High Bail in Charlestown Armed Robberies Case

A Dorchester man identified in a string of armed robberies was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment last week.

Brandon McCallop, 29, of Dorchester, was arraigned in Charlestown Municipal Court on three counts of armed robbery while masked in connection with armed robberies of Charlestown businesses that occurred in March and June.  Assistant District Attorney Vincent DeMore requested bail on the three dockets totaling $1 million; Judge Lisa Grant imposed $450,000 bail.

During the course of a lengthy investigation by Boston Police into a series of armed commercial robberies in and around Charlestown, McCallop was identified as the man who robbed a Thompson Square liquor store on March 19 and again on June 27 and a Bunker Hill Street dog groomer on June 15.  During all three robberies, McCallop covered his face with a mask or scarf and pointed a gun at employees while demanding cash, prosecutors said.

Boston Police obtained security camera footage from the area of the robberies, as well as witness statements and additional evidence linking McCallop to each of the robberies.  Footage from outside the Thompson Square business on June 27 captured a black Mercedes Benz in the area of the robbery, as well as footage of the man who robbed the store walking in the direction of the vehicle after the robbery.  The vehicle was registered to an associate of McCallop and he had previously been observed driving the car during earlier traffic stops by Boston Police.

On Thursday, July 5, in a joint effort between Boston Police Department A-1 detectives, S.I.U., S.W.A.T., and members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, Brandon R. McCallop of Boston was arrested and charged with armed robbery while masked.

Armed with three arrest warrants for masked armed robbery and a search warrant for the body of McCallop, members of the Boston Police Department secured the perimeter and made entry at 84 Walnut Ave. in Dorchester where McCallop was arrested without incident on July 5.

An investigation continues into similar armed robberies in Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, Lynn, Revere, and Somerville.

“I’m grateful to Boston Police and members of my office who worked together to ensure that everyone who works, lives, and goes to school in the City of Boston can do so with the confidence that they are safe,” DA Dan Conley said.  “We continue to work with our partner agencies in and outside Suffolk County to investigate other robberies with similar fact patterns, and we expect additional charges to be filed.”  McCallop returns to court August 3.

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