Remember this set of keys? Two weeks ago, we reported some eyewitness accounts of an arrest at 15th/Pine’s Braeburn condos of a suspected burglar carrying a massive set of keys. Well, call him the Key Ring Kid because, it turns out, the suspect in this arrest is a juvenile. And because of his age, we can’t tell you much about him other than those keys provided access to area buildings and that his case is moving through the juvenile court system.
SPD also couldn’t tell us much about the keys or where Key Ring made the score or scores required to amass his impressive collection. But some recent police reports of other incidents can shed some light.
For an example of how one might acquire some keys like these, we turn our attention to a police report filed for a November 29 incident in the 1500 block of Boylston. Sometime in the night, an unknown person…
pried open the first floor multi-use storage
room to the apartment building located at 15 Boylston Avenue. The
suspect(s) stole 30 unmarked apartment keys and rent checks from the
. The building manager was notified by an unidetified tenant
about the theft. The manager, responded to the scene then called
SPD to investigate.
Officer Stankiewicz and I, Officer Enriquez responded to the scene and
inteviewed Mr. . The scene was checked for fingerprints. Nothing of
evidentiary value was found.
And here’s an example of how those kinds of keys might be put to use…
On 11/28/2010 I was dispatched at 0046 hours to 1 Melrose AV E for a
I talked to V/ who told me that someone had used a master key to get
into her apartment on 11/27/2010 sometime between the hours of 1100 and
1700. She told me that when she got home she noticed that two music CD’s
she had just purchased were missing, value of $14.00 total. She also
noticed that two of her glass goblets were missing, value of $15.00 for the
pair. Also a pair of sapphire and silver earrings was missing, value of
V/ said she had looked to make sure the property was missing and
could not locate them anywhere in the apartment.
I saw no signs of forced entry. I gave V/ a business card with the
case number, my name and serial number. I also gave her a victim follow up
form and explained how to fill it out.
Sounds like even with the Key Ring Kid busted, there are plenty of collectors still at work. What to do? Well, if it’s an apartment you plan to stay in, you can talk to your building manager about adding your own lock to your door. You could also go the route of these veterans of city living and just leave your door unlocked and take your chances.