Boston Police Investigate Armed Robbery

At about 5:36pm, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an armed robbery at 250 Friend Street.

On arrival, officers were approached by the victim who stated he had just been robbed by the suspect in the parking lot on Friend Street. The victim stated to officers while inside the TD Garden Box Office area, the suspect approached his group and offered to sell them tickets at a discount instead of paying full price at the box office. The victim stated to officers he agreed to buy the tickets from the suspect, who claimed to work for Ace Tickets. The suspect told the victim it was a cash only transaction.

The suspect followed the victim to the Bank of America ATM vestibule.  The victim was instructed to meet the suspect in a nearby parking lot to exchange the money for the tickets and that he should come alone.

The victim stated to officers while in the parking lot, the suspect brandished a firearm, took an undisclosed amount of money, and fled the area towards Canal Street.

The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through legitimate sources including; Ticketmaster.com or in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket. Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at(617) 343-4248. 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 in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.