A man who Brookline Police arrested for shoplifting posted bail and then went straight to another local business where he was arrested for shoplifting again, about 10 minutes after he left the police station.
Scott Stillman, 47, of Raynham, MA was arrested on Friday, May 12 and charged at 4:48 p.m. with shoplifting after an employee at Trader Joe’s reported he had left the grocery store and was headed down the street with stolen bags of meat and other items, later found to add up to more than $300.
Police said he posted bail and they cleared him to go and then saw him make a bee line for the Walgreens on Harvard Street. The two officers who had just cleared Stillman said they saw him speed walking down Harvard Street and thought that was strange, because he had told them he was not familiar with the area. When they saw him head into Walgreens they went in and reported they saw him putting items into a canvas bag and then watched as he attempted to walk out of the drug store without paying for them first.
When police stepped in, he reportedly told him he was planning to pay. Police noted he did have enough money on him to pay, but because he had attempted to leave without paying arrested him.
The arrested Stillman again and charged him with shoplifting $134 worth of merchandise at 6:17 p.m., not two hours before they charged him with the initial shoplifting.
It’s not out of the ordinary for someone to be arrested for a crime they’ve been arrested for before. But it usually takes a little longer. About 68 percent of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states were arrested for a new crime within three years of their release from prison in 2005, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics released in 2014.