A Daily Dose of Great Police Work: ‘Live Camera Action’ Enables Officers to Make a Quick Arrest for Breaking and Entering on Commonwealth Avenue

At about 1:53 PM on Wednesday, December, 10, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a breaking & entering in progress at 213 Commonwealth Avenue.

Officers enroute were informed the resident of the apartment was watching the suspect inside her apartment via a live camera and giving a police dispatcher play by play actions of the suspect inside her home. The victim described the suspect as a black or Hispanic male, wearing a black knit hat, black scarf on his face, black jacket, blue jeans and holding a black & gray backpack, which he was placing her personal items including her Kindle into.  As officers approached the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue & Fairfield Street they observed a male matching the victim’s description walking in a hurried manner. Officers exited their marked cruiser and followed the suspect on foot. Officers called out to the suspect to stop but he ignored the officer commands and continued walking in a hurried manner. Officers quickly caught up to male outside the Hynes Convention Center. After a brief encounter and a search of the suspect’s backpack, officers recovered the victim’s Kindle, a pry bar and a screwdriver.

As a result the suspect Allen Bolden, 32, of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Dwelling House; Breaking and Entering, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Buying, Receiving or Concealing Stolen Goods.