Officer Gerald Dorsainvi was doing a routine patrol on September 22 when a homeless man at South Station told him someone had approached him and a friend about burning down a house on the Cape for money. Dorsainvil reported the scheme to his supervisors, and the authorities arranged a sting. The homeless men agreed to go with the man when he came to pick them up, and Boston police followed the car in unmarked police vehicles. The man who tried to hire the homeless men was subsequently arrested on the Cape.

“The MBTA officer could have easily dismissed a homeless guy saying, ‘Beat it, you’re a pain in the neck,’ but he didn’t,”  a spokesman for the Harwich Police Department told reporters. 

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