One Person’s Treasure Shouldn’t be Mistaken for Another’s Trash

At about 5:38pm, on Friday, June 3, 2011, officers from Area A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a larceny in progress in the area of 200 Orient Ave. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim (a landscaper) who stated that, after finishing up some lawn work, he returned to his truck and discovered many of his tools missing. A witness approached the victim and told him that two suspects were seen stealing tools out of his truck. The witness provided a description of the motor vehicle (a pick-up truck) driven by the suspects. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect’s vehicle over the police radio. In short time, officers were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle. As a result, officers activated their emergency equipment and stopped the pick-up truck. 
While approaching the vehicle, officers observed the stolen tools in the bed of the truck. When asked how they came to possess the tools, the operator of the vehicle stated that they observed the tools lying on the ground near the trash and assumed they were being thrown away.

Officers arrested Albert Mejia, 48, of Boston and charged him with Larceny Over $250.00.   

The stolen tools were returned to the owner.

One Person’s Treasure Shouldn’t be Mistaken for Another’s Trash

At about 5:38pm, on Friday, June 3, 2011, officers from Area A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a larceny in progress in the area of 200 Orient Ave. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim (a landscaper) who stated that, after finishing up some lawn work, he returned to his truck and discovered many of his tools missing. A witness approached the victim and told him that two suspects were seen stealing tools out of his truck. The witness provided a description of the motor vehicle (a pick-up truck) driven by the suspects. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect’s vehicle over the police radio. In short time, officers were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle. As a result, officers activated their emergency equipment and stopped the pick-up truck. 
While approaching the vehicle, officers observed the stolen tools in the bed of the truck. When asked how they came to possess the tools, the operator of the vehicle stated that they observed the tools lying on the ground near the trash and assumed they were being thrown away.

Officers arrested Albert Mejia, 48, of Boston and charged him with Larceny Over $250.00.   

The stolen tools were returned to the owner.