Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting/Malicious Distruction of Property Assembly Row


On 8/13/15 at approximately 2:30 PM I, Officer Mark Pulli badge #311, while assigned to Assembly Row Unit Alpha-2, was conducting a follow-up investigation at Nike when I observed a Hispanic male walking through the store, later identified as Juan Molina, that I recognized as being a possible suspect in a previous incident on 8/11/15.


As I was standing just inside the entry/exit door, Molina was walking toward the exit, he stopped abruptly after making eye contact with me, and turned around and began looking through a shirt rack. I exited the store and stepped to the side of the doorway as I contacted Alpha-1, Officer Gee, and informed him of my observation.


Molina exited the store without purchasing any merchandise about a minute after me. I informed Somerville Dispatch of my location and I approached Molina and ask him if I could talk to him. Molina stopped and I informed him that he matched the description of a suspect in an armed assault that took place outside of Saks the other day. Officer Gee arrived on scene and for officer safety we conducted a pat frisk of Molina for weapons. A capped hypodermic needle was located in Molina’s right front pocket and was properly disposed of. 


A CJIS/RMV query of Molina showed that he had 3 outstanding warrants out of Worcester District Court. At this time I placed Molina under arrest. While searching Molina’s backpack, I found three pairs of new Nike sneakers. I asked Molina if he had purchased the sneakers and he said “no”. 


Having directly observed Molina leave the Nike store without making any purchases, I conducted a follow-up investigation at Nike where I discovered that the three pairs of sneakers, valued at $449.97 total, where part of their inventory and had not been purchased from the store. The sneakers were returned to Nike. 


Molina is also being charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over $250 MGL c266 s60.


Molina was transported to the Somerville Police Department via the mobile detention unit and booked according to department policy by Lt. Digregorio.


Respectfully Submitted,

Officer Mark Pulli #311.



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