On Saturday, September 10th, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform and assigned to the Assembly Square unit. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16057203:
At approximately 4:30 pm I was in the Loss Prevention office of Saks Off Fifth Avenue, located at 300 Canal Street. While in the office, I observed on the store’s video surveillance systems a female exit the store with a jacket draped over her arm. I could see that the jacket still had a price tag on it. I conferred with Loss Prevention Officer XXXXX, who stated that the jacket was store merchandise, and it did not appear that the female had paid for the jacket. I exited the store and searched the area for the suspect.
A short time later I received a call on my department issued cell phone from XXXXX, who stated that the suspect had re-entered the store and had stolen additional merchandise before leaving the store. XXXXX and I located the suspect in the parking lot across the street from Express Outlet store. The suspect was attempting to get into a 1995 red Ford Explorer, operated by a female (subsequently identified as YYYYY.) I approached YYYYY and ordered her to turn off the running motor vehicle. YYYYY complied, and I took the keys. I then went over and stopped the suspect (subsequently identified as Jennifer Boutin,) who was attempting to flee. I grabbed Ms. Boutin by the arm and ordered her to sit down. A short time later I was joined by several additional police units as backup.
In Ms. Boutin’s possession was a reusable shopping bag from Saks that contained two pairs of shoes belonging to Saks. I asked YYYYY what her involvement with Ms. Boutin was, and she stated that to her knowledge Ms. Boutin was school shopping for her daughter. She stated that Ms. Boutin had brought several bags of merchandise to her Explorer already. YYYYY provided consent to search her vehicle. In the back seat of the vehicle was several more pairs of shoes and the jacket Ms. Boutin was seen leaving the store with. Additionally, merchandise belonging to TJ Maxx and Kmart was with the Saks merchandise in the vehicle.
I placed Ms. Boutin under arrest, putting her into handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training. Ms. Boutin was transported back to the Somerville Police Station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Joseph Teves. Ms. Boutin was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer, Lt. William Rymill.
I will be charging Jennifer Boutin with the following violations of M.A. General Law:
-Ch. 266 / S. 30: Larceny over $250
-Ch. 266 / S. 60: Receiving Stolen Property Over $250
Ms. Boutin was identified as the perpetrator of a shoplifting event that occurred on 05/16/2015. Complaint to be filed by Officer Al Gee.
Officer Devin Schneider