One Less Gun: Anonymous Tip From Concerned Community Member Allows Officers to Recover 5 Illegal Firearms in Mattapan

At about 12:45 AM on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit acted on an anonymous tip regarding a package containing firearms in the area of Lucerne and Harwood Streets, Mattapan.

Officers were informed by an anonymous source that unknown persons were overheard having a conversation about the pickup of a package containing firearms in the above area. Officers set up surveillance of the area and soon determined that it was necessary for officer and public safety to investigate the area. Officers soon observed a plastic bag hidden near a doorway along the public walkway of a dark alley.

Inside the bag, officers recovered the following:

  • Smith & Wesson .45 caliber firearm, Model 457 with magazine
  • Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver, Model 65-3
  • Bryco Arms .380 automatic firearm, Model 38 with magazine
  • Bauer .25 caliber firearm with magazine
  • Taurus .40 caliber firearm with two magazines.
  • Box of twenty Federal Premium .45 caliber rounds of ammunition

The contents of the bag were seized and processed. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information is encouraged to contact District B-3 detectives at (617) 343-4712. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

This recovery brings the total number of illegal crime guns taken off the streets of Boston to 449, year-to-date in 2014. In addition, 376 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. In total, there are 825 fewer guns in the community thus far in 2014, as opposed to a total of 667 seized firearms in the year 2013.