A woman walking home from the Washington Square T stop called police just after midnight on Thursday morning, after she says two men came up to her and took her cell phone and ran. Shortly afterward, police arrested and charged two men with unarmed robbery.
According to a Brookline Police Blog post, the woman described the subjects as one clean-shaven Hispanic male in his early- to mid-twenties, with a flat-brimmed hat, short black hair; the other was also a Hispanic male in a black hat. The two got into a black vehicle after the incident, reported at 12:05 a.m.
Shortly afterward, 12:55 a.m., police say they saw a black vehicle with no front plates driving into Brookline from Brighton, and noted that the passengers matched the victim's description from earlier. When officers ran the plates, they found that the plates matched another car.
Police pulled the two men over, found a cell phone like the one stolen from the woman on Washington Street near Corey Road. The woman positively identified the two men, and police arrested and charged them with unarmed robbery.
The short time between the arrest and the incident prompted the Police Blog writers to ask "was it worth it?"