Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Ever Attentive Bank Customer Helps BPD Officers Pinpoint Location of Bank Robber in Dorchester: At about 12:53pm, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a bank robbery in progress at 494 Gallivan Blvd (Members Plus Credit Union) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers spoke with bank employees who stated that a white male entered the bank, walked up to a teller and passed a hand-written note demanding money. After getting an undisclosed amount of US currency, the suspect – described as described as a white male, about 5’8” tall, wearing a blue stocking Patriots hat, black scarf, black jacket, gray pants and gray gloves - exited the bank and fled the area on foot. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect over the police radio. However, in short time, officers received a huge helping hand when a customer inside the bank during the robbery observed the suspect walking in the area of Oakton Ave and immediately called 911. Officers promptly proceeded to that location where they located an individual who matched the description of the suspect. While approaching the suspect, officers instructed him to remove his hands from his pockets. When the suspect removed his hands, officers quickly noted that the suspect was wearing gray gloves. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate a ski mask and Patriots hat found on the suspect’s person. The suspect was transported back to the bank where, once there, he was positively identified by bank personnel.
Officers arrested Pat Howard, 35, of Dorchester and charged him with Bank Robbery.