Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael LE (Larceny – Shoplifting) at Home Depot


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


      On May 24, 2016 at approximately 16:55 hours, while assigned as marked unit West-6, I was dispatched to Home Depot for a report of a shoplifter struggling to break free from loss prevention. I arrived on scene a short time later and found Home Depot loss prevention associates XXXXX and YYYYY in front of the store with a male party. I could see each loss prevention associate was holding on to one of the male’s arms and that the he was still slightly struggling to break their grasp. I handcuffed this male party without incident and sat him down on a retail display in the area of the front entrance to the store. Sierra-8 SGT Kennelly arrived shortly after to assist. This male party had no identification on his person and when asked stated that he spoke English but he remained hesitant to answer simple questions such as his name. He eventually provided me the name of Le Michael. A query of this information in CJIS yielded no matching records.  

     Home Depot loss prevention associate XXXXX informed me that this male party entered the store with another unidentified male party. They proceeded to load a shopping cart with 4 five gallon buckets of Behr interior paint valued at 492.00 and two five gallon buckets of Behr interior paint valued at $266.00. The total value of this merchandise after tax is $805.38 and a receipt will be attached to this report. XXXXX states that Le and the other unidentified male suspect pushed the cart of merchandise out the front door, past all points of sale, and began to make their way to the parking lot. At this point loss prevention associates XXXXX and YYYYY attempted to stop them when the other unidentified male party fled into the parking lot. XXXXX states that this party may have left in a newer model Mazda color black. Le began to struggle with loss prevention associates and continued to attempt to break free until I arrived and placed him into handcuffs.    

     It should be noted that loss prevention associate XXXXX recognized Le from several past incidents of larceny in the Somerville Home Depot as well as the Home Depot located in South Bay. However, loss prevention has been unable to stop him up to this point. XXXXX believes the last incident of larceny Le was involved in at the Somerville Home Depot occurred approximately one week ago and involved a generator valued at approximately $400.00. Dewayne will attempt to burn video and gather information on these prior incidents and he will seek his own charges for the larcenies that occurred prior to today.

     Le was placed under arrest and charged with violation of M.G.L. ch. 266 §30 Larceny over $250.00. Unit-200 operated by Officer Teves was contacted and transported Le to Somerville Police headquarters where he was booked by Lt. Rymill. During booking, Le stated that his name was actually Michael Le; the reverse of what he provided me. He will not be charged for furnishing a false name to a police officer.


Respectfully submitted,

Officer Anderson #315


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