Boston men charged in shoplifting incident www.privateofficer.com
Since their business was crime, police allege, they were also provided overnight accommodations.
Jamaal Marcelle, 21, and Stefan Stiell, 23, both with South Boston addresses, were arraigned Wednesday in District Court, charged with shoplifting and misleading police.
Marcelle was also charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
The case began at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, when security at a store in the New Harbour Mall called police to report several people taking merchandise from Walmart and dumping it into the trunk of a parked Nissan Maxima.
Officers converged on the scene and surrounded the car. When they did, two men took off running — one south, toward Staples, and one north, into Kmart, also in the mall.
Marcelle was the one running into the mall, police alleged.
Stiell, they said, was at the car and was arrested there.
He was clearly part of the conspiracy to steal, prosecutor Carolyn Morrissette said at Stiell’s arraignment on Wednesday.
“He was outside with the car,” she said. “When the store manager came out to look at the car, he began texting others.”
Meanwhile, Marcelle, police alleged, ran into Kmart and stopped to replace his white T-shirt with a striped shirt before running out the other exit into the mall.
Police said they knew that because officers on the scene had asked the dispatchers to call Kmart security, who began watching Marcelle on security cameras when he entered the store.
As he ran into the mall, police said, he was met by Officer James Costa, who made the arrest.
A third man took off south, leaving the mall property and running down a power line easement toward Tiverton, according to police.
While he was doing that, Tiverton Police moved in, covering the state line.
Somewhere between the mall and the state line, the man disappeared. He was not captured.
Stiell and Marcelle were held overnight in jail and arraigned Wednesday before District Court Judge Kevin Finnerty.
Stiell was ordered held on a detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Defense lawyer Stephanie Volovik asked the judge to set nominal bail on the Fall River Charges. Bail was set at $100 cash.
Marcelle was released on bail.
Stiell is due back in court on June 27 for a pretrial hearing. Marcelle’s pretrial hearing is set for June 28.
Both will face the charges in District Court.