Tricky shopper gets nailed

On July 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

A reported case of larceny brought police to the Home Depot store on Mystic Ave. last week.

The responding officers were briefed by loss prevention personnel and advised that a man, Alexander Basisity, 48, of W. Newton, had attempted to switch price tags on store merchandise in order to make away with a relatively expensive item at a much lower price than would normally be charged.

Basisity was reportedly observed by a loss prevention officer as he removed a bar code tag from a $54 box of nails, which he then taped to the box for a $449 flooring nail gun.

When Basisity attempted to purchase the nail gun for the lower price he was detained by loss prevention personnel and escorted to their office, without incident, to await arrival of the police.

Basisity was placed under arrest and charged with larceny over $250.


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