This morning around 5:26AM, officers from District A-1 (Downtown Boston) responded to 28 Myrtle Street to investigate a premise. Officers were advised that the caller had found the door to the restaurant door open with the locks broken off and the ATM missing from inside.
On arrival, officers observed the front door pried open but in a closed position with the ATM obviously missing. Officers entered the restaurant and there noticed that the front door had multiple obvious pry marks, and the two door locks broken. Officers also noticed an area on the floor with four holes consistent with bolts that would hold an ATM machine. Officers then further investigated the restaurant and noticed several other items that were missing which included a cash register and a safe. The restaurant owner responded to the store and confirmed that indeed the ATM had been stolen, along with a safe and a cash register.
Around 5:14AM, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to the Old Colony Housing Complex, specifically to the intersection of Old Colony Ave. and Dorchester St. for two males carrying an ATM. On arrival, officers searched the area to no avail until they walked into 20 Darius Court where they heard banging consistent with a hammer being used coming from the basement area.
Officers went to the basement, and noticed that the door appeared to be damaged with pry marks on it. Officers entered the basement area and there discovered an ATM machine that had been damaged, a safe that had been broken into, a cash drawer that had been damaged , a two wheel cart, a sledgehammer, a crowbar, a screwdriver, gloves, a set of keys, sleeping bag, clothes and money. The room that these items were found in was a small section of the basement that had walls surrounding it except for one area that had cinder blocks removed from it creating a hole.
Officers then requested the presence of a canine officer who reported to the scene. On scene, the canine officer and his dog, Nitro entered into the hole in the wall and there located two suspects hiding in the area, one in a small room and the other in a crawl space.
Both suspects, William K. Tierney, 24 and Gerald E. Perkins, 37 both of South Boston were arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering in a Building to Commit a Felony, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Concealing Stolen Goods, Larceny Over $250.00, Destruction of Property. Suspect, Tierney was additionally charged with Possession of Class B.
Officers were able to recover some of the money stolen from the restaurant along with register receipts and billing statements from Primo Restaurant in the basement.