Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Make Robbery Arrest by Using i Phone App


At about 8:44 p.m. on Saturday March 28, 2015 officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a robbery at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Waltham Street.

The victim stated she was walking with a friend on Shawmut Avenue when they were approached by a group of four or five males in their late teens.  One of the suspects, dressed in a gray sweatshirt, gray sweat pants, orange socks and green and yellow sneakers, ran towards her and snatched her purse which contained her wallet, cash and her i Phone.  As the group ran down Shawmut Avenue, the suspect with the purse separated from the group and turned onto Union Park Street where the victim lost sight of him. 

Resourceful officers utilized the Find My i Phone App on the victim’s phone which led them to the area of 584 Tremont Street where they observed a male matching the very specific given description.   Officers were able to stop the suspect without incident and then located the victim’s purse underneath a nearby parked car. 

The fashionable suspect was positively identified and placed under arrest.  His outfit was seized as evidence.  The suspect, age 15, will appear at Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to wit; Unarmed Robbery.

A witness later revealed that she believed one of the other unidentified suspects may have had a firearm in his waistband which was not displayed during the robbery.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District Four Detectives at (617) 343-4683.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line 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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.