Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Police Nab Smash-and-Grab Suspect


At about 11:00 PM on January 27, 2015, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an alarm at Bottega Venetta located at 310 Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.

Upon arrival, officers observed that several glass panes in the front windows were broken and merchandise was strewn about the store. Officers were informed by employees that several thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise was missing. District A-1 detectives responded and viewed surveillance video footage of the suspect in the act. With assistance from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, the detectives distributed video stills of the suspect throughout the Boston Police Department. The District A-1 detectives received an immediate response from other officers reporting the identity of the suspect pictured in the video. The detectives applied for an arrest warrant for the suspect and a search warrant for the clothing he wore in the video.

At about 5:30 PM on Friday, January 30, 2015, while conducting an unrelated operation, officers from District C-11 and other BPD units stopped the above suspect. The officers found that the suspect had the above outstanding warrant for Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime (Felony). 

At about 8:30 PM that same evening, District A-1 detectives executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. During this execution, officers observed several handbags that they recognized as stolen merchandise from Bottega Venetta. Officers applied for a second warrant for the merchandise, and as a result, were able to recover 7 stolen handbags worth approximately $18,000.

The suspect, 44-year-old John J. Conway of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime (Felony).