Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting at T.J.Maxx at Assembly Square  

On 10/28/15 at approximately 4:45 PM, I, Officer Mark Pulli badge #311, while assigned to Assembly Row Unit Alpha-2, received a call on my department issued phone from TJ Maxx Loss Prevention agent, XXXXX, who stated he had a male shoplifter in the security office who was being uncooperative and refusing to identify himself.


I notified Somerville Dispatch of the call and proceeded to TJ Maxx. Officer C. Collette, East-4, was also on scene to assist me. I entered the security office to find the male shoplifter, later identified as Jean Benoit, standing in an aggressive stance with two bags in his hands. I conducted a pat frisk of Benoit during which I located a wallet where I found his RI driver’s license. I directed Benoit to sit down. He sat down and then placed his bags on the floor. XXXXX was then able to retrieve the stolen TJ Maxx merchandise.


XXXXX stated he observed Benoit select several items ($41.95 in total value) and conceal the items in his shopping bag. XXXXX stated Benoit exited the store making no attempt to purchase the items. XXXXX approached Benoit and was able to apprehend him. Benoit stated he had exited the store to go to his car to retrieve money. I noted there was $146.00 in cash, an ATM card in Benoit’s name, and a TJ Maxx gift card in Benoit’s wallet. At this time, I observed that the $100 bill appeared larger than a typical U.S. bill. I examined the bill and quickly found based on the size and texture of the bill that it was a counterfeit bill. I also found an additional counterfeit $100 bill folded inside the wallet. 


At this time I informed Benoit that he was under arrest for Shoplifting by Concealment MGL c266 s30A and Possession of Counterfeit Notes MGL c269 s12


Benoit was transported to the Somerville Police Department via the mobile detention unit and booked according to department policy by Lt. A. Rymill.   


Respectfully Submitted,

Officer Mark Pulli #311


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