On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Boston Police Department released surveillance video depicting a person of interest associated with a series of break-ins in South Boston. Two incidents occurred between the hours of 1:00 AM and 6:30 AM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the areas of Gates Street and Frederick Street, and three incidents occurred between the same time frame on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in the areas of Mercer Street, Old Harbor Street, and East Seventh Street. In all incidents, the suspect(s) entered or attempted to enter residences through open windows.
At about 8:20 PM on Thursday, August 10, 2017, officers responded to a radio call for the removal of a male and a female sleeping in a hallway in the area of 177 West 9th Street, South Boston. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the persons in question. While attempting to identify the individuals, officers were contacted by detectives and notified that the male was a possible suspect in the above-noted string of break-ins in the area and additionally had an active warrant for his arrest out of Fall River. Further investigation allowed officers to identify the male as 29-year-old Michael Hazel of Fall River with an outstanding warrant issued out of Fall River District Court on August 8, 2017 for Breaking and Entering in the Daytime. The officers also observed that Hazel was wearing the same clothes as the suspect depicted in the publicly released surveillance video.
Officers arrested Hazel by virtue of the outstanding warrant and have sought additional charges in South Boston District Court for Breaking and Entering.
Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “This is really solid work both by my officers and detectives, and by the members of the community who came together to assist us. In just a few short days, we have been able to apprehend a criminal wanted for crimes in two communities. This arrest should put South Boston residents’ minds at ease.”