Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting at Assembly Row


Devereaux arrest age 26

At approximately 4:35pm on January 23, 2015 I, Officer Salvatore Fusco, while assigned as the A1 walking unit in full uniform, at the Assembly Row
Shopping area was about to conduct a business contact at J.Crew when I observed an unknown white male place an item under his coat while I was looking in the window from the sidewalk on Artisan Way. After observing the unknown male I entered the store using the front door, and as I did the suspect walked out of view and was standing in an alcove on the right side of the store. As I approached the suspect, I observed him removing clothing and he was attempting to put on the shirt that he had just concealed under his coat.

As I approached the suspect I told him to stop what he was doing at which time he fled the store while pushing past the property security that were outside the entrance door. The suspect upon exiting the store turned left and ran towards Great River Rd, as I chased him for a short distance. I then notified dispatch and requested another unit to my area at which time Detective McNally said the he was across the street near the Christmas Tree shop. I then broadcast the description of the suspect which was that of a white male with red hair wearing a ripped white T-shirt and gray sweat pants. Within a couple of minutes after hearing the description Detective McNally encountered the suspect in front of A.C. Moore and took him into custody. After hearing that Detective McNally had encountered the suspect and placed him in custody I responded to his location and assisted him with the suspect who we were able to Identify through an Id as Jonathan Devereaux.

Jonathan Devereaux was placed into the prisoner transport vehicle, (Officer Lorenti) which was in the area assisting in the search for the suspect and was transported to the Somerville Police Station where he was advised of his rights and booked for shoplifting and resisting arrest.
After Jonathan Devereaux was transported to the Police Station, I went to J.Crew to retrieve his clothing, and to obtain the value of the item he was concealing inside his coat. I learned that the shirt that Jonathan Devereaux was concealing was a two tone gray shirt with a cost of $29.99.

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