Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Luis CEPEDA (Larceny Over) Shoplifting Super Stop & Shop


On January 31, 2017, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 12:43pm, I was dispatched along with Officer Devin Schneider (East 4) to Stop & Shop located at 775 McGrath Hwy for a shoplifter. Upon arrival, I spoke with XXXXX, loss prevention associate for Stop & Shop. XXXXX stated he observed a Hispanic male conceal numerous items from the health and beauty care section of the store in a gray bag. The Hispanic male then attempted to exit the store without paying for the items. XXXXX also stated he was a repeat offender.


        I identified the male as Luis Cepeda, but was unable to have a thorough conversation due to a language barrier. Cepeda resembled a photograph sent out by Officer O’Meara regarding numerous thefts of razor blades from Stop & Shop. The total amount stolen pre-tax was $252.33. A receipt is attached to this report. I placed Cepeda under arrest (double locked) for Larceny Over $250. Officer Singh transported Cepeda to the station in unit 200 where he was booked by Lt. deOliveira.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Tim Van Nostrand


Somerville Police Dept.


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