Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Boston Police Officers Foil Back Bay Bank Robbery


On Monday, January 12, 2015, members of the BPD Bank Robbery Task Force were notified by officers from the District B-3 Drug Control Unit of information on an individual who was planning a bank robbery in Boston.

The DCU officers received information from a reliable informant who gave a detailed description of a suspect who had stated he had “cased” the area of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets in the Back Bay and was going to rob the Citizens bank at that location on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Officers from the BRTF set up surveillance in the area of Copley Square and quickly located an individual fitting the suspect’s description. Further investigation allowed District D-4 (Back Bay) detectives to identify this individual and verify with the informant that he was, in fact, the individual planning the bank robbery.

Officers continued surveillance on the suspect, and at approximately 12:25 PM, officers observed the suspect cover his face with a scarf and walk back and forth in front of the bank’s entrances. Just as the suspect was about to enter the bank, members of the BRTF identified themselves and secured the suspect to prevent the bank robbery. A three-inch gold spring-loaded knife was found in the suspect’s possession.

Thirty-four-year-old Miguel Morales of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Per se Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Attempt to Commit a Crime (Bank Robbery).