Real Life Somerville Police Stories:PHYLECIA A RUCKER  Larceny over $250 Nike Factory Outlet Assembly Row


On June 26, 2017, at approximately 17:15 hours, I, Officer Rivera, while in full uniform and working as Alpha 1, responded to the Nike Factory Outlet, 300 Artisan Way, with Alpha 3, Officer Fusco, for a report of a shoplifter who exited the store and walked towards Assembly Row.


On arrival, I spoke to Nike Associate, XXXXX. He stated that the suspect walked out of the store with a large amount of clothing without paying for it. He then stated that the suspect was wearing a coral tank top, black pants, and was carrying a large dark colored bag and a large purse. He also stated that the suspect has a piercing above the right eye.


Officer Fusco and I were able locate the suspect, now known to me as Phylecia Rucker, on 495 Artisan Way. This location is approximately two blocks away from the Nike Outlet. When I approached Ms. Rucker I immediately observed, in plain view, a red tank top with a Nike logo, inside of Ms. Rucker’s purse. I was able to recover 13 articles of clothing, with a total value of $298.40, from Ms. Rucker. I then informed Ms. Rucker that she was under arrest for Larceny Over $250. After querying Ms. Rucker’s information with the Somerville dispatch, I was informed that she had an active default warrant from the Lynn District Court, docket: 1713CR000601.


Ms. Rucker was transported to the station, via 200, that was operated by Officer Marra. Once at the station, she was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant Rymill.


I conducted a follow up at the Nike Outlet and spoke to Nike Associate YYYYY. He stated that while on the sales floor, he observed Ms. Rucker select a large amount of clothing and observed her concealing the items in a large bag and purse. He stated that he also observed Ms. Rucker walking past all points of sale, failing to pay for the concealed merchandise, and exit the store.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Joseph Rivera #309

Somerville Police Department

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