6:17pm: A bicycle was stolen on Vernon Street. The bike was left locked to a sign post and was taken over the weekend.
On a related note, the Brookline Police Bait Bike is back in use. The Bait Bike appears normal, but has a GPS tracker equipped that alerts police to its movements. It gets placed in various fixed locations where bike thefts are known to occur in order to proactively combat and deter bike thefts. Our Bait Bike led to several arrests last week.
On 5/25: The Bait Bike was locked to a sign post at the intersection of Brook and Kent. Officers were alerted to its movement at around 2:30pm, and were able to locate it and arrest a juvenile suspect.
On 5/27: The Bait Bike was locked to a sign post on Beacon Street when the alarm went off at around 1:30am. Officers located two male suspects. One was riding the Bait Bike and in possession of bolt cutters, and the other admitted to involvement in the theft. Both suspects were placed under arrest.
5/25: At noon, officers noticed a man acting suspiciously with a package. Believing this may be a possible package theft; officers stopped and questioned the man, who initially gave a false name. Officers learned his real identity and discovered that he was neither the recipient nor sender on the package, and could not provide information about the listed sender on the return label.
Based on the man’s behavior during the investigation, he was found to be in possession of marijuana. A Boston Police K-9 Unit was dispatched to investigate the box, and the dog alerted officers that something suspicious was in the package. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s package, which was seized, and his apartment. Detectives discovered a large sum of cash in a vacuum sealed bag within the package.
The search of the apartment yielded a large amount of marijuana and pure THC oil, as well as mailing and measuring equipment. Detectives found cash hidden in various locations as well. The man was placed under arrest for numerous charges related to Possession and Distribution.