Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response Enables BPD K-9 Unit to Apprehend Suspect Caught Stealing Christmas Presents in the South End


At about 10:15 AM, on Monday, December 18, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) and members of the BPD K-9 Unit made an on-site arrest after responding to a call for a residential breaking and entering in progress in the area of 418 Columbus Avenue in the South End. While on approach, officers were provided with a suspect description and informed that the male suspect had been observed in the rear alley behind the building throwing large rocks at a rear glass door.

On arrival, officers were directed down the alley to the rear glass door which they observed to be completely shattered with the suspect nowhere in sight. Believing he suspect to still be in the building, additional responding officers set a perimeter around the building and awaited the arrival of a BPD K-9 to conduct a building search.

In short time, two BPD K-9 officers quickly arrived on scene at which time, K-9 Vader (see photo) was let off his leash and entered the building. The K-9 Officers and Vader soon located the male suspect, later identified as Deshawn Wesley, 26, of Boston, hiding in an upstairs bedroom at which time he was placed in custody without incident. Officers then searched the suspect’s backpack, at which time they recovered two unopened Christmas presents along with assorted jewelry and other personal items. The resident of the home later returned to the scene and identified the property which was then returned to her. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of Breaking and Entering.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans: "Whether they walk on two feet or four, I continue to marvel at the hard work being done by all of my officers in their never-ending efforts to keep our city safe. And, I’m especially proud of Officer Miller and his K-9 partner, Vader, for the quick response and apprehension of one individual who clearly missed the memo about the importance of being good for goodness sake especially so close to Christmas."