Boston police arrest teen in string of Mattapan armed robberies

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BOSTON — Boston detectives arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday in connection with a series of armed robberies in the Mattapan neighborhood after an intense investigation led them to surveillance footage linking the juvenile to the crimes.

The arrest occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m., on March 29, when detectives, while canvassing Harvard Street for additional video evidence, spotted a male matching the suspect’s description entering a convenience store at 140 Harvard Ave.

The officers, driving an unmarked cruiser, quickly approached the store and apprehended the suspect inside.

Upon further examination, a replica firearm and clothing matching the suspect’s description from the robberies were recovered.

The juvenile male, whose identity has not been disclosed due to his age, is being charged with three counts of delinquent to wit; armed robbery (while masked) and is scheduled to be arraigned at Boston Juvenile Court.

The string of robberies began on March 26 at about 8:46 p.m., when officers responded to a call at 766 Blue Hill Ave.

The suspect reportedly took all cash from the register and several marijuana products, escaping towards Abbott Street.

The following day, March 27, at about 6:54 p.m., another robbery was reported at 844 Blue Hill Ave., where the suspect made off with cash from the registers and more marijuana products, fleeing towards Vesta Road.

On March 28, around 5:49 p.m., officers were called to 124 Harvard Street for an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m., with the suspect stealing $200-$400 and escaping towards Kingsdale Street.

The Boston Police Department continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding these incidents.

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