Friday, September 9, 2011

Sept 11, Media

As you may have seen in the media, credible information exists about a possible terrorist attack focused on New York or Washington, D.C, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, possibly using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.

The Brookline Police Department maintains contact with the Boston Regional Intelligence Center. While there is no specific threat in the Brookline or Boston areas, we are encouraging all citizens to be vigilant and report suspicious activity by calling the Brookline Police Department at 617-730-2222 or 9-1-1.

The concept of homeland security begins with hometown security, where an alert public plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe.

Thursday, September 8, 2011



Occurred on 9/7 – South St.

Officers responded to the area for a breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. The victim parked her vehicle at 6:45 AM. She left work at 3:30 PM and she noticed the front passenger window of her vehicle, was smashed. Taken off the front passenger seat was her purse which contained a wallet with credit cards, personal papers as well as cash. A GPS was also taken from the vehicle.

Occurred at 2:14 on 9/7 – Harvard St./Brainerd Rd.

Officers responded to the area for a reported assault and battery at TJ Maxx. One shoplifter was in custody, and two shoplifters had assaulted store security and were trying to flee the store. An employee from the loss prevention unit reported that three black females had just driven away in a silver colored vehicle onto Lawton St. Officers quickly found the vehicle at the intersection of Lawton and Thorndike and pulled it over.

One passenger stated that they left the store because they were told that they could leave, and that they hadn’t stolen anything. The passenger was able to provide a receipt for her purchases. Back at the store, the loss prevention team stated that they have observed the shoplifter they had in custody take two shoes from the rack and begin to tamper with the security tag, while another female, later discovered in the stopped vehicle, shielded the first from the security cameras. The first then concealed the shoes in her bag and attempted to leave the store, when they were stopped by security. The one that had concealed the shoes in her bag began assaulting security but was eventually brought into the back office where the shoes were recovered.

The female in custody as well as the one discovered in the vehicle were placed under arrest for shoplifting, assault and battery, and possession of burglarious tools.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Press Release:Presentation by Chief O'Leary

Residents Invited to Presentation/Discussion by Police Chief O’Leary
Dr. Ed Wang, chair of the Brookline Human Relations-Youth Resources Commission, invites the community to hear about and discuss crime and police/community relations in Brookline with our Police Chief Daniel O’Leary. The program, sponsored by the Human Relations-Youth Resources Commission in cooperation with the Brookline Police Department, will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brookline Public Library, Hunneman Hall (2nd floor), 361 Washington Street.
Topics to be covered by Chief O’Leary are:
Police department data on traffic stops including statistics on race and gender
Police officer education and training to prevent profiling
Crime in Brookline
Recent neighborhood concerns
Concerns about cameras on the public way
The operation of the town’s emergency management program with regard to natural and man‐made situations
Chief O’Leary will also respond to questions from the audience.
This program is one of a series of joint Commission/Police Department efforts at promoting positive police/community relations and maintaining transparency with regard to policing in our town.
The Human Relations-Youth Resources Commission is Brookline’s agency working in the areas of inter-group relations, civil rights, and youth advocacy.
For more information contact Stephen Bressler at 617-730-2330 (617-730-2327 TTY only) or by email at



Occurred at 11:45 PM on 9/6 – Boylston Rd./Reservoir Rd.

Officers were dispatched to the area for a stopped MBTA bus that had requested police assistance. They entered the bus and spoke to the driver, who gestured towards a passenger and stated that he became disruptive when he got on the bus at Boylston St at Florence St. While the driver was trying to tell officers what had taken place, the passenger became agitated and was ordered off the bus. He was asked for identification. After dispatching the name of the individual, it was determined that there was an outstanding extraditable arrest warrant for him that was issued in July of 2008 out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

The driver relayed that when he went to start his route, the bus wouldn’t start and he was approximately 10 minutes late. When the agitated passenger got on and began expressing that he was upset at the bus being late, the driver tried to explain that the bus had broken down. The passenger continued his tirade against the driver, who became concerned that the passenger was distracting him from safely operating the bus. He asked the passenger to sit down, and he refused to do so.

The passenger then threatened the driver when he asked him "Is this your normal route?" to which the driver said "Yes!" The passenger then responded, "You see what I do to you!" He then appeared to be calling someone using his cell phone as he took a seat located on the opposite side of the driver and the first row of seats that faced forward. The driver at this point felt in fear of his life so he contacted MBTA Dispatch and requested police assistance. The passenger was arrested for threats to commit a crime and on the extraditable arrest warrant out of Kentucky.


Reported on 9/6 – Parkway Rd.

Officers were dispatched to take a report of a larceny of a Persian Oriental rug. The victim stated she left the rug rolled up on the top landing near the door that leads to the roof. She believes she last observed the rug around July 15, 2011. There is no sign that the building was broken into and the victim believes that someone that has access to the building removed the rug.

Motor Vehicle Crash:

Occurred at 1:27 on 9/6 – Dean Rd.

A driver on Dean Rd. lost control of his vehicle and struck an NSTAR utility pole. He was not injured, but the pole was heavily damaged. A citation for improper operation was issued.

Monday, September 5, 2011



Occurred between 2 and 8 PM – Pleasant St.

Officers responded to the area for a reported burglary. The victim told officers she discovered that two necklaces and 20 tablets of her prescription medicine were missing from her bedroom. She recently had the locks changed because of a fire. With the new locks she had only one key made, and that key was in her possession at all times. There was no signs of a break-in, so it is unclear how entry was made.

B&E&L of MV:

Occurred Overnight, 9/4-9/5 – Worthington St.

Officers responded to the area for a report of a breaking and entering. The passenger's side window was smashed and the vehicle was entered. This report is currently under investigation.


Occurred at 8 PM on 9/2 – Commonwealth Ave.

Officers responded to the area for a reported larceny. The employee stated that just before 8PM, when the staff was preparing to close for the night, there was a single customer left in the store who had requested to use the restroom. At some point, this customer left the restroom, removed a bicycle from a rack, and exited with the bike out of a front service door. The suspect is described as a white male 30-35 years of age, with blonde hair, approximately 5'-10" tall, and wearing a black T-shirt. The bike is a black and red 2011 Felt B10.

MV Crash:

Occurred at 4:48 AM on 9/2 – Beacon St./Westbourne Terr.

Officers responded to the area for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Vehicle #1 had been travelling westbound on Beacon Street when it left the marked travel lane and entered the designated parking lanes on the right shoulder. It then collided with parked vehicle (vehicle #2) and forced vehicle #2 an estimated 40' over the curb, into a town sign and then into a town tree where it came to rest. There was major front end damage to vehicle #1, and front and rear damage to vehicle #2. The driver of vehicle #1stated that he swerved to avoid animal crossing the road. The driver was a issued a citation for failure to stay within marked lanes.