Friday, July 3, 2015

Boston man wanted for Assault & Battery on Correctional Official nabbed by TPD

Tevin Fortier
On July 2, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm several Transit Police officers were on high visibility patrol at the MBTA's Chinatown station. While there they observed a male, later identified as Tevin Fortier, 19, of Boston fare evade by "piggybacking" in behind a paying customer. Officers approached Fortier who immediately became verbally combative and furnished several false names. Officers were able to ascertain Fortier's true identity which revealed he was wanted by Lowell District Court for Assault & Battery with Bodily Substance on a Correctional Official. Fortier was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process.


media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

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South Boston woman arrested on warrants at Andrew Sq.

Danielle Sproul
On July 2, 2015 at approximately 2:30pm Transit Police officers were conducting Point of Entry Policing at the MBTA's Andrew Sq. station. While there they observed a female, later identified as Danielle Sproul, 36, of South Boston smoking a cigarette in close proximity to conspicuously posted "NO SMOKING" signs. Officers approached Sproul for the purpose of issuing a citation, Sproul furnished a false name and other personal identifiers in an attempt to conceal her true identity. Ultimately officers discovered her true name which revealed warrants in existence for her arrest issued from Boston Municipal Court for Larceny and Trespassing.

Sproul was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process.


media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wanted for Identification; Bicycle thief, recognize him ??

Please help the Transit Police prevent bicycle thefts on the MBTA . We suggest you always secure your bicycle using a ULOCK anti-theft device, do not leave your bicycle overnight or for longer periods of time and only use the bike cages or racks to secure your bicycle. Thank you, together we can stop bicycle thiefs from being successful.  

Transit Police detectives are still seeking to identify this bicycle thief. On March 29, 2015 the individual depicted within entered the bicycle cage at the MBTA's Oak Grove station and stole a bicycle.


If you know the whereabouts or identity of this individual please contact our Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. If you would like to assist our investigators but wish to remain anonymous you can always text us your tip to 873873 or use the anonymous feature on our SeeSay app.

media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

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Boxborough man netted by Point of Entry Polcing.

Justin Shockey
On June 30, 2015 at approximately 7:50pm Transit Police officers working in Area 3 were conducting Point of Entry Policing at the MBTA Fields Corner station. While there they observed a male, later identified as Justin Shockey, 28, of Boxborough fare evade by entering through the rear gate without paying. Officers approached Shockey for the purpose of issuing a citation and subsequently discovered there were warrants in existence for his arrest issued from Ayer District Court for; Intimidation of a Witness, Threats to Commit a Crime and Annoying Telephone calls. Shockey was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for then arrest booing process.

media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wakefield man arrested for Assault.

John Spector
On June 25, 2015 at approximately 12:10AM Transit Police officers working in Area1 received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's North Station Commuter Rail for an assault in progress. Upon arrival officers were met by two male victims (25 and 33 years of age) who relayed the following: as they entered North Station at the west entrance they were harassed by a male, later identified as John Spector, 25, of Wakefield for money. Both victims requested Spector leave them alone as they did not have money to give him. Spector became angry upon hearing this and followed the victims as they made their way to Track 7.  The victims again requested Spector leave them alone, Spector responded by striking the 33 year old victim in the face with a closed fist knocking him to the ground. The 2nd victim intervened and struggled with Spector. At this time Spector stabbed the 2nd victim in the bicep area and fled the station.

Transit and Boston Police officers conducted an area search based upon a detailed description provided by the victims and witnesses. Shortly thereafter Boston Police officers observed Spector running through Paul Revere Park, Charlestown. Officers noted he was sweating profusely and had blood on his face.

The victims positively identified Spector as their attacker. Transit Police officers placed Spector into custody and transported him to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. It is expected Spector will be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division for Assault & Battery w/ Dangerous Weapon and Assault & Battery.


media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Medford man pleads Guilty for Fraud against the MBTA



Massachusetts- Office of the Attorney General Announces:

MEDFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY, SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR MANUFACTURING, DISTRIBUTING COUNTERFEIT MBTA PASSES
Distributed More than 3,000 Passes Yielding More than $60,000 in Profit and Depriving MBTA in Excess of $225,000 in Revenue
           
WOBURN A Medford man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to three years in state prison in connection with a scheme to manufacture and distribute counterfeit Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passes, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. He distributed more than 3,000 counterfeit passes, making more than $60,000 in personal profit and depriving the MBTA of revenue in excess of $225,000.

            Casey Kolenda, age 28, of Medford, pleaded guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to the charges of Counterfeiting (7 counts). After the plea was entered, Judge Thomas P. Billings sentenced Kolenda to three years to three years and a day in state prison, with three years of probation to serve upon his release.  

            “This scheme resulted in significant revenue loss for the MBTA and was patently unfair to riders who paid the full cost of their transit passes,” said AG Healey. “Schemes such as this one, in which an individual commits crimes for personal gain at the expense of the public, will not be tolerated.”

“Let this serve as a strong reminder that the MBTA and the Transit Police will not tolerate fraud,” said Acting Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green. “Hardworking, honest, fare paying MBTA customers deserve and expect our full attention to such criminal behavior. The successful prosecution of this case is the result of a collaborative partnership between Transit Police detectives and the Attorney General’s Office.”

The investigation began in August 2013, after the MBTA Transit Police discovered the existence of hundreds of unauthorized tickets in use by riders on the MBTA’s subway and bus systems. The AG’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police joined the investigation into the production and distribution of alleged counterfeit tickets in September 2013. Through that investigation, authorities identified multiple monthly LinkPasses that were purchased legitimately and subsequently used to create hundreds of counterfeit tickets used by riders.

The investigation revealed that Kolenda orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently create counterfeit $70 monthly MBTA subway and bus passes, known as “LinkPasses,” between October 2013 and March 2014. The electronic data stored on the LinkPass magnetic stripe was copied using a magnetic stripe reader, also known as a “skimmer.” That data was then downloaded onto the magnetic stripes of hundreds of MBTA stored-value cards that were purchased for as little as five cents at ticket kiosks.

Kolenda then disguised the counterfeit passes by applying contact paper that bore the production history of the original LinkPass, as well as the MBTA’s trademarked “T” logo. Similar in appearance and now encoded with the electronic data copied from the LinkPass, the counterfeit cards could be used at any MBTA fare gate in the same manner as the original pass.

Kolenda was arrested in March 2014 without incident at his Medford home by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and MBTA Transit Police Detectives. He was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in July 2014.

At the time of his arrest, Kolenda had more than 60 counterfeit April 2014 LinkPasses and almost $7,000 in cash on his person. State Police executed a search warrant at his residence and seized additional counterfeit April 2014 LinkPasses, hundreds of MBTA five-cent cards, three skimmers, and the material and computer equipment used to manufacture the counterfeit passes. 

The MBTA estimates that Kolenda is responsible for over 3,000 counterfeit MBTA passes in circulation from October 2013 through March 2014. The joint investigation revealed that these counterfeit passes bearing the electronic data of the original were distributed and used on a monthly basis by MBTA riders, sometimes more than 15,000 times in one month. Investigators estimate that the lost revenue attributable to the counterfeit tickets manufactured and distributed by Kolenda was in excess of $225,000. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta of the AG’s Public Integrity Division. The investigation was handled by MBTA Transit Police detectives and State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the AG’s Financial Investigations Division, the AG’s Victim Services Division, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.

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Arlington Juvenile arrested for larceny of a bicycle.

Preferred device
On June 22, 2015 at approximately 3PM Transit Police detectives were at the MBTA's Alewife station conducting surveillance of the bicycle cages and racks as a direct result of bicycle larcenies. While there detectives observed a 15 year old juvenile from Arlington steal an unsecured bicycle from the bike rack. The male juvenile was placed into custody and is expected to be arraigned sometime today in Middlesex County Juvenile Court for Larceny of a Bicycle.

Please help the Transit Police prevent bicycle thefts on the MBTA . We suggest you always secure your bicycle using a ULOCK anti-theft device, do not leave your bicycle overnight or for longer periods of time and only use the bike cages or racks to secure your bicycle. Thank you, together we can stop bicycle thiefs from being successful.  


media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt