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Couple Arrested after Stealing Wallet from Shopping Cart

Couple facing charges after allegedly swiping wallet from shopping cart in Shaw's.

Wallet. Credit: Patch file photo
Wallet. Credit: Patch file photo

Two people were arrested on Sunday afternoon and charged with stealing a wallet from a Shaw's shopping cart in Braintree, said police. 

Michael Quigley, 24, of Braintree, and Theresa M. Nicholas, 22, of Weymouth were arrested and charged with larceny. 

Officers headed to Shaw’s supermarket shortly after 4 p.m. after a customer reported her wallet stolen out of her shopping cart by a man and woman, who then fled the store toward the Cardi’s Furniture store. 

The victim told officers she was approached by a man in the store who walked up to her, brushed up against her and asked her how much an item on the shelf was. As she answered the man he abruptly walked away from her, said police.  

The woman immediately noticed her wallet, which contained money, credit cards, and her white iPhone, was now missing.    

Police found Quigley and Nicholas, who matched the description given to officers, on the platform of the MBTA station a short distance from Shaw’s. As officers talked to them they noticed several credit cards and a white iPhone being held by Nicholas, which turned out to be the victim’s property.  More items were also recovered. 

They were then placed under arrest and charged with larceny from the person.  Quigley was additionally charged with receiving stolen property under $250 and Nicholas was also charged with receiving stolen property over $250.  Nicholas showed officers where she discarded the victim’s wallet, which was then returned to her. 


Brian F Hickman May 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Alot of women (Including my Wife) have a habit of leaving their purse wide open, exposing wallet, credit cards and cash! I have often told my wife that desperate people look for things like that!! Happens pretty quick!!

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