Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recognize this man, he caused over 3,000 dollars of damage

Transit Police Detectives are seeking the identity of the individual depicted within. 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.

On Friday, September 5, 2014, at approximately 8:45 AM, the male subject depicted within deliberately damaged the fare gates at Wood Island Station causing over $ 3000.00 in damages.

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media inquiries should be directed to rsullivan@mbta.com


Monday, September 22, 2014

Transit Police arrest 2 for attempting to beak into MV's

Colin McCuen
On September 21, 2014 at approximately 8:30pm Transit Police officers were on patrol at the MBTA's Braintree parking garage. While there they observed two individuals, later identified as Colin McCuen, 18, of Quincy and a 17 year old male juvenile from South Weymouth, attempting to gain entry into several parked motor vehicles. McCuen and the juvenile were also in possession of backpacks. After unsuccessful attempts to enter the motor vehicles officers approached the duo. Both were found to be in possession of several items stolen from previous motor vehicle break-ins which occurred at the Braintree MBTA garage as well as Burglarious instruments.

Both McCuen and the male juvenile were placed into custody for Attempted B&E of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglarious Instruments and Receiving Stolen Property and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. During the booking process it was discovered there were two warrants in existence for the 17 year old male juvenile issued from Norfolk County Juvenile Court for Receiving Stolen Property and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


media inquiries should be directed to 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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Accident Investigation Davis sq.

Accident investigation
On September 19, 2014 at approximately 6:35pm Transit Police officers working in Area 2 received a radio call to respond to Davis Sq. MBTA station for a person possibly struck by an MBTA bus. Multiple Transit Police units responded along with Somerville Police and Fire. Transit Police personnel on scene report the following preliminary information: a Route 94 bus from Davis Sq. heading to Medford Sq. was on College Avenue just outside the station when, a preliminary investigation suggests, a male walked into the side of the bus sustaining serious injuries. The male has been transported to a local area hospital for emergency treatment.

Transit Police detectives are currently investigating the facts and circumstances leading to the incident.

media inquiries should be directed to rsullivan@mbta.com

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REMINDER: Electronic device anti-theft safety tips

From 01/01/2014 through 09/18/2014 there have been 64 robberies on the MBTA where electronic devices were specifically targeted, most notably smartphones.  Our detectives have worked tirelessly and have identified and/or arrested the majority of the offenders responsible.
(NOTE: For perspective purposes:during this same time period last year there were 104 electronic device robberies that had occurred on the MBTA, that is a 38% decrease).

Today Apple will officially release the latest version of the iPhone, the 6 and 6 Plus. Our experience has taught us after the release of the latest model of smartphones there is an uptick in electronic device thefts that occur on the MBTA. Thefts of smart phones/electronic devices (most notably Apple products) is a nationwide trend. This trend often referred to as "Apple Picking" is for the most part a crime of opportunity. However there are things you can do to minimize the chances of being victimized while traveling on the T.

  • If possible avoid using your phone while on the MBTA except in cases of emergency/reporting via SeeSay or 911
  • Conceal expensive electronic equipment
  • Change the color of the ear buds, would be thieves look for the distinctive white ear plugs of Apple
  • Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the system
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times especially if you are using your electronic device
  • Be aware that most robberies of electronic devices occur near the train doors JUST as it enters the station.
  • Be alert for staged distractions
In the unfortunate event you are a victim DO NOT resist, things can be replaced. Try to stay calm, hand over your device and attempt to observe the physical characteristics of the perpetrator so you can describe him/her later. Contact the Transit Police as soon as possible (immediately if practicable) after the event and report the incident. Our detectives will work diligently to get your property back and apprehend the offender. Also, if you have not done so already please passcode protect your iPhone, enable Find My iPhone and lastly download a Remote Data Wipe for iPhone. The new operating systems for Apple iPhones, iOS 8, have what is refered to as a "Kill switch". This is a major advancement in the prevention of Apple iPhone thefts. (go here for more information )
For additional tips on how to protect yourself call the Transit Police Special Crimes Unit at 617-222-1170.

Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan stated " public awareness campaigns are an invaluable tool in our goal to reduce thefts of iPhones and other electronic devices on the MBTA. Enforcement alone will not work, we need to remind our MBTA community they can take definitive steps to guardthemselves from being victimized". tpdnews
media inquiries should be directed to rsullivan@mbta.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wanted Cambridge man, openly rolling marijuana cigarette. Arrested

Jamal Roscoe
On September 15, 2014 at approximately 6pm a Transit Police officer on patrol at Dudley MBTA station had his attention drawn to a male, later identified as Jamal Roscoe, 23, of Cambridge. Roscoe was seated in the busway and was rolling himself what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. Upon approach of the officer Roscoe quickly dropped the green vegetable matter to the ground and began to mash it into the pavement with his foot. Subsequently the officer discovered Roscoe was a wanted man out of Cambridge District Court; warrants issued for Assault on a Person Over 65, Assault & Battery on a person Over 65 and Unlicensed Operation of a MV. Roscoe was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process.

media inquiries should be directed to 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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fugitive nabbed by Transit Officers at Andrew Sq. MBTA

Christopher Sweeney
On September 12, 2014 at approximately 1:30pm Transit Police officers working in Area 3 were on patrol at Andrew Sq. MBTA station when their attention was drawn to a male, later identified as Christopher Sweeney, 31 of Boston. Sweeney was smoking a cigarette in close proximity to several "No Smoking" signs. Officers approached Sweeney to educate him relative to the Commonwealth's laws regarding smoking on MBTA property. Subsequent to their encounter officers discovered Sweeney was a wanted man by the Broward County Sheriff's Office of Florida. There were Florida warrants in existence for Sweeney's arrest issued for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Attempted Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft in the 3rd Degree.

After confirming Broward County Sheriffs would extradite Sweeney he was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Sweeney will be additionally charged with being a Fugitive of Justice.

media inquiries should be directed to 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