Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Wilfredo RIVERA (Larceny Over, Removal of Theft Detection Device)

On 4/18/2018, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to marked cruiser East-1 during the 8pm-4pm shift. At approximately 10:14am I responded to xxxx, located at xx Middlesex Avenue, for a report of a shoplifter. The reporting party, xxxx Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) XXXX, informed me that a male in his store was attempting to pry open a “spinner” jewelry case.

I arrived on scene a short time later. I received an update from LPO XXXX that the suspect had concealed jewelry, and was making his way towards the exit of the store. As the suspect exited the store, I observed LPO XXXX attempting to stop the suspect, who was being uncooperative. I approached the suspect and ordered him to stop. The suspect complied and I placed him into the escort position, then escorted him back to the Loss Prevention Office. Officer Joe Rivera (East-3) and Sergeant Mike McCarey arrived on scene a short time later as backup.

The suspect did not have a photo identification, and identified himself as Wilfredo Rivera. A search of Rivera revealed 10 watch sets (boxed set with a watch and a pendant) in his backpack, and 7 pairs of earrings in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. Additionally, a folding box cutter style knife was found in the front pocked of his hooded sweatshirt.

I reviewed xxxx’s video surveillance video footage, where I observed the following:

Rivera attempts to break into the locked Plexiglass jewelry case with the knife found on his person. Rivera then appears to successfully defeat the locked case, and conceals several boxes of the earrings contained inside. Rivera then makes his way over to the open watch display, where he can be seen tampering with the watches just outside to the camera’s view. Rivera then conceals several watches in his backpack, before making his way towards the store exit. Rivera then exits the store, making no attempt to pay for the concealed merchandise.

LPO XXXX provided me with a store receipt for the combined value of the watches and earrings, totaling $1357.83. Upon inspection of the watch sets, I observed that 9 of the 10 watch boxes have had the adhesive theft detection devices ripped off, leaving a tear mark on each of the 9 boxes. An inspection of the jewelry spinner case revealed that Rivera had cracked off a long portion of the Plexiglass to access the contents.

I placed Rivera under arrest in a manner consistent with my training, double locking the handcuffs. Rivera was transported back to the station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Roger Desrochers. At the police station, Rivera was booked by the Commanding Officer: Lt. Sean Sheehan. I will be filing the following criminal charges against Wilfredo Rivera:

-Ch. 266 / S. 16: Break into Depository

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

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

Digital photos of the merchandise, receipt, jewelry case, and the bottom of the 9 watch boxes where the theft detection devices have been ripped off will be digitally attached to this report. A digital CD copy of the store surveillance video, and the box cutter knife will be entered into evidence.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295

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