GREAT WORK RECOGNIZED: For several months, starting in mid-January and ending in early July, a masked man with a gun robbed and terrorized twenty-four commercial establishments throughout the Greater Boston area. But, thanks to the BRIC's (Boston Regional Intelligence Center) Senior Intelligence Analyst, Brett Loycano, the suspect in this case never got a chance to rob store #25 due to Loycano's ability to deftly identify and discern an M.O. in the robberies that ultimately led to the suspect's undoing and eventual capture.
During the investigation, Loycano received high praise for his ability to connect-the-dots while gathering, coordinating and streamlining intelligence reports to eight different police departments including several districts in Boston who were impacted by the series of masked armed robberies. Although no one had yet been injured in any of the incidents, police officials feared it was only a matter of time before someone was. The two different firearms brandished by the suspect during the crime spree were widely thought to be real and, as such, most feared it was only a matter of time before an innocent clerk, shop keeper or bystander would find themselves standing face to face with a suspect unafraid to threaten the use of deadly force.
Meantime, officers and detectives were able to tighten the net on the suspect's movements and location, due in large part to Loycano's continuous updates and guidance. Moreover, a task force was formed and convened on Monday, July 2, 2018, during which a PowerPoint presentation, created by Loycano, was shared with all impacted law enforcement agencies highlighting the suspect's movements, tendencies and inclinations. Unbeknownst to the masked suspect, his days were numbered and his next robbery would likely be his last.
On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, the masked suspect would rob a Somerville convenience store at gunpoint while using an older black Mercedes as his get-a-way car. The suspect's use of the black Mercedes proved to be his final and fatal mistake, as detectives from the BPD Special Investigations Unit had made direct mention of the suspect's use of an older black Mercedes during previous robberies. In light of the new info, Somerville PD put out an all-points bulletin on the vehicle and a responding unit took note and captured the license plate. Armed with the plate information, authorities were able to take one giant step closer to getting their man.
On Thursday, July 5, 2018, the Boston Police SWAT Team executed a search warrant in Roxbury where the man behind the mask was located and arrested.
For his significant contributions, insight and guidance during the investigation, Brett Loycano is hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
Said Superintendent Colm Lydon, commanding officer of the BRIC, "Although much of what they do is behind the scenes, this isn't the first time Brett, like many of our other highly talented BRIC analysts, has played a crucial role in making our city safer and helping us solve crime. And, it certainly won't be the last."