Have you had packages stolen from your front porch? Local law enforcement may have found yours. Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General, announced earlier today (bold emphasis added):
“In connection with an extensive investigation into a criminal organization engaged in restaurant break-ins and property theft, state, Boston and local law enforcement have uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages and will return them today to ensure that they get back to shoppers before the weekend, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
This week, four individuals were arrested and arraigned in connection with a series of break-ins at restaurants in Quincy and Taunton, allegedly smashing cash boxes and forcibly ripping away safes. During the investigation, authorities uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages at one of the suspect’s homes… ason Geddes, 29, of Boston and Dharol Joyner, 33, of Boston, were arraigned yesterday in Quincy District Court in connection with a break-in and theft from a Wendy’s restaurant in Quincy on Dec. 14… While searching Joyner’s home, investigators uncovered dozens of unopened Amazon packages and boxes addressed to customers in Greater Boston. Investigators believe that Joyner stole these packages while working a part-time job as a delivery contractor…”
Investigations are still ongoing. Kudos to the Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police.
The Boston Police Department has launched a new security program which utilizes the internet-connect security cameras at participating businesses and homes. The program description:
“Boston Police Department, District C-11 recently launched a Public Safety Consortium among Dorchester Business Owners with an Information Sharing App, with the goal of bringing Dorchester’s Business Community together with the Boston Police Department to strategically plan and coordinate responses to emergency situations. To further this initiative, District C-11 is launching a new initiative to better coordinate, adjudicate, mitigate, prevent and respond to incidents in the community: Cam-Share.
By partnering with our neighbors, private cameras in and around our community can potentially be used as “Force- Multipliers.” Enabling Evidence to be quickly located, analyzed, and distributed among various agencies working together within the Criminal Justice System, to identify, locate, apprehend and adjudicate criminals responsible for committing an unlawful act(s)…”
While this video sharing program is new in Dorchester, similar programs exist elsewhere in the country. A quick online search found programs operating in Canyon (Texas), Elmhurst (Illinois), Schaumburg (Illinois), Washington (DC), and Waterloo (Illinois).
For more information, download the Community Cam-Share information and registration form (Adobe PDF; 490 KB). Or, contact: Timothy Connolly, Captain, Boston Police District C-11, 40 Gibson Street Dorchester, MA 02122. Phone: 617-343-4330.