Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD K-9 Tracks Down Bank Robber in Dorchester


At about 2:22pm, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a bank robbery at the Meetinghouse Bank at 2250 Dorchester Ave. On arrival, officers spoke to bank employees who stated that the suspect – described as a heavy set white male wearing a black t-shirt and gray sweatpants – approached the teller and passed a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of US Currency, the suspect fled the bank on foot. A bank employee pursed the suspect on foot until losing sight of the suspect in the area of Butler Street. Several witnesses say they not only observed the suspect running through yards, but they also observed money falling out of his pockets. A Boston Police K-9 officer and his canine (Koda) arrived on the scene and promptly picked up on the suspect’s odor and scent. In short time, officers were able to track the suspect’s scent to a hallway in the area of Swan Court. As officers were attempting to gain entry into the hallway, the suspect exited the location and surrendered himself to police. The suspect was brought back to the bank where he was positively identified by bank employees as the individual responsible for the robbery.  

Officers arrested a 28 year-old male from Chelsea and charged him with Unarmed Bank Robbery. The suspect’s connection to several other bank robberies is being investigated.