Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael RICCIO (Larceny, Theft Protection Device)Shoplifting at Assembly Row Saks Fifth Ave


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

On February 10, 2016 at approximately 12:15 hours, I observed two males walking east on Canal Street. One of the males struck me as suspicious, as he was walking in a hurried manner and continued to look behind him as if he was expecting someone may be watching him. As I followed the two males, later identified as Michael Riccio and XXXXX, I received a phone call on my department issued cell phone from Saks Off Fifth Avenue Loss Prevention Associate YYYYY. YYYYY informed me that a male, matching the description of Riccio, had just taken several t-shirts and two pairs of sunglasses from his store.


I called the shoplifting incident into dispatch and stopped Riccio and XXXXX in the area of Canal Street and Assembly Row. I asked Riccio if he had been in Saks which he denied. Saks Loss Prevention Associate YYYYY arrived in the area and identified Riccio as the person who stole from his store. A search of Riccio yielded two pairs of pliers from his front right jeans pocket, 5 t-shirts from his backpack with price tags still on them from Saks, and two pairs of sunglasses with price tags still on them also from Saks.


It should be noted that all sunglasses from Saks are equipped with a theft detection device. These two pairs of sunglasses did not have the theft devices on them. Further, the video from Saks shows Riccio apparently making a cutting motion after picking up the sunglasses from the store shelf. The sunglasses were then no longer visible on camera and Riccio exited the store. Saks Loss Prevention will make this video available at request. Riccio is charged with violation of M.G.L ch. 266 §30 Larceny Over $250 and violation of M.G.L. ch. 266 §30B Removal of a Theft Detection Device.      


Also recovered from Riccio’s bag was a new pair of Nike sneakers with price tags still on them. Riccio stated that he had gone into Nike prior to entering Saks. Riccio did not have a receipt for these shoes and could not tell me where they came from. During a follow-up at Nike, store employees stated that Riccio made no purchases. The shoes were returned to Nike and valued at approximately $60.00. For this Riccio is charged with violation of M.G.L. ch. 266 §60 Receiving Stolen Property.


It was determined that the other party involved in this incident, XXXXX, had just gotten off the train and met with Riccio. He was not aware of the thefts, was not in the area during the time of the thefts, and had no stolen property in his possession. XXXXX was advised and allowed to leave the scene. 


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Anderson #315

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