Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting & Drug Charges at Sports Authority

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.


     On November 19, 2015 at approximately 1212 hours, while working as marked unit Alpha 1, I was contacted by Sports Authority loss prevention associates XXXXX and YYYYY. I was informed by XXXXX that they were observing a group of three females who had entered Sports Authority. XXXXX stated that at least one party, later identified as Erin Eckert, was exhibiting behavior consistent with shoplifting such as removing clothes from hangers, entering the fitting room with multiple items without notifying employees, and may have possibly concealed merchandise in her purse. When I entered the store, two of the three females, later identified as AAAAA and BBBBB, quickly exited leaving Eckert inside.


     Loss prevention continued to review surveillance footage while I remained in the store monitoring Eckert. Loss prevention associate YYYYY informed me that he heard the three females conspiring to steal before entering the store making remarks such as, “Let’s go in separately and spread out”. After further review of the video surveillance, YYYYY informed me that one of the females outside had handed a piece of merchandise to Eckert which Eckert then concealed. At this point, Detective Michael Faria arrived to assist. While Detective Faria remained in the store monitoring Eckert, I proceeded outside to where AAAAA and BBBBB were standing in the parking lot and asked them for identification due to their conspiring to steal and assisting Eckert in the act of stealing. A query of each of their Massachusetts Identification Cards showed them to have no warrants. These individuals were then verbally trespassed by the on-duty manager who happened to come outside. 


     I then re-entered the store and began to question Eckert. I informed her that I was notified by loss prevention that she had concealed merchandise in her purse. Eckert eventually admitted to placing merchandise in her purse and a search of her bag uncovered 2 shirts, a jacket, and a pair of pants all with Sports Authority tags. The total of the merchandise was $260.00 (a receipt of the items will be attached to this report). Eckert then became very disruptive, speaking in a very loud manner, and refusing to listen to any orders provided by Detective Faria or me. To prevent any further disruption to the business, Detective Faria, loss prevention officers XXXXX and YYYYY, and I walked Eckert into the loss prevention office. I then queried Eckert’s name in CJIS Web and found that she had three active warrants for her arrest. At this point, unit #200 operated by Officer Ducasse, was contacted to transport Eckert to Somerville Police headquarters where she was booked in the usual manner by Lt. Mulcahy. In addition to being arrested for the active arrest warrants, Eckert is charged with violation of M.G.L. c266 s30 Larceny over $250.  


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Anderson #315

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