Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Accused of Attempting to Steal Three Air conditioners from Home Depot



This is a summary of the events pertaining to incident # 15023344.

On Thursday, 05/21/2015, at approximately 2:00 PM, Officer Joseph Moreira assigned to East 1 along with Officer Christopher Collette assigned to East 4 was dispatched for a man at Home Depot that stole 3 air conditioners and is waving a knife at people in the store.
I, Officer Albert Gee assigned to Alpha 1 along with Officer Michael Cabral Jr on assignment and Officer Michael Wyatt assigned to Charlie 4 responded to assist.

Upon arrival I entered the store with Officer Cabral Jr. We were greeted by Home Depot Loss Prevention Officer Michael Grenier who said that the male in question is in the Tools section wearing a grey sweat shirt. We entered the Tools section and saw the male party that was unsteady on his feet and holding a saw blade set, he was identified as Mr. Robert Scafidi. We asked him if he had anything sharp on him and he said he has a needle. I searched his pockets and found knife clipped to his right jeans pocket. It was a Milwaukee Fastback folding knife with a red handle and a 3″ black blade half serrated. I informed Mr. Scafidi possession of a knife with a blade longer than 2.5″ was a violation in Somerville. I also removed a capped needle from the same pocket, one loose orange round pill and one white elliptical pill with D 24 imprinted on it from his left front jeans pocket and his wallet from his left back pocket.

I asked Mr. Scafidi what he was doing with the 3 air conditioners and he said he was buying them. I asked him how he was intending on purchasing them and he said his friend was going to pay for them. I asked him what his friend name was and he didn’t answer. I asked him if he was waving his knife around the store and he said no.

I them spoke with Loss Prevention Officer Grenier. He stated he was alerted by the Home Depot Assistant Manager Jose Marte that a white male was acting strange near the air conditioner section. Mr. Grenier saw Mr. Scafidi select 3 air conditioners, a 8 pack of Powerade, and a Dewalt Power washer, put the items on a flat bed cart and proceed to exit Home depot passing the security towers. Mr. Marte and Mr. Grenier approached Mr. Scafidi and said he didn’t purchase the items on the cart and he said Mr. Scafidi said he purchased them and his friend has the receipt. Mr. Scafidi left the store and walked to a white Uhaul truck to see if his friend was there and pulled at the door handle but it was locked. He then reentered the store and entered the Tools section where Mr. Grenier observed him was using a knife to cut open the packaging to a drill.

We attempted to locate the Uhaul that was involved but it could not be found. Based on the statements I placed Mr. Scafidi under arrest for Larceny over $250.00 and VCO possession of a dangerous weapon, knife. He was hand cuffed, and transported to by the prisoner transport vehicle to the Somerville Police station where he was booked by Lt. Rymill in the usual manner.

Respectfully Submitted,

Officer Albert Gee #287.
Somerville Police Dept.

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