Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Using a Nail File to Commit an Armed Robbery Lands Two Suspects Behind Bars on District D-4 (South End)


At about 4:44 PM, Monday, February 24, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of Harrison Ave and Savoy Street in the South End.

On arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated that she had just picked up her child from day care and was returning to her car when she observed a red pick-up truck pull to the side of the road. After the truck came to a stop, the victim says a white female exited the vehicle, approached her with a metal object (later determined to be a nail file) and grabbed her hand bag. After rummaging through the hand bag, the suspect – after taking nothing – returned the bag to the victim and jumped back into the vehicle which then fled the area. Although emotionally shook up, the victim states that neither she nor her child was injured during the incident. The victim and her child were both unharmed.

Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspects and their vehicle over the police radio. In short time, officers were able to locate and stop the vehicle in the area of Washington & Lenox Streets. After being positively identified, both suspects were taken into custody.

Arrested was Courtney Hurley, 20, of Hudson and Joseph Masiello, 20, of Nashua. Both are charged with Armed Robbery.