Off-duty officer thwarts shoplifting at Walmart in Wareham


Scott A. Mixon

WAREHAM – Wareham Police report that on Friday at about 10 AM, they responded to the Walmart for a report of a shoplifting in progress, with the caller reporting a male subject was pushing a cart out of the store with a stolen television.

Upon arrival of Officers Zina Kelsch and Jon Verhaegen, they determined that the male suspect had the Walmart parking lot and was now at Wareham Crossing near the Lowe’s store. Furthermore, they received information that off-duty Wareham Officer Aaron Pacheco was with the suspect.

Ofc. Pacheco was in plain clothes shopping at Lowe’s when he observed the male nervously asking customers for a ride. Ofc. Pacheco immediately sensed something suspicious when he saw the TV in the carriage with a Walmart clearance tag on it. In an effort to confirm the TV was stolen, Ofc. Pacheco told the suspect he would give him a ride, as soon as he purchased an item in Lowe’s. Continuing to covertly monitor him, Ofc. Pacheco contacted Walmart and confirmed the description of the suspect and TV. As he left the store, the suspect became agitated and said he had to leave right away. At that point, the other officers arrived and the suspect was placed in custody. He was identified as Scott A. Mixon, 37, of New Bedford.

Mixon was brought to Wareham Police headquarters for processing and later transported to Wareham District Court for arraignment on the charge of Shoplifting (3rd offense).
Media release and mugshot furnished by Wareham Police