With the help of its anonymous smartphone application and text message tip services, MBTA Transit Police detectives have been able to identify two men wanted for apparently attempting to sell firearms at Airport Station, police said.
On Jan. 5, Transit Police posted information about a Dec. 22 incident in which two men approached a man at the station, offering to sell him a .40-caliber gun, a .380-caliber gun or both.. The posting also listed information about an anonymous text message tip line and smartphone See Say app.
Through these programs detectives received “numerous tips,” enough to identify the individuals, police said today. . As a result, the investigation is now ongoing, police said.
“The MBTA and Transit Police extend their gratitude to those who assisted investigators,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.
Both programs enable users to contact Transit Police anonymously, providing tips from cellphones.
The See Say App, available on the Android and iTunes app stores, enables users to take and send photos to Transit Police, as well as directly dial Transit Police to report a problem.
The text message tip line allows users to submit tips by sending a text message to “873873.”
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