Police Briefs 09-06-2018


Funny money

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, at around 6:20 p.m., police responded to a radio call pertaining to counterfeit bills passed at the Whole Foods Market at 348 Harrison Ave.

On arrival, the officer spoke to the store’s assistant manager, who said at about 5:30 p.m., the previous day, a loss-prevention officer observed a cashier ringing in approximately $300 worth of goods while only charging the customer $50. The cashier then left work without checking out before the end of her shift, and the next day, she didn’t show up for her assigned shift.

Further investigation revealed that the cashier had also accepted six, counterfeit $100 bills from unknown person(s) for a purchase at about 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 28.

The Secret Service was contacted and will be furnished with the counterfeit bills, which were kept as evidence.

Car fetish

On Thursday, Aug. 30, at about 2:40 p.m., officers responded to 225 Albany St. for as report of a man, who appeared to be under influence, was in the parking lot under the expressway and refused to leave the area.

Upon arrival, police spoke to a security guard, who said the man had since removed his clothes and was walking around the parking lot, touching cars. Her refused to leave the property.

Police then approached the man, described as nude and incoherent, and ordered him to put his clothes back on. The suspect began answering the officer’s questions before acting irrationally.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and, after evaluating the man, concluded that he was under the influence of several, different drugs.

Paramedics, who requested a police escort due to the man’s erratic behavior, then transferred him to Tufts Medical Center for further treatment.

Peaceful protest

On Monday, Sept. 3, at approximately 5 p.m., members of the Citywide Bicycle Unit responded to the Westin Copley Place at 10 Huntington Ave. for a reported labor protest.

On arrival, officers observed about 1,000 people protesting peacefully and followed them as they proceeded down Huntington Avenue towards Massachusetts Avenue and then turned right onto Boylston Street and another right down Dalton Street.

At this time, several protesters entered the lobby at 39 Dalton St., but police immediately blocked the entrance to deter other protesters from going that way.

The demonstrators in the lobby were dispersed without incident, and the group then left peacefully with no arrests.

District 4 sees 2-percent drop in violent and property crime

By Dan Murphy

As the summer of 2018 was drawing to a close, District 4 was reporting a 2-percent decrease in violent and property crime from the previous year.

According to Boston Police, 2,246 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and Aug. 19 of this year, in the district, which includes the Back Bay, South End, Lower Roxbury and the Fenway, as opposed to 2,298 during the same timeframe in 2017.

One homicide a piece was reported this year and last while the number of rapes and attempted rapes were down 25 percent as the number of incidents fell to 21 from 28 the previous year.

The rate of robberies and attempted robberies declined nearly 27 percent as the number fell to 88 from 120 last year.

Domestic aggravated assaults were down nearly 16 percent as the number fell to 32 from 38 in 2017.

On the other hand, non-domestic aggravated assaults were up more than 13 percent as the number climbed to 162 from 143 last year.

Commercial burglaries, meanwhile, were down around 51 percent as the number fell to 21 from 43 last year while the rate of other burglaries declined nearly 29 percent as the number dropped to 15 from 21 last year.

In contrast, residential burglaries saw an approximately 3-percent uptick as the number climbed to 119 from 115 in 2017.

Larcenies from motor vehicles were down nearly 13 percent as the number fell to 307 from 351 the previous year.

Other larcenies saw a slight uptick as the number climbed to 1,382 from 1,328 last year.

Auto theft declined 11 percent as the number dropped to 98 from 110 the previous year.

Citywide, Part One crime has seen a 4-precent decrease so far this year as the total number fell to 11,330 from 11,741 in 2017.

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