Boston Police report arresting a man they say carjacked a car at a Huntington Avenue gas station, crashed the car, then tried to use a credit card he found in the car to buy some booze early yesterday evening.
Police say that shortly before 5:45 p.m., a woman was filling her car's tires with air at the Citgo station on Huntington Avenue at South Huntington when Larry Hart, 39, got into the car - while holding "a small, tan dog."
The victim immediately yelled at the suspect and ran back to the driver’s side door at which time she grabbed his left arm in an attempt to remove him from the vehicle. The two struggled briefly before the suspect suddenly drove off, causing the victim to fall to the ground as he fled. The victim received minor scrapes as a result of her fall and denied the need for medical attention. A short time later, police began to receive calls indicating that the suspect had crashed into several other vehicles while fleeing outbound on the Riverway. A short time later, officers located the victim's car, damaged and abandoned in the area of 99 Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain. The suspect was last seen by witnesses fleeing the area on foot with his unidentified canine accomplice running close behind him. Additional responding officers and a BPD K-9 Unit searched the area for the suspect to no avail.
Hart, police said, could not leave well enough alone. After being alerted somebody was using the woman's credit cards in stores along Huntington Avenue, they caught up with Hart at ODB Liquors in Brigham Circle.
He was arrested on charges of carjacking, robbery, fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving stolen property, police say.
Police add the dog was unhurt in the crash and that Hart at least left his pet at home when he went out with the credit cards.