Boston Police report an officer on a drinks run for his district at the Andrew Square Dunkin' Donuts early this morning was forced to drop the beverages to arrest a man who was trying to rob the place.
Police say the officer had just placed an order for several caffeinated beverages and one orange juice when a man came in and asked to use the restroom - only to be told they didn't have one and to try up at the South Bay Mall. The cop gathered his drinks and walked out to his cruiser, parked in the back of the shop:
As the officer approached the car, a Dunks employee burst through the rear door, exclaiming in fear, “He’s robbing us! He’s robbing us!” The officer instinctively sprang into action (so quickly and with such abandon, in fact, that he dropped the coffee on the ground!) and responded to the front entrance. The officer took up a tactical position and maintained a visual on the suspect as the suspect picked up a brown paper bag and headed to the exit. The suspect walked out the door only to be greeted by the officer as he emerged from the doorway. Once outside, the suspect dropped the paper bag, and the officer placed the suspect into custody without further incident. The officer recovered the paper bag and the several hundred dollars of stolen US currency inside.
Stephen M. White, 51, was charged with unarmed robbery and threats to do bodily harm, police say.
The grateful employees replaced the spilled coffee, police add.