A Mission Hill breaking-and-entering suspect was later found with the stolen goods and a loaded shotgun, according to local authorities.
Andre Hopkins, 47, is on $20,000 bail after being charged with breaking and entering and several other counts at West Roxbury Municipal Court on Aug. 22. He is involved with other open cases in West Roxbury Municipal Court and Suffolk Superior Court, and Judge Mary Ann Driscoll revoked his bail on the open cases.
On Aug. 21, Boston Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a call for breaking and entering in the area of 60 Wait St. A suspect had entered an apartment and stolen a laptop and several other items before fleeing the area on a bike. After obtaining a description of the suspect, the officers observed Andre Hopkins riding a bicycle quickly near Shawmut Avenue and Dudley Street. The officers followed Hopkins for several blocks and were able to stop him when a winter jacket that Hopkins was holding got caught in the wheel of the bike, causing it to stop suddenly.
Hopkins was placed in custody after officers observed what appeared to be a long shotgun that had been underneath the jacket fall to the ground. The officers recovered a loaded shotgun, the stolen laptop, and other items which did not belong to the suspect. Hopkins was positively identified for breaking and entering, and was transported from the scene, according to the police.
While at the booking desk, the suspect said, “You ain’t gonna charge me with that gun are you? I found that. I took the other stuff, but that gun wasn’t mine,” according to the police.
The suspect appeared in court on charges of carrying a rifle or shotgun on a public way, unlawful possession of ammunition, breaking and entering, resisting arrest, and trespassing. He is represented by Jeff Garland, who was unavailable for comment. Hopkins returns to court on Sept. 16.
[Information from the Suffolk County District’s Attorney Office and bpdnews.com was used in this article.]