Alleged car thief walked and fed dog three times after stealing SUV with animal inside

Chief (left), a yellow lab, was inside a parked SUV that was stolen from an East Boston parking lot Sunday morning.
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Chief (left), a yellow lab, was inside a parked SUV that was stolen from an East Boston parking lot Sunday morning.

The man accused of stealing a woman’s SUV with her dog inside on Sunday said he walked the dog three times and fed it three times, police said. He also said he had drunk so much he did not remember where he left the car and dog.

David Brady, 50, of East Boston, was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and resisting arrest. He stayed out of public view during his arraignment at East Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday.

A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf and the matter was continued to May 24.


Brady allegedly stole the car from outside a convenience store in East Boston Sunday morning and then abandoned it with the dog inside in Everett. Brady was arrested on Monday while walking in East Boston.

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According to a Boston police report filed in court, Brady, after his arrest, admitted to taking the vehicle but “because of his alcohol intake he did not remember where he left the car and the dog,” a yellow Labrador retriever named Chief.

“He did state that he walked the dog three times, fed the dog three times and when he left the dog/car he left the windows open slightly and left water in the car for the dog,” the report states.

During the arraignment, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Brian LeBlanc said Brady has a lengthy criminal history and a history of defaults, and he was on probation at the time he allegedly committed the crime.

On Monday, just before 6 p.m., a passerby alerted a police officer in East Boston that he’d seen a man fitting the description of the car theft suspect walking in Bremen Street Park.


The officer approached the man, who was later identified as Brady. Police said Brady initially gave an alias to the officer, and as the officer was trying to verify that information, he started running away.

Police located Brady in a yard on Morris Street, set up a perimeter, and he started running again, the report states.

Brady ran to the intersection of Brooks and Paris streets and continued to refuse to stop for police and ran between two parked cars, the report states. After officers surrounded Brady “he attempted to forcibly run through the officers,” and was taken down to the ground, the report states.

The judge set bail at $10,000 for the theft of the SUV, $500 for resisting arrest, and ordered Brady held without bail for 90 days on an open case in East Boston.

According to court records, Brady was convicted of possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug following an arrest last May. He also has been charged with larceny from a person and assault and battery on a person over 60 last November, records show.


Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle that was stolen from Trident Street in East Boston at approximately 8:51 a.m. Sunday. The victim told police that her Hyundai Santa Fe had just been taken by a man she didn’t know and that Chief was still inside the vehicle.

The next day Chief and the SUV were found in a cemetery in Everett. The dog was unharmed and reunited with its owner, according to police. Later that day, Boston police located Brady in East Boston.

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