Braintree MA. March 5 2008
Police arrested six women in two separate shoplifting incidents at the Macy’s store at the South Shore Plaza that occurred within minutes of each other on Feb. 29, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
The women were initially thought to all be working together before officers were able to sort out both incidents, Jenkins said.
Officers were first sent to the Plaza at 3 p.m. to investigate a report that Macy’s loss prevention officers were struggling with two shoplifters in the parking lot.
“Upon arrival, Officer Richard Seibert learned that loss prevention had the two women under control and recovered over $1,300 worth of clothing that the women stole from Macy’s,” Jenkins said.
The women, identified as Parri L. Brown, 44, and Yma N. Fonfield, 29, both of Dorchester, were placed under arrest and charged with larceny over $250.
As officers responded to the first Macy’s call, Officer John McNamara was flagged down by Plaza security and told that a silver car pulled up to Macy’s with the trunk popped open and three women ran out, threw a bag into the trunk, and then entered the vehicle and drove off.
McNamara broadcast the information over the police radio, and Officer Thomas Molloy spotted the car on Common Street.
With the aid of Officer Robert Joseph and Sgt. David DelPapa, the car was stopped and the four women were questioned.
“The trunk was searched and numerous articles of clothing stolen from Macy’s were recovered,” Jenkins said. “The total value of the merchandise was approximately $1,200.”
The four women (Tiffany L. Monteiro, 21, of Hyde Park; Jada C. West, 24, of Dorchester; and Dionne A. Younge, 23, and Lenita R. Webb, 21, both of Fall River) were placed under arrest and charged with larceny over $250.
Man charged with cocaine possession
Juan C. Rivera, 26, of Roxbury was arrested on the afternoon of Feb. 29 after detectives acted on information obtained during a month long investigation into the sale of cocaine in the South Shore area, Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
“Braintree detectives received information about Rivera and a group he was working for and arranged to make a drug purchase from him earlier in the month,” Jenkins said. “A quantity of cocaine was purchased from Rivera at that time.”
On Feb. 29, Braintree detectives, assisted by members of the South Shore Drug Task Force, had Rivera under surveillance and followed him to Rockland, where they observed what they believed to be a drug transaction.
“This suspicion was confirmed when they approached the buyer and found that he purchased two bags of cocaine from Rivera,” Jenkins said.
Detectives then followed Rivera to the South Shore Plaza, where he parked at Circuit City and appeared to be waiting to meet someone.
“The detectives moved in on Rivera, and upon seeing them, he appeared to be swallowing narcotics,” Jenkins said. “Rivera refused to surrender the drugs and was sprayed with pepper spray to force him to spit the narcotics out.”
According to Jenkins, one bag of cocaine was recovered from this action, and an additional bag of cocaine was discovered on the floor of the car.
“During the struggle with Rivera, he elbowed one detective in the chest,” Jenkins said. “The detective was not injured.”
Rivera was placed under arrest and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and a drug free school zone violation (Kindercare Day Care Center).
Man arrested for stealing Coach bags
Lorenzo Gross, 36, of Dorchester was arrested on the evening of March 1 after being apprehended stealing two Coach bags with a total value of over $650 from Macy’s at the South Shore Plaza, Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
Loss prevention observed Gross using pliers to cut the security cable securing the bags and then placing them into a shopping bag before exiting the store, Jenkins said.
Gross was confronted and brought back to Macy’s, where Officer Charles Paris placed him under arrest for larceny over $250.
Man charged with third offense drunk driving
Police arrested Erik A. Anderson, 46, of Braintree early in the morning of March 2 and charged him with operating under the influence of alcohol (third offense) and failing to display headlights after he was seen driving on Commercial Street without his headlights illuminated, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
Officer Charles Paris stopped Anderson after observing the violation and made contact with him outside the open car window.
“Officer Paris could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Anderson’s breath and observed other signs of intoxication,” Jenkins said. “Anderson denied having had anything to drink and agreed to perform several sobriety tests. He did poorly on them.”
Anderson was placed under arrest and brought to the police station, where he recorded a 0.19 percent blood/alcohol level on the Breathalyzer. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Two women charged with shoplifting
Taneesha E. Lyder, 31, of Dorchester and Ayela S. Traverso, 21, of Mattapan were arrested on the evening of Feb. 27 after police were alerted to suspicious activity in the south parking garage at the South Shore Plaza, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
Officer Paul Venuto was patrolling the garage when he learned that Lyder and Traverso were seen emptying the contents of their shopping bags into a Chevrolet Cobalt and then reentered the mall with empty shopping bags.
“Officer Venuto checked the car and could see several bags of clothing and shoes with tags attached, along with additional price tags and empty hangers on the floor,” Jenkins said.
Assisted by Sgt. Charles Bata, Venuto maintained surveillance of the vehicle and waited for the two women to return.
A short time later, Lyder and Traverso returned and the officers approached them.
“Lyder initially claimed that her wallet and identification had been stolen, but both were located in the glove compartment of the Cobalt,” Jenkins said.
A computer check revealed that Lyder had an outstanding warrant out of Chelsea District Court.
An inventory of the contents of the vehicle yielded almost $4,000 worth of merchandise from the Gap, Aeropostale, Macy’s, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and Old Navy in Walpole, Jenkins said.
Both women were placed under arrest and charged with five counts of receiving stolen property over $250, receiving stolen property under $250, and possession of burglarious tools after they were found in possession of pliers, commonly used to remove security sensor tags.
Two drug arrests follow search warrant
Anthony Bradley, 24, and Jennifer M. Kerin, 21, both of Braintree, were arrested on Feb. 27 after detectives served a search warrant at their Pond Street home, Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
Detectives approached the couple as they exited their home at 6:45 p.m. and took from Bradley $1,500 and his cell phone, which contained, according to Jenkins, numerous drug related text messages to and from him.
“Kerin’s pocketbook contained drug paraphernalia and a crushed pill believed to be a controlled substance,” Jenkins said. “A search of the house uncovered additional drug paraphernalia, Percocet pills, and evidence of drug dealing activity.”
Bradley and Kerin were both charged with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B substance, and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws.
Bradley was additionally charged with possession of a Class E substance.
Man charged with stealing sunglasses
Police arrested Darrell M. Bailey, 35, of Dorchester on the morning of Feb. 27 after investigating a report regarding the theft of two pairs of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at the South Shore Plaza, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
The value of the sunglasses totaled $660.
Officers Robert Chin and Sean McConville searched the mall, located Bailey and a companion who was not charged, and confronted Bailey with their suspicions.
“Bailey admitted to stealing the sunglasses and removed them from his pocket,” Jenkins said. “He was also in possession of a Nike Air Jordan shirt that was stolen from Champs.”
Bailey was placed under arrest and charged with larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property under $250.
Larceny suspect going to court
A 30-year-old Weymouth woman is being summoned to court for larceny over $250 after allegedly stealing a pair of $340 Chanel sunglasses from the Solstice store at the South Shore Plaza on the afternoon of Feb. 27.
After stealing the sunglasses and leaving the store with her one-month-old child, the woman returned to the store, presumably to steal another pair of sunglasses, Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins told the Forum.
“Officers Paul Venuto and Michael Want confronted the woman, whose name is being withheld because she has not yet been charged, and she initially denied stealing anything,” Jenkins said. “After being told that the theft was recorded on a surveillance camera, the woman admitted to the theft and took the officers to her vehicle, where she concealed the sunglasses.”
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