Customer tips self, tips off police

On March 23, 2017, in Latest News, by System

Police officers were dispatched to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Alewife Brook Parkway last week on reports of a man who took tips out of the tip jar and left the store.

While en route, the officers were supplied with a description of the suspect and were advised that he was walking on Alewife Brook Parkway towards the Dilboy pool.

The suspect, later identified as Matthew Powers, was spotted by the officers as he walked along the Parkway and they stopped to question him.

Upon entering Powers’ information into the police database, the officers were informed that he had an active arrest warrant out of New Hampshire.

Powers was informed that he was going to be placed under arrest. According to reports he was very cooperative and asked if he could gather money from his bag in the event that bail was posted. While he was going through his bag, a female driver’s license fell out on to the ground. The license belonged to a woman in Maine. Powers was then transported back to Somerville Police headquarters for booking.

During the booking process police reportedly discovered two checkbooks and a Discover credit card that did not belong Powers in his backpack.

He was subsequently charged with receiving stolen property under $250, fugitive from justice, and receiving a stolen credit card.


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