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    Construction workers commended for helping catch theft suspect

    Two construction workers and a Boston police officer received a special commendation Thursday for chasing down and subduing a suspect who allegedly stole from the Berklee College of Music bookstore on Boylston Street.

    The incident led to the arrest of a suspect with a violent history and “numerous unrelated warrants,” according to police officials. The three men helped take him into custody after a struggle.

    Police said Officer Edward Fleming was working a construction detail at 888 Boylston St. around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 when a call came over his police radio for a larceny from the store a few blocks away.


    When he saw a suspect walk by with the stolen merchandise — electronics, police said — the “ever-vigilant” Fleming began to chase him on foot.

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    The man fled into the Prudential Center, where Fleming, a 21-year department veteran, pursued him through the building’s corridors and caught up with him near an elevator.

    Police released a video showing the confrontation that ensued, as the suspect attempted to shove his way past Fleming and evade capture.

    As the situation grew tense, Turner Construction workers Ned Flood and Robert Doyle were making their way down the hallway, police said. They had seen the chase, and followed along into the Pru.

    “When they saw Officer Fleming struggling to take the suspect into custody, without regard for their own safety, they came to Officer Fleming’s aid, allowing for a quick resolution to the struggle,” police said in a statement.


    Police Commissioner William Evans gave the men official commendation plaques, noting that construction workers “do a lot for this city and have always had a great relationship with our officers.”

    Captain Paul Ivens of the South End district added: “The ‘thin blue line’ just got a little bit thicker.”

    Andy Rosen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.