On Friday, November 11th, 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 #16071683:
At 7:05 pm I received a call on my department issued cell phone from Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) XXXXX from TJ Maxx. TJ Maxx is located at 105 Middlesex Avenue. XXXXX stated to me that he was following a shoplifter who had just stolen a jacket from TJ Maxx.
I responded XXXXX’s location, outside of Legal On The Mystic. I observed LPO XXXXX who pointed out the suspect. The suspect was on the ground being detained by an off-duty Police Officer of the Canadian Ottawa police department: YYYYY. I placed the suspect into handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training, double locking the handcuffs. Officer Christopher Collette arrived on scene as back up. The stolen jacket was recovered on scene.
I was able to identify the suspect via his M.A. state ID as Charles Thompson. A CJIS query of Mr. Thompson’s name revealed he had an active arrest warrant for shoplifting. Mr. Thompson was transported to the police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Christopher Fusco. At the station, the suspect was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer: Sergeant Scott Whalen.
I learned from XXXXX that he had witnessed the Mr. Thompson select the North Face Jacket in the store, then rip the price tags off of it. Mr. Thompson then left the store making no attempt to pay for the merchandise. When XXXXX approached Mr. Thompson to have him return to the store, Mr. Thompson took off running.
Officer Devin Schneider