Women charged in mall thefts
Police arrested two Boston women and a Quincy woman following unrelated thefts at South Shore Plaza stores.
Maria D. Vazquez-Santiago, 47, of Mattapan and Hildelisa Reyes, 19, of Dorchester were arrested on the afternoon of July 24 after security at Sears detained them.
The women, who were spotted on surveillance cameras as they allegedly hid merchandise in their pocketbooks, were stopped after they left the store without paying for the items, police said.
Police said that Reyes initially gave a phony name.
More than $300 worth of merchandise, including jewelry and perfume, was recovered.
Both women were charged with larceny of property worth more than $250.
Less than an hour later, police went to Kmart on Grossman Drive to investigate a shoplifting complaint.
The store’s security told officers that they witnessed Nina J. Nelson, 41, of Quincy concealing more than $100 of merchandise in her pocketbook and then leaving the store.
Nelson also gave a false name when she was apprehended, police said.
While they were searching Nelson’s car in the parking lot, officers found more than $400 worth of merchandise that had been stolen from Macy’s at the Plaza.
In addition to the shoplifting arrest, Nelson was also charged with receiving stolen property worth more than $250.
Man faces OxyContin charge
A Marshfield man has been arrested for allegedly selling OxyContin painkilling pills in Braintree.
When he appeared in Quincy District Court on July 21, Michael J. Gorman, 47, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of OxyContin with intent to distribute and resisting arrest.
Police said they received a tip that a man named “Mike” would be in the Quincy Avenue area on the afternoon of July 21 to sell OxyContin.
According to the information, the suspect would be driving a gray GMC pickup truck and arriving at a Quincy Avenue business at a specified time.
Detectives set up surveillance and spotted the pickup traveling north on Quincy Avenue just before 3 p.m.
A short time later, police stopped the vehicle at Quincy and Glenrose Avenues and confronted the driver.
Officers allegedly noticed several OxyContin pills on top of the center console.
Gorman struggled with detectives who were attempting to arrest him, police said.
After Gorman was handcuffed, police allegedly found more OxyContin pills in one of his pants pockets.
Following his arraignment, Gorman was released on personal recognizance.
He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 12 for a pre-trial conference.