Daily Dose of Great Police Work: The Family That Steals Together Goes to Jail Together


At about 4:35 PM on Monday, March, 17, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress at 1150 Saratoga Street (CVS Pharmacy).

Upon arrival, officers were informed that the suspect, described as a white female wearing a yellow hoodie and driving a black Explorer, fled the scene towards Orient Heights. A description was broadcast on the police radio. While en route, additional officers observed the suspect’s vehicle in traffic on the Saratoga Street Bridge heading towards Bennington Street.  Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop, exited their unmarked Boston Police cruiser, and ordered the female driver to turn off the vehicle. As officers approached the motor vehicle, they observed a male, later identified as the suspect’s son, in the back seat trying to conceal cans of baby formula by shoving them in a black nylon computer bag. The officers also observed a yellow sweatshirt on the seat next to him.  After continued verbal commands by officers to turn off the car and open the door, both suspects complied and were placed in custody. Witnesses positively identified both suspects. Police seized the yellow hoodie, stolen baby formula, and illicit drugs.  

The female suspect, 52-year-old Jill Dibartolomeo of Peabody, was charged with Larceny  over $250, and her son, the male suspect 25-year-old Shawn Dibartolomeo also of Peabody, was charged with Shoplifting $200 & Over and Possession of Class B Drugs.