On Thursday, July 14th, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform assigned to the Assembly Row unit in marked cruiser 660. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16042882:
At approximately 6:45 pm I was on patrol with Officer Tyler Sousa, when we received a report from Home Depot Loss Prevention XXXXX that he had several known shoplifters in his store. As Officer Sousa and I made our way to Home Depot, XXXXX updated us that one of the group of suspected shoplifters had selected a water heater and placed it on a flat-bed cart. Officer Sousa and I arrived in the Home Depot parking lot a short time later.
XXXXX informed us that one of the suspected shoplifters was leaving the store without paying for merchandise. Officer Sousa and I pulled up to the front of the store in our marked cruiser, where we saw a male exit the store with a flat-bed cart, loaded with a water heater and two drill sets. XXXXX indicated that this was the male who was shoplifting. Officer Sousa and I exited the cruiser and stopped the male. As we began to speak with the suspect, XXXXX began pointing to another male who was exiting the store and stated that this second male was involved in the theft. I placed the first suspect in handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training, while Officer Sousa stopped the second suspect and placed him into handcuffs.
The first suspect who walked out with the merchandise was identified as Tyshawn Taylor. The second suspect was identified as Mark Knight. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Knight were both read their rights pursuant to Miranda from a pre-printed card. Both suspects stated that they understood their rights. I asked the suspects how they knew each other and they stated they were friends. I asked how they had come to Home Depot and they stated that they had come together in a white Honda. I spoke privately with Mr. Taylor. Mr. Taylor confirmed that Mr. Knight was involved with the shoplifting.
I spoke with XXXXX about what had occurred inside the store prior to Officer’s arrival. The following narrative is a summary of Mr. Brown’s statements to me:
XXXXX was on the Home Depot sales floor when he spotted the two suspects, plus another male enter the store. XXXXX recognized the three males from an internal store BOLO (Be on the lookout) bulletin, for shoplifting incidents that have occurred at various Home Depot locations. Mr. Knight had been stopped for shoplifting the week prior at the Home Depot in Boston Southbay.
XXXXX maintained surveillance of Mr. Taylor, and saw him select the water heater and place it on the flat-bed cart. He then saw the cart a short time later with the two Mikita drill sets. XXXXX stated that it appeared that Mr. Knight was trying to distract the sales associate at the door by doing a sales return and acting in an over-exaggerated manner. After Mr. Taylor left the store with the stolen merchandise, Mr. Knight stated to the sales clerk: never mind, I am all set.
We searched the area for the third male but were unable to locate him.
I spoke on the phone with Home Depot Loss Prevention YYYYY from the Boston Southbay Home Depot location. YYYYY confirmed that Mr. Knight had been caught shoplifting at around 9:00 pm on 7/11/2016 at the Southbay Home Depot location. YYYYY further stated that Mr. Knight was issued a no trespass warning, not to enter Home Depot property for a period of one year from the time of the incident.
The total value of the two Makita Cordless Drill Sets and the water heater was $875.00. Home Depot provided a sales receipt for the stolen items.
The suspects were transported back to the station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Chris Fusco. I will be filing the following charges:
Tyshawn Taylor: Ch. 266 / S. 30 Larceny Over $250, Ch. 274 / S. 7 Conspiracy to Commit Larceny
Mark Knight: Ch. 266 / S. 30 Larceny Over $250, Ch. 274 / S. 7 Conspiracy to Commit Larceny, Ch. 266 / S. 120 Trespassing
Officer Devin Schneider