On Monday, Jan. 28, at around 11:12 a.m., an employee at First American Tile Insurance Company at 185 Dartmouth St. came to District 4 headquarters to report that the business had been robbed.
The employee said on the evening of Jan. 26, a security guard allowed an unknown male suspect, who said he had forgotten his work ID and therefore couldn’t gain access to his place of business. Four laptops, an Apple iPad and $1,000 cash were subsequently stolen from the business, and the reporting party said she could furnish police with surveillance footage of the suspect entering the building.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at approximately 10:47 a.m., police responded to a radio call to investigate a person and for a removal at 601 Newbury St.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to the caller, who said he is the property manager for Wood Waste of Boston, which owns the building, and that had come there to secure it because of ongoing issues with homeless squatters on the premises. He then directed police to the basement, where they observed several rooms filled with clothing, bedding, food and other personal effects indicating that a large homeless population had been habituating there for an extended period of time. Police also observed what appeared to be human waste, as well as countless uncapped, used syringes strewn throughout the basement. Officers advised the property manager to contact police if the squatters return.
Police then located two known homeless men in the rear alley and asked them if they had been straying in the building to which they replied: “Everyone from the Fens has been staying there since it got cold.”
Officers advised the two men that they were trespassed from the building and asked them to ask other homeless people not to return there.
Police also notified the city’s Inspectional Services Department of the situation.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, at about 5:18 a.m., police responded to a radio call to investigate a person at CVS Pharmacy at 587 Boylston St.
On arrival, officers spoke to a security guard who said he got into a physical altercation with a male suspect after he caught him trying to steal energy drinks from the store. The security guard said he was escorting the suspect out of the store after recovering the stolen items from him, at which time the suspect punched him in the neck with a closed fist. The security guard added that he then defended himself, and that other store employees assisted in breaking up the altercation.
The store manager told police that the suspect had attempted to steal items from the business before and said he could provide them with a surveillance video of the suspect.
The security guard declined medical attention at this time, and police searched the area for the suspect to no avail.