Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shea MORTON (Shoplifting, Receiving Stolen Property) (Boston Warrant) at Assembly Row

On March 9, 2019, I received a phone call from XXXX, a manager of Polo, for a shoplifter in the store. Upon arrival, The female suspect had just fled with perfume and a journal totaling $147. I have attached a photo of the suspect caught on Polo and Assembly Row security cameras. Officer Kevin Goulart (East 4) and I checked the area, but could not locate the suspect. Assembly Row security cameras capture the suspect enter the Alloy apartments, and then Saks Off Fifth Avenue, but then visual is lost in a blind spot.

At 2:35pm, I was dispatched to TJ Maxx for an unwanted female. Upon arrival, I recognized the female to be the same suspect from Polo. This female was identified as Shea Morton, someone well known to the Somerville Police Department for wallet and purse thefts. I informed Morton she was being placed under arrest for Shoplifting from Polo earlier that day.

I began searching her North Face bag and handbag for evidence of the shoplifting, and to perform an inventory of her belongings pursuant to the arrest. On the top of her handbag I located three wallets. One black wallet contained identifying information with Morton’s name on it. A blue Michael Kors wallet was located containing identifying information for a XXXX from Medford, MA. I was unable to make contact with XXXX at the time of this report. Also located was a multi-colored wallet containing identifying information of an XXXX from Watertown. Watertown Police was able to provide me with a home phone number of XXXX for XXXX. I spoke with XXXX daughter who stated her mothers wallet was stolen or lost in Kmart. XXXX son-in-law was currently searching the Assembly Row area for the wallet before coming to the police station to file a report. I informed her the wallet was now in the possession of the Somerville Police, and a family member responded to recover it.

Morton stated she found the items in a cloth wallet on the side of the road yesterday in Central Square. Morton stated she removed all the contents of that wallet and transferred it to her own wallet. Morton stated she had no intention of notifying the police of the found property. Also located in her property was a pair of white Adidas sneakers. These distinct sneakers were observed on video in Polo being carried by Morton before and after the shoplifting.

Morton was transported to the Somerville Police Department by Officer Anaya (Unit 200). Morton was booked on an outstanding straight warrant (Docket: 1901CR000200) for failure to provide a DNA sample, as well as Shoplifting by Concealment (266/30A), and Receiving stolen property under $1,200 (266/60B). Pending a statement from XXXX, an additional charge of receiving stolen property under $1,200 will be added.

The sneakers, a blue Michael Kors wallet belonging to XXXX, and a silver HP laptop were entered into evidence. The ownership of the laptop has been unable to be determined at this time.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.

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