The Transit Police Department has successfully employed a strategy/philosophy of "Point of Entry Policing"
. We believe by enforcing lesser crimes (at our points of entry) such as fare evasion, loitering and smoking we will deter the more serious crimes from occurring within the MBTA system. Oftentimes, those individuals who commit the above referenced crimes and are encountered by our officers are wanted for more serious crimes. The ultimate goal is to maintain a secure and safe transportation system for all to benefit from.
On January 6, 2014 at approximately 4:40 pm at the MBTA Braintree Station Transit Police officers from Area 3 were conducting Point of Entry Policing and observed a male, later identified as Robert Merrill
, 29 of East Weymouth, fare evade by "Piggybacking" in behind a paying customer. Officers approached Merrill for the purpose of issuing a citation and subsequently discovered there were three warrants in existence for his arrest. Merrill was wanted in Quincy District Court for Larceny Over 250.00, Larceny from a Building and Forgery/Uttering. Merrill was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process and issued a citation for fare evasion.
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