On 1/16/2018, I (Officer Devin Schneider), was in full uniform while assigned to marked cruiser East-1 during the 8am-4pm shift. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #18003233:
At 9:55am, I was on patrol when I received a tip from Saks Off Fifth Avenue (300 Canal Lane) Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) XXXX, that a known male shoplifter was in the area of Assembly Square. According to LPO XXXX, the suspect had stolen five pair of True Religion jeans from his store on 11/28/2017, valued at $779.94. The suspect from this incident had not been apprehended, and remained unidentified. LPO XXXX sent me a picture of the suspect, and informed me that video of the incident was available.
I made my way to the Assembly Square area and began a search. At 10:08am, I observed a male walking across the Kmart parking lot, who’s appearance was an exact match of the picture that LPO XXXX had sent me. Additionally, the suspect was wearing the same blue Patriots hat, and camouflage style backpack that he was wearing in digital photo taken from the shoplifting incident on 11/28/2018. I approached suspect outside of Saks Off Fifth Avenue, and conducted a threshold inquiry. Officer Michael McCarey (East-3), Officer Michael Wyatt (East-4), Officer Timothy Sullivan (Detail), and Officer Steve St. Hillaire (C-1), responded to my location for assistance.
The suspect was identified as Carlos RAMIREZ via his temporary MA ID paper. After running a CJIS query of RAMIREZ, I learned that he had an extensive criminal history of shoplifting and larceny related offenses on his Board of Probation record. Additionally, RAMIREZ was carrying an open-top paper bag from TJ Maxx that I could see into. Inside the bag I observed three boxes JBL headphones. I asked RAMIREZ if he could produce a receipt for the headphones, and he stated that he had thrown it away. I asked RAMIREZ if he had any weapons, and he produced a fixed blade knife, with a blade 4″ in length.
I contacted TJ Maxx LPO XXXX, who responded to our location. LPO XXXX stated that he had been watching RAMIREZ on their store video surveillance system. RAMIREZ had selected the headphones, gone to a corner of the store, bent over and disappeared from the camera’s view, then re-emerged without the headphones. LPO XXXX stated that he had believed that RAMIREZ had concealed the headphones, but based on store policy, did not have enough elements to initiate an apprehension. LPO XXXX then observed as RAMIREZ selected a sweater from a store display, purchased it, then left the store. XXXX was able to produce a receipt which reflected the value of the three headphones, at $279.97. XXXX informed me that due to store policy, they would only be able to release the video of the incident with a subpoena.
I read RAMIREZ his rights pursuant to Miranda from a pre-printed card. RAMIREZ indicated to me that he understood his rights, and was willing to speak with me. RAMIREZ denied any involvement with shoplifting at either of the stores. I observed that RAMIREZ was also carrying a plastic bag, inside of was a North Face jacket that matched the jacket he was wearing in the digital image of the 11/28 Saks shoplifting incident.
I placed RAMIREZ under arrest, handcuffing him in a manner consistent with my training (double locked). RAMIREZ was transported back to the station in the Housing Police cruiser, operated by Housing Police Officer Peter Granitsas (U93). At the station, RAMIREZ was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer: Lt. William Rymill. I will be charging RAMIREZ with the following violations of M.A. General law and Somerville Municipal Ordinances:
Ch. 266 / S. 30: Larceny over $250 (Saks Off Fifth)
Ch. 266 / S. 30: Larceny over $250 (TJ Maxx)
City Ordinance 9/96 : Possession of a Dangerous Weapon
Officer Devin Schneider
Somerville Police Department