Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting at Assembly Row Keesha VICKERS (Larceny – Shoplifting)


On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 2:45 P.M., I received a call from TJ Maxx loss prevention agent XXXXX stating she observed a female select a handbag and exit the store without making any attempt to purchase the merchandise.


XXXXX stated that she attempted to stop the female shoplifter outside the store but she ignored her and continued to walk east towards Grand Union Blvd. XXXXX informed her partner, Loss prevention agent YYYYY of the incident. YYYYY informed me that he saw the female shoplifter walk towards Artisan way. 


I located a female near the intersection of Great River Rd. and Artisan Way carrying three handbags. I stopped her and asked her to put her bags on the ground; she ignored my commands and walked away from me, stating “I ain’t talking to you until the real cops show up!” 


I identified the female as Keesha Vickers. Ms. Vickers had a brown leather handbag (Ralph Lauren) in her hand. The bag had a TJ Maxx price tag and security sensor attached to it. Inside a second bag Ms. Vickers was carrying, I located one Michael Kors bag and one Coach bag with TJ Maxx price tags and security sensors attached. The total value was $389.97.


TJ Maxx loss prevention agents identified Ms. Vickers as the female they observed shoplifting and identified the three handbags as property of TJ Maxx.


I placed Ms. Vickers under arrest for Larceny Over $250. She was transported to the Somerville Police Headquarters via unit 200, operated by Officer Rivera and booked by Lieutenant Rymill.


While assisting with the booking process, I asked Ms. Vickers to walk through the metal detector. Ms. Vickers activated the metal detector as she walked through, and when she turned around Officer Teeves saw a security sensor attached to her pants.


I informed Ms. Vickers that she would not be allowed to keep the sensor attached to her pants because it has metal and she replied “Who the fuck you think you are to tell me what to do.” Lieutenant Rymill explained to Ms. Vickers that she will be escorted by a female Officer and she could either remove her pants or allow an Officer to remove the security sensor. Ms. Vickers refused to comply and told the Lieutenant “Go fuck yourself, I’m not taking anything off”. Ms. Vickers then stated “The pants are stolen, so what? I didn’t take them from that store.”


Ms. Vickers refused to comply with the booking process; and was placed in a cell. I asked her to sit on the cell bed, and removed her right shoe and Lieutenant Rymill removed her left shoe. I asked Ms. Vickers to stand up, and with the assistance of Officer Teeves, Officer Reece and Lieutenant Rymill I was able to cut the security sensor off her pants.


Photographs of the stolen merchandise and a copy of the receipt will be attached to this report.



Respectfully submitted,  




Officer Samir Messaoudi #312

Somerville Police Dept.



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