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Homeless Shoplifter Caught with Underwear, Needles

Brookline Police allege that man attempted to steal clothes from T.J.Maxx.

Brookline Police Department. Credit: Patch
Brookline Police Department. Credit: Patch

A man was arrested last week after allegedly attempting to steal clothes from a Harvard Street store.

Kenneth Kherson, 42, a homeless man formerly from Virginia, was arrested at 6:46 p.m. on Feb. 6, and charged with shoplifting.

According to a Brookline Police arrest report, officers were called to the T.J.Maxx on Harvard Street around 6:15 p.m. for a report of a shoplifter in custody. The man reportedly didn’t have any identification but was in possession of hypodermic needles.

The officers spoke with the loss prevention employee who alleged that he was watching the man select items from within the store and then, allegedly attempted to leave without paying for them. The items included “multiple pairs of underwear and a shirt,” valued at about $55.

The reporting officer spoke with the man and attempted to identify him. The man didn’t have an ID but offered a birthdate from 1971 and “attempted to identify himself through a Facebook account via his cell phone,” according to the report.

Dispatch took his information and tried to find out who he was but had no luck, even trying New York and Virginia, where Kherson said he once had a license.

The loss prevention employee told police that Kherson reportedly attempted to discard a red bag underneath the chair he was sitting on. The reporting officer alleged that the bag contained needles and several small used plastic baggies “similar in size and shape to bags (used) to possess illegal narcotics,” the report stated, adding that one of the needles was filled with “a red substance believed to be blood.” The bags also allegedly had residue in them.

Kherson allegedly denied that the bag was his, saying he found it in the underwear section, and denied being an intravenous drug user.

Kherson was arrested and during processing later, officers allegedly found track marks on his arm and hands.

Editor’s note: The following story was derived from information supplied by the Brookline Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

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