At about 6:00 AM on Friday, May 5, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a LoJack alert for a stolen car in the area of Harrison Avenue and Ziegler Street.
While in the vicinity of the above address, an officer on traffic enforcement received an alert for a vehicle reported stolen out of Malden on the LoJack system in his department issued cruiser. After canvassing the area, the officer located the stolen Toyota in traffic and was able to conduct a stop of the operator and the vehicle. The operator, a 54-year-old male from Dorchester, was placed under arrest. Officers conducted a search of the suspect and the vehicle (later determined to be stolen from a pizza delivery driver approximately 5 hours prior) incident to the arrest. During the search, officers recovered items that appeared to be stolen: several cell phones, jewelry, a laptop, personal items, and wallets containing money, debit and gift cards, and business cards displaying various names not belonging to the suspect. Also recovered were a screwdriver, flashlight, and backpack belonging to the suspect. Officers were able to make contact with the owners of the stolen items and discovered that Malden Police were simultaneously investigating a break-in at the victims’ residence that had occurred earlier that morning. The officers seized the evidence and were able to reunite the victims with their stolen property.
In addition, during the booking process, District B-2 detectives recognized the suspect’s backpack and clothing from an internal BPD bulletin picturing a suspect in a recent commercial break on Huntington Avenue.
The suspect was subsequently charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Receiving Stolen Property, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License. The suspect’s involvement in additional incidents remains under investigation.