Early this morning, a tow operator got himself some Fenway souvenirs
MV files the following report, to go with the video he took of some guy stealing one of several banners off poles by Fenway:
I was awakened at approximately 4am this morning by the sound of somebody banging on a metal streetlight in front of Game On (in Fenway) with what sounded like a metal pipe. I looked outside my window to find a guy perched on the bed of a tow truck calmly trying to remove a Red Sox banner (celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Fenway) with some kind of metal rod. After he took it off the lightpole, he put it into the cab of his truck, placing it on the passenger seat. Apparently, one wasn't enough for him, and he proceeded to repeat this two more times on Landsdowne St.
While the value of the lightpole banners is obviously nominal, it's annoying that the city/Fenway park decided to put something up to try to make this neighborhood look nicer, and this guy feels comfortable brazenly and loudly stealing these things (he was out here ripping these things off for aprox 15 minutes), and leaving an eyesore (albeit minor) where the banner used to be. Even the drunks that urinate in the street here (a common site on weekend nights/after sox games) try to be a little more discreet than this guy.
After I saw him start taking the second banner, I called BPD. Unfortunately, I couldn't make out a plate, and by the time BPD arrived he was gone. I showed the arriving officer a video of the guy taking the first banner, but he said he was unable to determine the towing company from the video but that he would "take a look around."
The logo of the towing company had a silhouette of a city skyline on the doors and on the back of the cab.
Obviously, this is a very minor crime, but what got me was just how calm and brazen this driver was while going about pillaging my neighborhood - it's as if he thought that nobody actually lives here.