Watertown Police arrested a man and woman, and one of their children after they were caught trying to take three carts full of merchandise from Target. They discovered it was not their first time doing so.
The couple, a 47-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, were caught along with their two children, ages 14 and 10.
“Target security observed three individuals push two shopping carts full of merchandise out of the store with out paying,” O’Connor said. “Security reported they had seen them in the store with a female.”
All four were detained, and a third cart full of merchandise was found next to the vehicle they were using, O’Connor said.
“They were all involved in filling up the carts,” O’Connor said. “Security believed that the 47-year-old male served as lookout as the 43-year-old woman and the juveniles filled the carts.”
One cart was filled with $220.55 in items, a second had $213.38 worth of merchandise inside, and the third one contained $434.90 of merchandise.
Security recognized the adults from previous incidents at the store. On Sept. 25, 2018, they stole $221.39 worth of items, and on Oct. 22, 2018, $248.89 in merchandise was taken, O’Connor said.
Officers believed the 14-year-old girl was older than she said, but could not prove she was older, O’Connor said.
Watertown Police summonsed the 47-year-old man from Dorchester and the 43-year-old woman from Dorchester to Waltham District Court for identical sets of charges: two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, one count of larceny under $1,200, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The 14-year-old girl was summonsed to court on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and larceny under $1,200.
The 10 year old could not be charged, because State Law prohibits children under 12 from being charged with a crime, O’Connor said. Police contacted the state Department of Children & Family (DCF) about the incident.
Watertown Police do not release the names of people who have been summonsed to court.