Boston police arrest suspect in $47,000 back bay theft

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BOSTON — Officers from the Boston Police Department arrested Justin Smith, 22, of Brighton, on larceny charges after he allegedly stole $47,000 worth of merchandise from a store in the Back Bay area.

The arrest took place at about 7:10 p.m. on Monday, May 13, after officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a report of a shoplifter at 1 Ring Road.

According to police, Loss Prevention staff observed Smith, an employee, stealing approximately $25,125 in merchandise over two days.

The staff followed Smith as he attempted to pass the stolen items to a vehicle on Ring Road.

They stopped him and recovered all the stolen items, which were returned to the store.

Further investigation revealed that Smith also allegedly stole $22,530 in merchandise the previous day, passing the items to an unknown female accomplice who fled the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Smith was charged with larceny over $1,200 and is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

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