Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect for Breaking into a Downtown Store


At about 2:18 AM on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to 66 Charles Street for a report of broken glass to the front door of the Peets Coffee shop. Upon arrival, officers observed that the glass was broken on the front door, where it appeared someone had entered the store. Officers entered the building and cleared the store to make sure no one was still inside. Officers noticed a brick, broken in half, on the floor of the shop near the front door. Officers were able to view the company’s video surveillance system and observed the suspect look through the door, walk away and then return to the store smashing the glass to the front door. Once inside, the suspect is seen running toward the registers, where he grabbed two tip jars then ran out through the broken glass door, scraping the side of his arm. 

A short time later, officers patrolling the area of the Boston Common near Tremont Street and Boylston Street stopped a person fitting the description of the suspect that officers had viewed on video surveillance from 66 Charles Street. The suspect was wearing an orange bandana around his left arm as if covering a recent injury that was bleeding.

Officers placed the suspect, identified as Thomas May45, of Boston, and charged him with Breaking and Entering into a Building/Nighttime. May will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.