K-9 helps nab man seen breaking into buildings on Boylston Street

Boston Police Department
Vader, the Boston police K-9.

With the help of a Boston police K-9, officers arrested a man who was allegedly seen breaking into buildings on Boylston Street on Sunday morning.

Sam Hess, 28, of Boston, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, resisting arrest, and trespassing, according to a release on

Officers from District D-4 in the South End responded to the call for a breaking and entering in progress around 400 Boylston St. at about 9:55 a.m., police said.


The suspect, described as a man in his 30s wearing a black winter hat, red bandana, tan sweatshirt, and blue jeans, was seen trying to force his way into into an apartment in the back of 410 Boylston St., police said.

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Officers saw the suspect climb onto a fire escape at 400 Boylston St. and then enter the building through a second-floor window, police said. An officer and his K-9 partner, Vader, then went inside and began searching for the suspect, eventually finding him hiding inside a crawl space under a first floor stairwell, police said.

“When the suspect refused to surrender himself and exit the building, Vader was sent in to influence him to do otherwise,” police wrote. “In short time, the suspect was taken into custody.”

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