Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Ayman JANINI (Larceny, Removal of Theft Device)

On 3/15/2017, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to marked unit East-1 during the evening shift. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #17015867:


At approximately 7:13 pm I responded to a report of a Saks loss prevention officer (LPO) who was following a male who had just shoplifted from Saks Off Fifth Avenue. Officer Michael McCarey (East-4), Officer Alex Lorenti (East-2) and Sergeant Michael Kennelly (S-9) responded as well. Saks Off Fifth Avenue is located in Assembly Square, at 300 Canal Street. Officers arrived in the area a short time later, where we located the suspect who was being followed by LPO XXXXX in the parking lot of Bed Bath and Beyond. Bed Bath and Beyond is located across the street from Saks off Fifth Avenue. Officer McCarey placed the suspect into handcuffs, in a manner consistent with his training.


I learned the following information from LPO XXXXX:

LPO XXXXX had witnessed the suspect in her store with a female via the store’s video surveillance system. The female had selected a pair of True Religion brand jeans, a pair of True Religion shorts, and then hand them to the male suspect. The suspect had then concealed the jeans and shorts inside the front of his pants, in full view of the female suspect. LPO XXXXX had also witnessed the male suspect select two pairs of sunglasses and conceal him in his pockets. LPO XXXXX then witnessed the male suspect exit the store, making no attempt to pay for the stolen merchandise. 


LPO XXXXX approached the male outside of the store, identified herself, and asked the suspect to come back into the store with her. The male suspect took the clothing from inside of his pants, threw them on the ground, and took off running. LPO XXXXX followed the suspect, while contacting the Somerville Police Department. As LPO XXXXX followed the suspect, she observed him take the sunglasses from his pocket and throw them on the ground, somewhere in the vicinity of the parking lot in front of TJ Maxx. After searching the area for a period of time, we were unable to locate the sunglasses.


The suspect had no identification on him, and verbally identified himself as Ayman Janini. Mr. Janini originally gave Officer McCarey an incorrect spelling of his last name when he identified himself, in what I perceived to be an effort to mislead Officers as to his true identity. A search of Mr. Janini’s person revealed a pair of wire cutters, believed to be used to remove the merchandise’s theft protection devices. Mr. Janini was transported to the Somerville Police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Robert Hartsgrove. At the station he was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer: Lt. William Rymill.


I met with the female involved in the larceny, identified as Mr. Janini’s wife: YYYYY. I will be seeking a criminal complaint against YYYYY for her joint venture in the concealment of the merchandise. I reviewed the store surveillance video with LPO XXXXX. I could see that when Mr. Janini selected the sunglasses, they had theft detection devices attached to them. When Mr. Janini left the store the theft detection system did not alert, leading me to believe that he had removed the theft detection devices prior to leaving the store. According to LPO XXXXX, all of the True religion Jeans had theft detection devices on them as well, leading me to believe he had removed the theft protection devices from the clothing as well.


Attached to this report is a digital photograph of the clothing, as well as a receipt for the stolen merchandise. The value of the sunglasses was calculated by LPO XXXXX selecting two pair of sunglasses like the pair she had witnessed Mr. Janini conceal. The wire cutters were entered into evidence in the usual manner. Mr. Janini is charged with the following violations of M.A. General Law:

-Ch. 266 / S. 30: Larceny Over $250

-Ch. 266 / S. 30B: Removal of a Theft Detection Device.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295


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