On July 7, 2019, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol at Assembly Row. At approximately 1:08pm, I was alerted by a citizen that a male possibly shoplifted from Puma. I observed a male, fleeing on foot Assembly Row toward the MBTA train station. I initiated a foot pursuit and apprehended the suspect in front of Southern Kin on Assembly Row. Officer’s Courtney Reece (East 3) and Paul Beckford (East 1) arrived to assist.
The suspect, identified as Jason Collazo, was carrying a Vineyard Vines reusable bag, a Nike paper bag, and a black backpack. The Nike bag and Vineyard Vines bag were loaded up with merchandise. Inside Collazo’s backpack were a pair of Puma sneakers with the security sensor still on it. These sneakers were returned to Puma, and confirmed to be stolen. Due to store policy, Puma cannot prosecute and thus Collazo is not charged in this theft.
The merchandise in the remaining bags had tags belonging to Kmart. I asked Collazo if he was in Kmart and he denied it. After informing him I recognized the merchandise to belong to Kmart and I would confirm with the store. I made contact with XXXX, who confirmed he attempted to stop Collazo after witnessing him shoplift, but Collazo fled on foot before XXXX could apprehend him. The merchandise totaled $229.49 from Kmart.
Also located in his bag were a pair of wire cutter. Inside Kmart, a clothing sensor was located on the floor where Collazo was selecting merchandise. One item of clothing was missing a security sensor. The wire cutters were seized as evidence.
I queried Collazo’s information via Somerville dispatch, and two warrants were confirmed (Docket’s 1964CR001739 & 1964CR000800). Officer Joseph Rivera responded in unit 200 and transported Collazo to the station where he was booked by Lt. Carmine Vivolo. Collazo will be charged with Shoplifting by Asportation (3rd Offense), Possession of a theft detection removal device in addition to his warrants.
A copy of the receipt from Kmart is digitally attached to this report. Collazo was also issued a trespass notice from all Federal Realty property. Officer Reece recognized Collazo as a suspect in a previous shoplifting incident at the Burlington Store in Assembly Row. Further charges will be filed from the previous theft incident.
Officer Tim Van Nostrand
Somerville Police Dept.