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City Crime Logs: Swiper no swiping

The following reports were taken from the Allston-Brighton D-14 crime logs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6.


At about 3:31 p.m. Saturday, a woman’s pocketbook was taken from her arm as she was walking down Washington Street at Commonwealth Avenue. She said she passed a group of people near 91 Washington St. when one of the men grabbed her pocketbook and fled to a nearby park. The suspect was described as a young, thin, black male between the ages of 17 and 25 wearing a red baseball cap. The suspect could not be found after the incident. Inside the pocketbook were the victim’s medication, personal papers and a credit card.


That excuse seems legit

At about 4:14 p.m. Thursday, police were searching for a young man who broke into and stole from Sullivan Funeral Home on Henshaw Street. Officers observed him walking at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Saunders Street and stopped him. When they asked him whether he had any stolen goods, he said that he had nothing but a few credit cards. The police seized the items, which included a woman’s identification card for Mount St. Joseph Academy. After stopping the man, the police walked to Mount St. Joseph High School, where the headmaster identified the woman as a teacher at the school. The police spoke to the woman, who stated that her wallet was missing and correctly identified all the items the police showed. Another teacher at the school stated that she had witnessed the same man in the building a few hours prior, who told her that he was “waiting for someone” when she asked him why he was in the building. The suspect was charged with two counts of breaking and entering and larceny.


Hit (you in the face) and run

At about 3:09 p.m. a victim reported she was talking to her mother on the phone at 500 Cambridge Street when an unknown black man struck the right side of her jaw and took her phone. The suspect then ran through Ringer Park toward the West End House, on Allston Street, which he is known to visit frequently. After the police failed to locate the cellphone or suspect, two officers transported the victim and a witness to the house. There they did not find the suspect, but received more information related to the robbery.


Man vs. wild: urban edition

The police observed a man trying to steal a red bicycle that was chained to a pole, located on Chestnut Hill Avenue at about 3:23 a.m. Thursday. When they approached the suspect, he was attempting to push the front wheel of the bicycle off the pole even though the wheels were bent and unusable. The officers had stopped and questioned the suspect an hour earlier, at which point he stated he “wanted to stay in the elements of the night and learn how to survive.” He was later placed under arrest for attempted larceny and malicious destruction of property.

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