Skip to comments.Lynn woman charged for bizarre can scheme
Posted on 01/27/2012 9:00:33 AM PST by raccoonradio
LYNN Police arrested a woman at a Lynn Stop & Shop Saturday after she allegedly stole $64 worth of soda cans from the store and attempted to feed them into a digital can return machine in exchange for money, according to a Lynn Police incident report.
According to the report, Officer Craig Fountain was watching loss prevention video while on detail at the grocery store, located at 35 Washington St., around 8:45 p.m. when he observed 36-year-old Tina Cafarelli purchase 18 12-packs of assorted soda and pay with a state-issued electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, which she allegedly also stole. Cafarelli immediately took the cans to the stores digital can return machine and attempted to deposit them without emptying them.
When Fountain and another officer approached Cafarelli, the report said, she initially told them her name was Susan Russell, the name on the EBT card, and refused to give Fountain her real name, instead giving two false names and two false social security numbers. She was eventually identified at police headquarters after being taken into custody, the report said.
A Lynn District Court judge ordered Cafarelli held at Essex County House of Correction in lieu of $250 bail during an arraignment Monday, where she was formally charged with larceny under $250 by false pretense, destruction of property over $250, obstruction of justice and receiving stolen property.
Stop & Shop manager Kevin Wilson estimated the damage to the machine to be well over $250, according to the report. Wilson, could not be reached for comment.
Cafarelli is due back in court on Feb. 14.
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How Lynn it?
My EBT, my EBT...I just swipe my EBT
Lynn Item says:
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How Lynn is that, too?
I’m sure she was wanting money for the collection plate at church or to buy formula for a hungry baby.
Guess she wanted $10 Bucks - lol
You’d think she would have taken the soda home and drank it (have a party, free food and drink on a stolen EBT card) then return the cans, empty, to the store for money. Of course that would mean she would have to return to the store to do this....lug the (empty) cans back. Too much WORK. No, just steal the cans and put them, FULL, into the machine.
I hope when the exploded, the blowed up real good in her face.
Seems to me the sounds emenating from the recycler musta been quite out of the ordinary - SPLASH/BOOM... SPLASH/BOOM... SPLASH/BOOM...
"This could possibly be the stupidest man alive...perhaps we should shoot him."
I’d love to see the mug shot after that mess.
“Lynn, Lynn the city of sin. You never come out, the way you went in.”
18 x 6 x $0.05 = $5.40
Sigh...I was born in Lynn, though my only other connection was 3 yrs of high school (Classical). Grew up in Nahant, been in Beverly since ‘95 (these days Nahant kids—the town has no high school—go to Swampscott).
But yes, Lynn, Lynn..
An attempt was made some yrs ago to change the name of the city to Ocean Park. (Um, yeah, Ocean Park, Ocean Park,
don’t you dare go there after dark.)
>>Due to a reputation for high crime that has persisted since the beginning of industrialization, a taunting rhyme about Lynn has been known throughout Eastern Massachusetts (”Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin, you’ll never come out the way you went in, what looks like gold is really tin, the girls say ‘no’ but they’ll give in, Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin”). In order to end the popular chant, city solicitor Michael Barry proposed renaming the city to Ocean Park in 1997, but this failed to pass.
Lynn tried to market itself as “City of Firsts”.
Not sure if it’s still there but in City Hall Sq. there used to be, maybe still is, a Christian good store or
church or something. The sign read, “Lynn, Lynn, City of...
“Oh Crockett & Tubbs... they’re float’n.”
from the article:
18 x 12packs = 216 x 0.05 = $10.80
(reminds me - I got to return some cans :>)
So this helps explain Patrick’s plan to increase bottle deposits.
Another Lynner on FR? I went to Lynn English.
I’m from Lynn and I’ve never heard that..........not.
They have all sorts of ways to get cash with those cards.
I unfortunately need to drive through real bad sections of Hartford, CT on occasion and you would not believe all the convenience stores stacked up on the streets - tons of them - right next door to each other - all accepting EBT.
They are money launderers
But the latest is that the gov. of MA wants to tax soda now.
(or, tax it higher)
They already tax things like cigarettes—sin taxes—well if they’re so bad, why aren’t they illegal? Because they need
tax revenues, that’s why. Interestingly enough some schools,
etc have gotten rid of soda machines—but horrors! That would take badly needed tax money away from the state!
I think EBT cards could be used to buy ciggies and booze
but I think due to public outcry it was stopped.
Oh and one other thing: now they want to get rid of booze ads on the Metro Boston Transit Authority. It’s bad for you,
you know. But that deprives them of revenue...
If it were up to me I’d keep the booze ads up on the “T” (there are already public service announcements about the
dangers of drinking). Let THAT help to finance it. While we’re at it, NPR and PBS should be allowed to run ads.
_Better that than taxpayer money_. Am I right?
Well, born in Lynn but grew up in Nahant. Classical (Rams)
of course face English (Bulldogs) in a yearly tilt at what is now Manning Field (was Manning Bowl but it got torn down).
East Lynn: English. West Lynn: Classical. There’s also
St Mary’s (pariochial; oldest brother went there) and Lynn
Tech (one of my other brothers went there).
I grew up in Nahant and could choose between Classical and English. My dad, mother, sister and one brother had gone to
Classical so I chose that. (The brother had originally
gone to St Mary’s but left after 1 year. Couldn’t stand
the strict nuns.)