Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting at Home Depot

   
 
On January 15th, 2016 at approximately 16:30 hours, Officer D. Dottin and I were dispatched to Home Depot, located at 75 Mystic Avenue, for a report of a shoplifter in the Loss Prevention Office. Upon arrival I located a male party, later identified as Kenny LOK (DOB: XX/XX/XX), being trespassed from Home Depot by Loss Prevention Officer XXXXX. XXXXX advised he was watching LOK on surveillance camera and saw LOK place multiple LED light bulbs in a shopping cart before heading to the Customer Service desk. LOK then picked up pre-paid merchandise he had ordered online from the Customer Service desk, place it in his cart along with the unpaid merchandise, and attempted to leave the store. XXXXX stated he stopped LOK at the entrance with a cart full of light bulbs, both paid for and not paid for. Receipts for the light bulbs show 15 unpaid for light bulbs totaling $340.66, and 6 light bulbs LOK pre-paid for online totaling $100.56.

 

When I asked LOK what happened, he admitted he walked out of Home Depot with the unpaid light bulbs, however he said it was an absentminded mistake. LOK told me he runs an online resale business on Amazon.com where he buys products, such as light bulbs, and resells them online to return a profit. He then sends the money he makes to family members in the Philippines. LOK also stated he has a “crew” of family members working for him who often conduct “pickups” at stores, such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart. A search of LOK’s property revealed a log of stores he had ordered merchandise from online. LOK explained to me that he paid for the items online and will pick them up in store. He marks his initials in a column next to each purchase once he has picked up the items from the store.

 

XXXXX told me he believes LOK is part of a larger group using this scheme. He said Home Depot had a similar incident yesterday, where a different male attempted to leave the store with unpaid merchandise after picking up goods he had paid for online. XXXXX stated that to his knowledge, he has not seen LOK before.

 

LOK was arrested for Shoplifting over $100, handcuffed, and transported to the station for booking. With his permission, the light bulbs he had paid for were placed in his locked vehicle. The information provided by XXXXX regarding a possible Organized Retail Crime group using this scheme will be passed on to A1 and A2.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Officer Reece #325

 

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