Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Jillian BOURQE & Casey FITZGERALD (Larceny Under, Conspiracy)

On June 18, 2018, at approximately 08:00 hours, I was contacted by Home Depot Loss Prevention Officer, XXXX, regarding a known shoplifter, later identified as Jillian BOURQUE, who was in the store. As Officer Schneider and I made our way to Home Depot, I was flagged down in the parking lot by a concerned citizen. The citizen, YYYY, told me he saw a female exit a gray Toyota Camry, which was parked in the Cambridge Health Alliance parking lot across the street from Home Depot, in the lane closest to the street. YYYY said the female walked into Home Depot approximately 35 minutes prior, and he was concerned because she appeared to be “high,” and he was worried she was using drugs in the store bathroom.

YYYY also told me another female was still sitting in the vehicle. I showed YYYY a photo of BOURQUE I had received from XXXX, and he confirmed that she was the female he had seen. I located the vehicle in question, MA xxxx, and immediately recognized it as a vehicle I have seen in the area before. CJIS showed the vehicle registered to Casey FITZGERALD, and I observed FITZGERALD seated in the driver’s seat. At this time, XXXX updated us that BOURQUE had concealed merchandise in her purse and was headed for the contractor’s exit with a shopping cart containing unpaid merchandise. As we pulled up to the front of the store, I observed that FITZGERALD had pulled the Camry up to the exit so BOURQUE could jump in. XXXX told me that while she was walking out of the store with unpaid merchandise, he heard BOURQUE on her cell phone frantically state, “Which door?” before becoming overwhelmed and ditching the shopping cart of unpaid merchandise next to register #3. Based on my training and experience, it is very common for shoplifters working together to communicate via cell phone, including alerting each other to police presence.

Inside BOURQUE’s purse I located $233.12 of miscellaneous merchandise, including copper fittings, and batteries. In the shopping cart she attempted to leave the store with, XXXX located an additional $160.26 of miscellaneous merchandise, bringing the total to $393.38. BOURQUE and FITZGERALD were both read their Miranda rights, and stated they wished to speak with us. BOURQUE then told me she met FITZGERALD two weeks prior through a mutual friend named Mikey. FITZGERALD drove her to Home Depot, and told her what types of items to steal, allegedly telling BOURQUE that she couldn’t go inside the store herself, as she had stolen there before. BOURQUE told me FITZGERALD called her and told her she was taking too long, that they had to leave, and that she would leave her there if she didn’t come outside. She said FITZGERALD returns the stolen items to Home Depot stores in exchange for gift cards. FITZGERALD also told me she met BOURQUE only two weeks prior through a mutual friend; however, she told me she sells the stolen items in the store parking lot for cash. She admitting to having a drug problem, and I observed fresh marks on her body, as well as drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.

Since both women admitted to coming to Home Depot with the intent to steal, they were placed under arrest for Larceny under $1,200, and Conspiracy. They were handcuffed (double-locked), and transported to the station for booking in the usual manner. FITZGERALD asked if she could leave her vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot so it wouldn’t be towed, and I received permission from Home Depot for her vehicle to remain there for a few hours.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Reece #325

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