Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Shoplifting at Home Depot 

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


     On November 15, 2015 at approximately 1725 hours, while operating as marked unit Alpha 1, I was contacted on my department issued cell phone by Home Depot loss prevention associate XXXXX. XXXXX informed me that he had just observed a gentleman in Home Depot conceal two bundles of copper wire under his jacket.  He stated that he followed him past all points of sale and the gentleman made no attempts to pay. As XXXXX attempted to stop the man in front of the store the gentleman became very confrontational and was very uncooperative. He informed XXXXX that he had bought the wire previously and was attempting to return it. When XXXXX offered to bring him in and assist with the return, the man threw the wire to the ground and began running away in the direction of the Foley Street train station in Assembly Square. XXXXX provided me with the description of the man as a white male, approximately 6ft, 200lbs, wearing light colored jeans and a grey hooded sweatshirt. As I began walking to the train station from the AMC theatre parking garage, marked unit Alpha 2 operated by Officer Mark Pulli arrived and we proceeded to drive to the train station.


     Upon arriving at the train station, I observed a male matching the description provided by XXXXX walking at a very fast pace towards the train station. As the gentleman became aware of the marked cruiser pulling in front of the entrance to the train station, he stopped briefly and appeared to consider turning around. At this point Officer Pulli and I exited the marked cruiser and stopped him. The gentleman was identified by his Massachusetts driver’s license as Paul Capotosto. When asked, Capotosto denied being at Home Depot and attempting to steal and instead stated he was at K-Mart. At this point I contacted XXXXX on my department issued cell phone and asked him to come to my location to identify Capotosto. 


     Upon arrival, lost prevention associate XXXXX confirmed that Capotosto was in fact the gentleman who he had just stopped approximately 5 minutes prior. He provided me with a receipt, a copy of which will be attached to this report, showing the value of the merchandise to be $132.49 and informed me that he is familiar with Capotosto as he has observed him steal from his store in the past but has been unable to catch him. At this point Capotosto was placed under arrest and charged with violation of M.G.L. c266 s30A Shoplifting by Asportation 3rd Offense (two prior convictions were in Capotosto’s BOP). Marked unit #200 operated by Officer Moreira was contacted to transport Capotosto to headquarters and he was booked in the usual manner by Lt. Digregorio.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Anderson #315

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