Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Use Technology to Track & Nab Two Juvenile Armed Robbers


At about 1:10 AM on Sunday, January 4, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in progress in the area of 9 Alban Road in Dorchester.

While en route to the scene, officers received a description of a male suspect accompanied by a female who had attacked and “pistol whipped” a victim near the above address. Upon arrival, officers were additionally informed that the male and female suspects had stolen a purse and two cellphones from the two victims. Using the “Track My iPhone” app from one of the officers’ cellphones, the officers and the victims were able to track one of the stolen phones to the area of Bushnell and Van Winkle Streets, where the phone appeared to be traveling along the path of the MBTA Red Line trolley route toward Mattapan Square.

Officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to Mattapan Square and, as they boarded the trolley entering the station, observed two suspects fitting the broadcast descriptions carrying the victims’ property. Officers performed a pat frisk of the male and recovered a black painted air-soft gun in the suspect’s waistband. Both suspects were positively identified, and officers recovered all of the victims’ stolen property.

Both 17-year-old juveniles of Boston were arrested and charged with Delinquent to wit: Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Buying/Receiving/Concealing Stolen Goods. The juvenile male was additionally charged with Delinquent to wit; Assault and Battery.