Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Thomas MURPHY (Larceny)

On August 13th, 2019, I, Officer James Torres, was in full uniform, while assigned to marked unit East 1, during the day shift. At approximately 3:15 PM, I, along with Officer Priscilla Ribeiro (East 4), responded to 75 Mystic Avenue (Home Depot), for a report of a shoplifter.

Upon our arrival, we were met by the reporting party/ loss prevention officer, who was identified as XXXX. LPO XXXX stated that he observed a male walk inside of the store and then pick up a box containing an electric angle cutter saw. The male then walked over to the outdoor garden section of the store and then proceeded to exit, passing all points of sale, with the electric saw. This is when LPO XXXX stopped the male and escorted him to the loss prevention office. LPO XXXX continued by saying that he had witnessed this male in the store yesterday, August 12th, 2019, at approximately 6:06 PM, where he had entered the store, only to walk out with another electric angle cutter saw, without paying. LPO XXXX stated that each saw was valued at $599.00 coming to a total value of $1,198.00.

This male was identified as Thomas Murphy. Somerville Police dispatch confirmed that Mr. Murphy had Had a default warrant Docket # XXXX out of Boston District Court. It was at this time that I placed Mr. Murphy in handcuffs (double locked). Mr. Murphy was then transported to the Somerville Police Headquarters in unit 200, operated by Officer Dylan Lambert and booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant Jeffery Digregorio.

Mr. Murphy will be charged with two counts of Larceny under $1200 (C266/s30).

Video surveillance footage will be available upon request.

Attached is a photo of the receipt.

Respectfully submitted,
Officer James Torres
Badge #329

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