vehicle near Highland and Centre Streets; however, the officers observed that the operator did not place the vehicle in park. Using the PA system on their cruiser, the officers instructed the operator to do so. Instead of complying with officers’ orders, the vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed. The officers lost sight of the car traveling on Marcella Street and disengaged their lights and siren, but broadcast the vehicle description over the police radio. Moments later, officers heard a loud crash, and upon reaching the intersection of Marcella Street and Highland Street, observed a Landrover SUV with damage to the front bumper and headlight. The operator advised officers that a red Toyota sedan had struck his vehicle and took off without stopping. While officers rendered aid to the motorist, they were approached by a passerby who advised officers that there was a firearm in the intersection of Marcella Street and Ritchie Street. Officers located and recovered the loaded Springfield Armory Model XD-9 firearm. They also located the red Toyota sedan abandoned at Humboldt Avenue and Elbert Street. Officers processed both scenes, and the incident remains under investigation.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two Suspects, Recover Two Firearms in South Boston

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At about 2:00 AM on Friday, January 19, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Ticknor Street. Officers on patrol in the area received a description of two men carrying what appeared to be a rifle case alight in a four-door silver PT Cruiser.

Officers travelling on L Street observed a silver PT Cruiser with two occupants cross over L Street on Eighth. Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle, activating the blue lights and siren on their marked cruiser. The vehicle stopped long enough for officers to approach and demand to see the occupants’ hands. Officers observed a clear plastic bag in the passenger’s hands before the operator drove away. Officers observed the vehicle take a left on I Street and drove in that direction. While on I Street, officers observed the passenger, later identified as 38-year-old Brendan P. Donovan of South Boston, walking on I Street. Officers stopped him and conducted a pat frisk. When officers pulled a hard object (later identified as a clear plastic bag with a Shinola brand wrist watch in it) out of the Donovan’s pant pocket, a small clear plastic bag with a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine also fell out of the pocket with it.

At about the same time, a State trooper observed the same PT Cruiser travelling on Day Boulevard. The trooper followed the vehicle for several turns near the area of Preble Street, but momentarily lost sight of the car near Mohawk Street and Devine Way. The trooper continued the search for the vehicle and soon located it parked on a pedestrian pathway in the Sterling Square courtyard. The operator, later identified as 45-year-old Keith M. Kimball of Dorchester, was outside the car and submitted to a pat frisk by the trooper. As a result, the trooper located a trigger lock inside his pocket. BPD officers arriving on scene observed a black case a short distance away in the rear of 17 Gavin Way. Inside the case were two firearms (both had brown wooden stocks with black barrels believed to be .22 caliber). Inside the vehicle officers recovered a black ski mask, a set of black gloves, and one single black glove.

Officers arrested Donovan and Kimball and charged them with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawfully Carrying an Unloaded Rifle/Shotgun on a Public Way. Donovan was additionally charged with Possession of Class B Substance (Cocaine) and Possession of Class E Substance when six Aderol pills were found in his pocket at booking. Officers additionally charged Kimball with Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended/Revoked.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Recover Two Firearms, Arrest Two Suspects during Search Warrant Execution in Dorchester

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At about 1:30 AM on Saturday, January 20, 2018, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit, with the assistance of BPD SWAT, executed a search warrant issued out of Dorchester District Court in the area of 73 Charles Street.

As a result of the warrant, officers recovered the following items:

  • One loaded Kel-Tec PF9 9mm firearm with obliterated serial number
  • One loaded .22 caliber LA’s Deputy pistol
  • One plastic bag containing 10 small plastic bags of crack cocaine
  • One prescription bottle containing marijuana
  • One plastic bag containing 10 rounds of ammunition
  • Five cellular phones
  • $276 in US paper currency

Officers arrested 20-year-old Lacroix Pledger of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Substance (Crack Cocaine), and Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana).

Officers also arrested 18-year-old Myssiah Pledger and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Substance (Crack Cocaine), and Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana).

In addition warrant will be sought in Dorchester District Court for a third male present, a 21-year-old male from Dorchester, for firearm related charges.

One Less Gun: Two Loaded Firearms Recovered, Three Suspects in Custody During Two Separate Incidents in Just Over One Hour

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INCIDENT #1: At about 6:00 PM on Thursday January 18, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested a 15-year-old male suspect armed with a loaded handgun in the area of Townsend Street and Walnut Avenue in Roxbury. The officers were in the area as part of an investigation when they approached a group of three juvenile males as they exited Horatio Harris Park. When the officers approached the males, two of them immediately raised their hands above their heads without being prompted to do so while the third male began to look around nervously as he started to back away from the officers. One of the officers performed a pat frisk of the juvenile suspect at which time he immediately felt the handle of a gun sticking out of the waistband of the suspect’s pants. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident and safely recovered a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. Officers later observed that the serial number on the firearm had been removed. The other two individuals were identified and released from the scene. The suspect will appear for arraignment in Roxbury Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

FIREARM SEIZED DURING INCIDENT #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 7:10 PM on Thursday January 18, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) arrested two suspects on firearm related charges after performing a traffic stop in the area of Harrison Avenue and Herald Street in Boston. The officers were on directed patrol in the area when they stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. As the officers were speaking with the operator, Tedros Hische, 29, of Boston, and passenger, James Kearse, 27, of Dorchester, they noted that both men appeared to be nervous and were being purposefully evasive while answering questions. The officers removed both parties after the operator failed to produce any form of identification at which time they performed a pat frisk of the vehicle which led to the recovery of a loaded .40 caliber Glock 27 from in between the two front seats. Both suspects were placed in custody without incident and will appear in Boston Municipal Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent) and Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2nd and Subsequent) and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 

BPD in the Community: BPD Chief Gross and BPD Cabo Verdean-American Police Officers Meet in Praia to Share Best Practices

With the goal of expanding cooperation and fighting shared criminal threats, a delegation from the Boston Police Department arrived in Praia on Monday, January 15, 2018. Led by BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, three Cabo Verdean-American police officers traveled to Cabo Verde as part of the inaugural visit, which is funded and organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

The purpose of the visit is to share best practices between the BPD and Cabo Verde law enforcement officials in several areas of policing. The team of senior Boston police officers and State Department officials will work with Cabo Verdean law enforcement to analyze crime trends in the archipelago and conduct briefings on key components of Boston’s policing strategies, including: community policing and outreach, use of social media, gang investigations and prosecutions, focused deterrence policing, and the use of the Comp Stat program. This is the first in a series of planned visits. 

The BPD was chosen because it’s not only America’s oldest police force, but is also a national leader in community policing and the use of advanced information systems to monitor crime patterns and statistics. Boston is also home to a large community of Cabo Verdean-Americans, including more than 65 who serve as police officers in the region.

“We consider Praia to be our sister city and the National Police to be our brother department,” Superintendent-in-Chief Gross said Monday during a meeting with the leadership of Cabo Verde’s National Police. “We look forward to the exchange of information during our visit so that we can learn from each other and be stronger together.”

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two, Recover Large Amount of Money & Marijuana during Motor Vehicle Stop

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At about 10:30 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) were on patrol in an unmarked cruiser in the area of South Street and Beach Street, an area well-known to officers for drug and firearm related incidents, when they passed a vehicle idling at the side of the street. Officers observed the two front seat occupants hunched over toward the center console of the vehicle. Officers turned around and stopped their cruiser a short distance behind in order to run the plate, when they observed the car drive quickly away. Officers followed the vehicle for several blocks and turns, but when the vehicle passed the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Marginal Road, the car’s speed increased drastically, and officers had to drive 45 miles per hour to keep up. The vehicle then made a right turn onto Tremont Street, failing to stop at a marked stop sign. The officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle.

Upon approach, officers could smell what appeared to be the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officers observed that both the operator and the passenger were extremely nervous. The operator, identified as 32-year-old Terry D. Saint-Fleur of Hyde Park, had loose pieces of marijuana on his shirt and made a quick motion with his feet as if to push something under the seat with his feet. The passenger, identified as 47-year-old Yueyi Chen of Dorchester, was not wearing his seat belt and appeared to stuff something with his hand in between his seat and the center console. Fearing the presence of weapons, officers ordered both occupants to exit the vehicle for a frisk. Upon doing so, the officers observed an open brown paper shopping bag inside of which they could see a very large clear bag containing what appeared to be marijuana. The bag and its contents were packaged in a manner consistent with the distribution of drugs and did not appear to be for personal use.

A search of the vehicle yielded the following:

  • Two extra-large vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing large quantities of what appeared to be marijuana packaged for distribution
  • A white plastic shopping bag and a red plastic shopping bag containing over $36,600 in US paper currency
  • Additional smaller quantities of what appeared to be marijuana in a variety of different packages.
  • Five cellular phones
  • A bag containing gold colored jewelry
  • A black MTech spring assisted knife

Officers placed both Saint-Fleur and Chen under arrest and both were charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana). Saint-Fleur was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (2nd & Subsequent Offense) and Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (3rd & Subsequent Offense). Saint-Fleur was also cited for the traffic infractions, and Chen was cited for not wearing a seatbelt. At booking, approximately $2,200 was recovered from the person of Saint-Fleur and almost $1,500 from the person of Chen.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies:0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Significant Arrest: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Armed Robbery of Several Boston Convenience Stores

At about 2:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattpan) and members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, located and arrested 35-year-old Thomas Huggins of Mattapan and charged him in connection to a string of armed robberies in the Brighton and Mattapan areas beginning on January 10, 2018. During the arrest, Huggins hid in a closet before putting up a violent struggle with officers. Officers were eventually able to place Huggins into custody and recover a loaded 9mm Ruger pistol from his residence. Huggins was charged with Armed Robbery by virtue of an arrest warrant issued out of Brighton District Court. Investigators are seeking charges against Huggins for unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition and at least six additional incidents in the Brighton and Mattapan areas, including two armed robberies minutes apart from each other at 552 and 554 River Street (Cricket Wireless and Papa John’s), Mattapan.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident in Brighton are as follows:

At about 9:53 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an Armed Robbery at 140 N. Beacon Street (Quality Market) in Brighton. On arrival, officers spoke to store employees who stated that a black male and black female entered the store. Employees stated that, once inside, the black male approached the counter, displayed a firearm, and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of US Currency, both suspects exited the store. A short time later, on the same date of the robbery, officers were able to locate and arrest the female suspect in the area of 1441 Commonwealth Ave.

Huggins is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and others. Anyone with information relative to this investigation is asked to call detectives assigned to District D-14 at (617) 343-4256.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner. Together we make our city safer. The men and women of the Boston Police Department are here to help 24/7/365.

BPD Remembers Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman John Lynch, 28, shot and killed in the line of duty on this day 110 years ago

BPD Remembers: The blue flame at the BPD Memorial forever burns bright for those lost in the line of duty. On this day 110 yrs ago (1/16/1908) Patrolman John Lynch, 28, was shot and killed by an armed robber in the area of Summer & Kingston Streets in Boston. Although many years have passed, the weight of his sacrifice has never grown lighter. As you go about your business today, we kindly ask you to offer a prayer for our fallen brother and for all those left behind in the wake of their losses so many years ago.

Because We Care: BPD Officer Uses Cupcakes to Thank a Couple of Super Cute Kids for Recent Visit to District C-11 in Dorchester

When a couple of super cute kids recently stopped by District C-11 in Dorchester to show and voice their support for Boston’s Finest, Officer Fenton wanted to reward the kids for taking the time to visit and did so with a tray full of scrumptious cupcakes!!! Gotta love the kids!!!

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street, Dorchester

 

At about 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim who appeared to be suffering from an apparent gunshot wound or wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Chad O'Connor, 17 of Boston. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Gloucester and Boylston Streets

 

At about 9:30 PM on Saturday, January 13, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Gloucester Street near Boylston Street in the Back Bay. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims in their 20’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, who were both quickly transported to an area hospital for treatment. One of the victims remains hospitalized at this time with injuries that are not considered to be life threatening in nature. The second victim later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The second victim has since been identified as 24-year-old Jamal Bannister of Boston.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester

 

At about 2:03 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim in his early 20’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. This victim has since been identified as Shaquille Browder, 21 of Roxbury. Officers located a second male victim in his early 20’s who had fled the scene suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. That victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 31 Whittier Street in Roxbury

 

At about 1:46 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) heard the sound of gunfire while patrolling on foot in the area of 31 Whittier Street in Roxbury. Officers investigated and quickly located a male victim in his early 20's suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim has since been identified as Alexander Mervin, 22 of Revere. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.