On May 24, 2019, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 4 (784). At approximately 3:06pm, I responded to TJMaxx for a shoplifter in the office.
Upon arrival, I met with XXXX, loss prevention for TJMaxx. XXXX informed me he observed male conceal a box containing a fragrance in his pants, and then walk out the door. Loss prevention associates stopped the suspect outside on the sidewalk, after he passed all points of purchase. The suspect was brought back inside to the loss prevention office.
The suspect was identified as Anthony Malanson, and I was informed he has been frequently shoplifting from various TJMaxx stores. Malanson, was not truthful at first, but then admitted to stealing the fragrance. Also in his possession was various items of merchandise that had the tags of other stores in Assembly Row. Malanson stated he purchased all these items in Boston at Copley Plaza and Prudential mall, however he could not produce a receipt for any of the items, nor could he produce a statement showing a purchase utilizing the debit card he stated he had used in the transaction.
On bag of items in his possession were two Yankee Candles and a candle holder, an approximate value of $75. I asked Malanson where this was purchased, and he stated at the Yankee Candle store at the Prudential center for $52. I know that the Yankee Candle has been closed at the Prudential Center, and confirmed this with the Yankee Candle located at Assembly Row. Also in his possession were two boxes of fragrances, and a paid of sunglasses valued at over $600. The sunglasses still had a security sensor affixed to them. Malanson admitted that all of the items he had stolen.
A check of Malanson’s information revealed two active warrants, one being a default for larceny over $1,200 by single scheme (Docket #1903CR000135) and the other for a probation violation on the charge of larceny over $1,200 (Docket #1654CR001157). In addition to the warrants, Malanson was placed under arrest for Shoplifting by concealing – 3rd offense (266/30/A/F) (Guilty conviction for shoplifting 3rd offense on 6/29/2018), and Receiving stolen property under $1,200 (266/60B).
Malanson was transported by Officer Robert Anaya in unit 200, where he was booked in the usual manner by LT. W Rymill. Malanson was issued a trespass from TJMaxx as well as Federal Realty properties at Assembly Row.
Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.