Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Robert HANDY (Larceny)

On Friday, July 29th, 2016, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while 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 #16046445:


At approximately 4:26 pm I received a call on my department issued cell phone from Home Depot Asset Protection Associate (APA) XXXXX. APA XXXXX stated to me that a male in his store had just pushed a cart out of the door filled with merchandise that he had not paid for. I arrived in the Home Depot parking lot a short time later. APA XXXXX directed me over the phone into the back of the parking lot where the suspect was pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise.


I exited my cruiser and approached the suspect, demanding that he stop. The suspect turned to face me and put his right hand in his pocket. I ordered the suspect to take his hands out of his pockets, and he complied. I placed the suspect in handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training, and double locked the handcuffs. I retrieved the suspect’s identification from his wallet, which revealed the suspect to be Robert Handy. Officer Samir Messaoudi (East-1) and Officer Cassandra Goncalves arrived on scene to assist.


I spoke with APA XXXXX about the events that had happened. APA XXXXX stated that he had witnessed Mr. Handy attempting to return several portable power tools without a receipt. APA XXXXX then reviewed the store surveillance video of the portable power tool section. In the video footage, XXXXX observed Mr. Handy enter the portable power tool section of the store with an unknown black female. Mr. Handy pointed to a large red box that contained a Milwaukee standing LED light that the female then selected and placed into the shopping cart. Mr. Handy selected a drill/driver set and place in into the shopping cart. XXXXX then maintained surveillance of Mr. Handy until he pushed the cart out of the store with the merchandise, making no attempt to pay for it. We were unable to locate the female who was with Mr. Handy.


I read Mr. Handy his rights pursuant to Miranda from a pre-printed card. Mr. Handy agreed to speak with. Mr. Handy vehemently denied stealing the merchandise, but could not produce a receipt. Mr. Handy stated that he thought his girlfriend had paid for the merchandise. When I asked Mr. Handy where his girlfriend was, he stated she had left in her car as soon as he was stopped by the police. I advised Mr. Handy that he was under arrest. Mr. Handy was transported back to the Somerville Police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Mark Difava. Mr. Handy was booked in the usual manner by Lt. Bill Rymill.


APA XXXXX generated a receipt with the value of the stolen merchandise. The stolen merchandise is as follows:

-Milwaukee Drill/Driver set: $129

-Milwaukee LED Standlight: $249

Total value: $378


I will be charging Robert Handy with violation of M.A. General Law Ch. 266 / S. 30: Larceny Over $250.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295


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