Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kenny RODRIGUEZ (Shoplifting 3rd Off., Removal of Theft Detection Device)at K-Mart

On February 19, 2019, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol as the Alpha unit. While speaking with a citizen on Grand Union Blvd, I received an alert from KMART loss prevention associate XXXX that a shoplifter was fleeing on foot toward Assembly Row. XXXX was able to provide with a description of a male wearing a green coat, fur hood, and grey winter hat. I picked my head up from my phone, and observed the suspect standing approximately 7 feet away from me. The suspect, later identified as Kenny Rodriguez, attempted to cross the street, but complied when I asked him to come to me.

XXXX arrived on scene informing me that Rodriguez ditched the stolen merchandise as he fled. XXXX was able to recover all of the merchandise, and provided me with a total of $89.94. I placed Rodriguez in handcuffs and proceeded to perform a search of his person. I located in Rodriguez’s right jacket pocket a pair of wire cutters, commonly used by shoplifters to remove theft detection devices. While I continued my search, I observed he was wearing numerous pairs of pants, most with the tags still affixed to them. Rodriguez admitted to stealing the pants from Burlington Coat Factory. The total value of stolen merchandise from Burlington Coat Factory is $108.95.

Officer Eduardo Soares responded in the prisoner transport unit (unit 200), and transported Rodriguez to the station where he was booked by Lt. G. Rymill. Rodriguez will be charged with two counts of Shoplifting by Asporation 3rd/Subsequent offenses (266/30A/C) and Possession of a theft removal device (266/30B).

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Tim Van Nostrand
#293 Somerville Police Dept.

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