A string of 32 armed robberies of liquor stores, restaurants, convenience stores, and other businesses in the Boston area could all be linked, according to court files filed in court by federal prosecutors.
The discussion of the possible link in the heists, which occurred from July 2020 to January 2021, is contained in a federal court act asking investigators to request an order requiring AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon to provide cell tower documents during the search for the suspects continues.
With the submission, these companies are supposed to provide the authorities with a so-called “tower dump” which shows which telephones were using certain towers in a certain area at a certain point in time.
Federal Attorney Charles Dell’Anno stated that an ongoing investigation into 32 commercial armed robberies in the Boston area is leading authorities to believe the cases are all interrelated.
Video surveillance, the description of the suspects in the cases, social media posts and other information led the authorities to this conviction, writes the prosecutor.
The court record also finds that investigators believe the crimes are in violation of the Hobbs Act, a federal law that makes it illegal to obstruct or interfere with trade between states through robbery or extortion
Dell’Anno included a recap of the 32 robberies that began at the Great Wok Restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston on July 25, 2020.
Authorities replied to the restaurant shortly after 1 a.m. after two masked men with guns approached the employee. They asked for money and left.
“One of the suspects fired the gun during the robbery,” the prosecutor wrote.
The same restaurant was robbed again around 1 a.m. on August 11, 2020. The authorities said they were two masked men who were armed with weapons and had the same routine. One of the suspects fired his gun. The couple ran away for $ 1,200.
A series of robberies following the same modus operandi continued throughout the Boston area, records show.
There were all three cases on August 21, 2020, the prosecutor wrote. Two masked and armed men attempted to rob a liquor store in Boston around 9:30 p.m. but received no cash.
About 30 minutes later, police learned that two men, again armed and masked, entered a 7-Eleven on Pleasant Street in Brockton and stole $ 100 and cigarettes. Then, less than 30 minutes later, there was a robbery at a grocery store on Main Street. The armed and masked men stole around $ 500.
The federal records show that some of the robberies occurred in groups within a few days in a month, or multiple in a day.
For example, on September 28, 2020, two armed and masked men entered 7-Eleven on Belmont Street in Brockton and stole around $ 700. Less than 20 minutes later, there was another robbery at a mobile gas station on Warren Avenue in Brockton. The suspects stole around $ 1,000.
Within 30 minutes, two masked men with guns robbed a shop on Quincy Street in Boston and left it with around $ 1,000.
Three robberies on October 4, 2020 are also highlighted by the robbery. These three faced the same circumstances as the previous other cases and included robberies in Randolph, Brockton and Quincy.
A few days later, on October 6, 2020, the robberies moved to the New Bedford and Fall River area, where a liquor store and grocery store were robbed. In the robbery on a liquor store, around $ 2,500 and two bottles of alcohol were stolen, the authorities said.
The federal prosecutor found that during a robbery in Brockton on October 7, 2020, a witness followed the two armed and masked men and “involved them in an argument”. One of the robbers fired his gun.
The robberies in Brockton, Boston, Quincy, Randolph, Easton and New Bedford continued from October 2020 to January 2021, records show. In one of these robberies, the men stole $ 5,200 from a Boston liquor store.
In the series of 32 robberies, more than $ 30,000 were looted, the authorities said.
Investigators believe the cell tower information can locate devices that were in use in the areas during the time of the raids and possibly identify suspects.