Real Life Somerville Police Stories:David MCGRATH (Shoplifting)

On Friday, October 28th, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform while assigned to the Assembly Square unit. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16068613:


At 5:45 pm it was reported to me by Puma manager XXXXX that a male had stolen a black Ferrari backpack and walked towards the Assembly Square MBTA station. The Puma outlet store is located at 341 Artisan Way. I responded to the Assembly Square MBTA station where I observed a male on the upper walkway matching the description given to me by XXXXX. The suspect was wearing a black Puma backpack with a Ferrari logo.


I stopped the suspect just before the turnstiles, and identified him as David McGrath. Officer Cassandra Goncalves (East-1), and Officer Timothy Sullivan (K9) arrived on scene to back me up. I contacted XXXXX via phone who informed me that he had witnessed the suspect take a black backpack from the store display, then leave the store making no attempt to pay for the stolen merchandise. The backpack was valued at $90. XXXXX sent me a picture of the suspect captured from the store’s video surveillance system, which matched the appearance of Mr. McGrath.


Mr. McGrath was placed under arrest, and I handcuffed him in a manner consistent with my training. Mr. McGrath was transported to the police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Robert Hartsgrove. At the station, Mr. McGrath was booked in the usual manner by Lt. William Rymill.


A Board of Probation check revealed that Mr. McGrath had over 2 previous shoplifting charges with a guilty finding. Based upon the above mentioned facts, I will be charging David McGrath in violation with M.A. General Law Ch. 266 / S.30A: Shoplifting by Asportation, 3rd subsequent offense.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295


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