Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Eric CLARK (Shoplifting, Trespass)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.

On August 28, 2018 at approximately 09:22 hours, while assigned to marked unit West-6, I was dispatched to 4 College Avenue 7/11 for a report of a shoplifter. Marked unit West-5 Officer Nevin was also dispatched to assist. I arrived on scene and found the male matching the description provided by dispatch in the area of the entrance to the business on Winter Street. In an interview with this party, later identified as Eric Clark, he admitted to attempting to take several items. I then spoke with the manager of the business who confirmed Clark had first entered the store at approximately 06:00 hours. He reports that Clark poured a cup of coffee and left the store without paying at this time. The manager states that Clark came back and stood in the area of the entrance for several hours and was being loud and aggressive towards customers. Clark then took several sandwiches and attempted to walk out of the business without paying before being stopped by the manager at the threshold of the exit.

I again spoke with Clark and informed him that at the request of the manager he is now trespassed from the business. In my discussion with Clark it was in my opinion that he understood the trespass order, and understood that he was shoplifting. Clark was sent on his way and informed that a criminal complaint would be filed against him for shoplifting. While I stood near the Winter Street entrance to the business with Officer Nevin, the manager came out approximately 5 minutes later and stated that Clark had re-entered the business from the College Avenue entrance. As we entered the business Clark had just exited and was standing in Statue Park. At this time he was placed under arrest for violation of M.G.L. c266 §120 Trespassing and M.G.L. c266 §30A Shoplifting by asportation. Unit-200 operated by Officer Buswell was dispatched and transported Clark to the station where he was booked by Lt. Rymill.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Anderson #315

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