Michael T. Jones, 44, of Dorchester, used his service handgun to stick up the Best of Boston gas station at Washington and Albano streets shortly before 4 this afternoon, police say.
Jones, a patrolman assigned to District E-18 in Hyde Park, was placed on administrative leave pending termination, according to a Boston Police Department statement. Jones, who had been on the force since 1988, was charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of armed assault with intent to rob and two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
The Herald reports Jones used his Glock gun for the stick-up - and that he had not reported for work since Jan. 2, when he called in sick.
Police report arresting Jones about an hour after the holdup, thanks to reports from witnesses, who were able to provide a license-plate number that led police to Jones's Dorchester home - where they found him in the front seat of his car, and clothing matching that reported by witnesses in the back seat.
"The internal investigation on this case is well underway and the punishment will be aggressive and certain," police Commissioner Ed Davis said. "It is reprehensible when an officer violates the law that he is entrusted to uphold and I will not stand for it. This department will continue to remain steadfast in its efforts to protect and serve the citizens of our city with absolute integrity.”
Around 7 p.m., the station was still blocked off with police tape, there were a couple of cruisers and uniformed officers and a number of detectives, including one loading a long metal box into a Crime Scene Investigation SUV.
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