Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Method, Same Result !!!

James Wilson
tpdnews have posted about incidents where individuals have fare evaded by the now infamous means of "Piggybacking". Piggybacking is the method of fare evasion by sneaking in behind a paying customer. Here's a new one; On January 7, 2014 at approximately 4:45 pm Transit Police officers working in Area 1 were at Park Street MBTA station conducting Point of Entry Policing. While there officers observed a male, later identified James Wilson, 36 of Somerville, on the unpaid side of the fare gates attempting to coax patrons on the paid side to come near the fare gates. Wilson was doing this in the hopes when the patron from the paid side got close enough to the fare gates the doors would activate/open and he would rush in without paying. Wilson achieved his goal with one patron and as soon as the fare gate door opened he proceeded through without paying. Officers approached Wilson and subsequently discovered there was a warrant in existence for his arrest issued out of Brookline District Court for Shoplifting, 3rd Offense. Wilson was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Wilson was also issued a citation for Fare Evasion.

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

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