SOMERVILLE – On Saturday, July 15, 2023, at about 5:15 p.m., Officer Daniel Dell’Isola of the Somerville Police Department was on patrol when he overheard a radio transmission from Sergeant Samir Messaoudi, who said he witnessed a man running from the Sunglass Hut on Assembly Row with several pairs of sunglasses in hand.
(The account and quotations in this article were taken from the printed Personnel Narrative of Officer Dell’Isola)
“Sgt. Messaoudi noticed the sunglasses had price tags and theft detection devices and based on his training and experience believed the male party had committed a crime,” Officer Dell’Isola said. “Sgt. Messaoudi ran after the male and apprehended him with the assistance of Officer [Gianna] Ferrara in front of the MBTA train station on Foley Street.”
When Officer Dell’Isola arrived on scene, the man, later identified as Darren Sheridan, was handcuffed, and there were seven pairs of sunglasses on the hood of Officer Ferrara’s cruiser.
Sheridan, 48, is a resident of 23 Lockwood Street in Hyde Park.
The sunglasses still had price tags and theft detection devices attached. The merchandise was valued at $2,211.
Officer Dell’Isola went to the Sunglass Hut (located at 511 Assembly Row #410) and spoke with two store employees.
“I informed them that we detained a male who we believed stole merchandise from their store,” Officer Dell’Isola said. “They told me they were in the process of reporting the incident to the Somerville Police and confirmed that a male grabbed multiple pairs of sunglasses and exited the store without paying for the merchandise. They showed me video footage of the male, who was wearing the same clothing as Mr. Sheridan, grab the merchandise and leave the store.”
After speaking with the employees, Officer Dell’Isola placed Sheridan under arrest. He was charged with one count of larceny over $1,200.
“While searching Mr. Sheridan, I noticed a white powdery substance in the brim of his hat,” Officer Dell’Isola said.
Sheridan was transported to the Somerville Police Station for booking, the merchandise was returned to the Sunglass Hut by Sgt. Messaoudi, and Officer Tenzing Kartso submitted “the white powdery substance” for destruction.
Disclaimer: If you are wondering why the incident in this story was from July, that’s because I had to file FOIA request(s) to get the court documents for the incident. FOIAs are time consuming.