Buyer Beware! Boston Police Continue to Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

 

Vigilance Result in the Arrests of Several Attempted Stabbing Suspects

Yesterday afternoon, officers from District D-4 (South End) arrested suspects, Dominic Douglas, 19 of Roxbury, Michael A. Campbell, 18 of Roxbury, London C. Lee, 18 of Roxbury and a 16 year-old male juvenile from Roxbury and charged them with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. In addition, the 16 year old suspect was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. An officer was operating an unmarked cruiser in the area of 801 Tremont Street when he observed an individual ducking behind a parked car. The officer’s attention being drawn to this individual, turned around and to further investigate and as he did so, observed another vehicle pull up to the car that the suspect was ducking behind and two occupants of the car get out and start chasing the male that was ducking behind the car. One of these individuals was clearly armed with a knife which was visibly open as he chased and his companion chased the other male.

The officer broadcast his observations to Operations and requested the assistance of other units as he followed the two males who were chasing the apparent victim with a knife.  The victim made good his escape from the apparent suspects at which time they returned to the car, got it and started driving away. The officer followed the car to Douglas Park where they pulled to the curb. There, the officer blocked the car in until other officers arrived.

The occupants of the car were all removed, one of whom was observed hiding a knife in his pocket as officers approached. After all the occupants were removed from the car, two knives were recovered from them. The male juvenile suspect was found to have more than 40 plastic bags of crack cocaine on his person during booking and was additionally charged with that offense.

A Message from the Neighborhood Watch Unit: Planning a Block Party this Summer? Contact your Local Community Service Officer or the Neighborhood Watch Unit for Assistance!

It's about that time and Neighborhood Watch groups across the city are beginning to make their plans for their annual, summer block parties! The Neighborhood Watch Unit believes the block parties and similar social events are a great way for residents and neighbors to connect and build community.  These neighborhood events provide a way in which people can meet each other and begin to have a dialogue about where they live and what they want for their street.  Block parties usually tend to draw even the most reticent person because they’re fun!  Some of the events that have taken place in the past are ice cream socials, yard sales and tag sales, barbeques and the traditional pot luck block party where people congregate and socialize right on their street.  If you would like to plan a block party call your local CSO office or the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for assistance.  

Hundreds of Boston Police Officers To March on 'A Day To Remember'

Boston Police Relief Association Memorial Service Honors Deceased Member of the Department WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendant-In-Chief Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Relief Society Association President John McGee, Reverend John Connolly, Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff and the Boston  Police Gaelic Column and Honor Guard.

WHAT:           Hundred of Boston police officers descend on Mount Hope Cemetery to honor deceased members of the Boston Police Department. The event includes a march to the Boston Police Relief Association Memorial, a memorial service and a ‘Reading of the Roll’ to recognize those deceased.

The Boston Police Relief Association, a fraternal benefit association, was organized on January 13, 1871 and incorporated in 1876.

WHERE:         Mount Hope Cemetery main entrance, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.

WHEN:           Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am.

 

Boston Police Officers Step Up To The Plate For 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament

Numerous officers participate to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino; Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald; Boston Police Runners Club President and Boston Police Detective Cecil Jones; numerous Boston Police officers and family and friends; Renown singer Rene Rancort

WHAT:           The Boston Police Runners Club is holding the 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Numerous Boston Police officers and their families will be on hand for some competitive wiffle ball! Last year’s event raised $32,500 for juvenile diabetes. Rene Rancort of Boston Bruins’ fame will perform the National Anthem to kick off the competition.

WHERE:         Boston Athletic Club

650 Summer Street, South Boston

WHEN:           Saturday June 4, 2011 at 12:00pm

National Anthem to be performed at noon

WHY: The Boston Police Runners Club recognized that diabetes has effected many families throughout the Boston Police Department and the community. With the history of charitable efforts undertaken every year by the Boston Police Department, the club believed there was an important opportunity to contribute to this important cause.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

 

B&E Suspect “Bagged”

About 8:04PM last night, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for vandalism in progress at 62 Northampton Street.  En route, officers were advised that the suspect, a 20-year old white male about 5’8” wearing a black shirt had broken into a car and was last seen in the area of East Lennox St. and Harrison Avenue. As officers approached the location, they were approached by a witness who pointed out the suspect who was in possession of a woman’s handbag. The witness then told officers that the suspect had broken into her mother’s car and stolen her mother’s handbag.

The suspect, Paul Wyman, 23 of Hanson was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Larceny Non-Accessory from a Motor Vehicle $200.00 and Over.

Officers returned to the scene and there were shown victim’s the car with the broken passenger side window that the suspect had been broken into. Officers were then told that the suspect had walked into the Pizza Stop store and placed an order and shortly thereafter walked out of the store when it became obvious that he would not be able to pay for his order. The victim and suspect then reported that shortly after the suspect walked out of the store, a neighbor ran into the store and alerted them that someone had just broken into their car. The witness then ran outside and observed the suspect reaching into the car and stealing the purse. The witness, at this time, followed the suspect until he was stopped and placed under arrest by officers.

Crook Caught on Candid Camera!!

Yesterday morning around 11:44AM, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to 70 Burbank St. for a report of a theft of a piece of luggage. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who told officers that a piece of her luggage was stolen around 7:23am and that the person who had stolen the luggage was now back at this location. The victim further informed officers that she had reviewed the building security video footage and had observed the suspect take the bag which item totaling in excess of $900.00. Officers watched the video and observed the suspect steal the victim’s bag and responded to the apartment that the suspect was visiting.  Officers spoke to the suspect and advised him that they had observed him stealing the victim’s bag from the front stairs on security camera. The suspect at this time admitted to stealing the bag and reported that he had taken the bag to a relative’s place.

Officers responded to the address that the suspect stated that he had taken the bag to and there recovered the stolen bag and most of its contents except for a video console, some video games and a cell phone.  Some of the missing items were later returned to officers by relatives of the victim.

The suspect, Anthony Harley, 24, of Boston was arrested and charged with larceny over $200.00.

 

2nd ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT HITS THE DIAMOND THIS WEEKEND ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE: JUVENILE DIABETES

Last year Super Fitz and friends raised close to $33,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

“She appeared to be tired. Something wasn’t right and then they told us.”

When doctors told Paul Fitzgerald that his daughter, Caroline, then 8 years-old, had juvenile diabetes, like most parents, he was quick to confess, although familiar with the terminology, he wasn’t completely familiar with the disease. However, that was four years ago. Today, Paul Fitzgerald, a Superintendent in the Boston Police Department, and his family not only have a better understanding of the disease that effects approximately 285 million people worldwide, but they also better understand the responsibility that comes with doing everything in their power to spread the word about the need for funding the research that will one day lead to a cure. “The goal is to cure this disease. We can’t wait to see the day when no family has to worry about juvenile diabetes. But accomplishing that goal means people have to step up. I can’t be a doctor but I can raise money.”

In an effort to step up, Fitzgerald and his family had long been thinking about a way to raise awareness and monies for the disease that presently affects their daughter. To hear Paul tell it, the family had been thinking about holding a road race or a golf tourney. And although Paul is a big fan of both, he was looking for something different, something that would be more inclusive, something, not just for adults, but also for kids of Caroline’s age. So, after much talk and some lengthy discussions, the idea came to the Fitzgeralds courtesy of an old friend and colleague. Said Detective Cecil Jones, “How about a wiffle ball tournament?” To Fitzgerald and his family, the suggestion was one they liked instantly.

Last summer, thanks to a wonderful support group consisting of people like Karen Kelleher, Tommy Joyce, Brendan England, Sean Butler and a host of others, on June 12th, 2010, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament took to four make-shift diamonds inside the Boston Athletic Club and became a reality.

According to Fitzgerald, the reality of the day far exceeded all expectations and went far better than anyone could have envisioned or imagined. According to Fitzgerald, on the day of the event, he couldn’t help but count his blessings. He says, prior to the first pitch being thrown, he looked around at the large turnout and found himself humbled by the tremendous show of support and friendship. “Something like this only comes together because people who care make it happen. I can’t thank my family, my friends and all those who participated enough. This day was possible because people cared enough to come out.”

When it came to raising dough for a great cause, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tourney was nothing short of a huge home run. All in all, the tourney raised $32,500.

This year promises to be even better. Says Fitzgerald, “We’d love to raise as much, if not more money than we did last year. But, to do that, we need people to come out.”

If you would like to see this year’s Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament,  the 2nd Annual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held this Saturday (June 4, 2011) at the Boston Athletic Club at 653 Summer Street in South Boston.

To learn more about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, log on to the website at www.jdrf.org

Robbery Suspects "Hosed"

About 5:31PM yesterday, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to 225 Massachusetts Ave. for a robbery in progress. En route, officers were advised that the suspect, an older male wearing a blue t-shirt, had brandished a gun during the robbery and fled onto Massachusetts Avenue. On arrival, officers received further description of the suspect as having blonde hair, and the fact that he had fled the area in the company of a second suspect wearing a green polo shirt and blue jeans cutting through the Symphony parking lot. Based on this description and the direction of flight, other responding units stopped two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions on Gainsborough St. between Huntington Ave. and St. Botolph Streets. The two suspects were positively identified by a witness and the victim and they were subsequently placed under arrest.

Officers then spoke to the victim and learned that the suspect walked into the store and stated to the victim, “Give me the money!” The victim at this time was speaking to the store owner and simply put the phone down leaving the line open while the suspect again exclaimed, “Give me all the money now!” The victim opened the drawer after the suspect pulled up his shirt and displayed a gun in his waistband. The suspect reached in the cash register drawer, grabbed the money and fled out of the store where he was met by suspect #2 who was outside the store waiting.

 The owner who was nearby the store when the robbery was taking place was able to see the suspects as they fled the area and followed them to the parking lot behind Symphony Hall. There, the suspect who did the actual robbery was observed changing his shirt and fleeing up an alley on Gainsborough Street where he lost sight of the suspects.  A short distance later the two suspects were stopped by responding units and placed under arrest after they were positively identified.

The suspects, James Travis, 41 of Boston and Paul R. Whooten, 47 of Roslindale were placed under arrest and charged with Armed Robbery. Search of the main suspect after arrests revealed that the item that he had displayed as a gun in his waist was only a garden hose nozzle covered with electrical tape. The stolen money was also recovered from the suspect.

Unruly Fan Arrested at Red Sox Game

At about 8:50pm, on Sunday, May 22, 2011, an officer performing a paid detail at the baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park responded to a call to assist Fenway Park Security Personnel in their efforts to deal with an unruly fan. While talking to the fan, officers promptly observed and noted that the fan in question appeared to be under the influence of alcohol given the fact that he appeared to be unsteady on his feet. During the course of the conversation, Fenway Park Security Personnel asked the fan to produce his game ticket. While security personnel were inspecting the ticket, the suspect snatched the ticket and took off on foot. As the suspect was running away, officers observed the suspect knock into and knock down several fans who were waiting in several concession lines.    When officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, the suspect punched one of the officers in the chest. 

Officers arrested Harley MacKenzie, 17 of New York and charged him with Assault & Battery on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Forged Driver’s License. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate a forged driver’s license indicating that the suspect was 22 years of age.

Purse Thief Collared by Detail Cop

Around 1:19PM yesterday, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to the intersection of Berkeley and St. James Streets for a robbery in progress. En route, officers were updated with a description of the suspect as being a white male, in his mid 20s, tall and carrying a white bag. On scene, officers received information from a witness who reported that he was walking in the area of Boylston and Berkeley Streets when he saw a white male running past him and heard a woman’s voice and saw her running after the white male. The witness stated that he pursued the suspect until he reversed directions and started running towards the South End where he lost him.  At that point, a detail officers who was in the area heard the broadcast of the suspect and saw him enter 140 Clarendon Street. The detail officer placed the suspect in custody and escorted him out of the building where he was met by the witness who told the detail officer that he had been pursuing the suspect.

The suspect was detained and the victim brought to the scene pending a possible identification. The victim positively identified the suspect as the person who snatched her I-Phone from her while she was walking in the area of Arlington St. and Public 438.

The suspect, Christopher A. Chubbuck, 28 of Weymouth was arrested and charged with Unarmed Robbery.  After the suspect was transported to the station, officers found the victim’s I-Phone in the cruiser that had been used to transport the suspect.

B&E Suspects Caught with the Goods

Yesterday morning around 11:40AM, officers from District D-4 (South End) arrested Castillo Fabian, 19 of Dedham and a 16 year-old male juvenile from Boston and charged them with Attempted Breaking and Entering, and Receiving Stolen Property. Officers initially responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress at 29 Lawrence Street. There, officers spoke to a witness who reported he heard some noise in the back of his house and looked out of his window and observed one of the suspects at his gate and the other looking over his neighbor’s fence.  It appeared after inspection that the suspects had entered through the back terrace door, removed the ground level screen window and attempted to open the window before fleeing the scene.

Officers received a description of the two suspects and broadcast that description to other units. Two officers overheard the broadcast and recognized the description of the suspects from an earlier incident.  The suspects were caught and stopped a short distance from the incident and held pending a possible identification. The suspects were positively identified by the caller/victim and subsequently found to be in possession of two stolen laptops which were reported stolen earlier in the day along with a woman’s wallet.

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Mayor Menino to Kick-off First in the Nation Multi-Discipline Simulated 24-Hour Safety Services Competition Urban Shield: Boston

Competition Will Consist of Several Simulated Crisis Events Throughout City and Region, Culminating with a Major Terrorist Attack Scenario PHOTO-OP:

Simulations for large-scale event modeled after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai including a car explosion, a small robot used to disable bombs and a trained canine detecting an explosive device.

WHO:

    • Don McGough, Office of Emergency Management
    • Superintendent Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Department
    • Commissioner Rod Fraser, Boston Fire Department
    • Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission
    • Chief James Hooley, Boston EMS
    • Teams of regional first responders including Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

 

WHEN: TOMORROW!! Friday, May 20 at 3:30 PM

WHERE: Marine Industrial Park

3 Dolphin Way, South Boston

WHAT:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will kick off Urban Shield: Boston, a 24-hour management and competitive training exercise simulating large-scale crisis events impacting the metro-Boston region and culminating with a large-scale event modeled after the terror attacks in Mumbai at the Marine Industrial Park in South Boston. The competition will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and will include teams from the City of Boston, Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Alameda County in California. The competition will assess each team’s ability to successfully respond to and manage multiple terrorist events and other emergencies occurring simultaneously throughout the Boston area.