SALEM — A barn jacket may have taken a certain former senator far, but for a Lynn man, an allegedly stolen barn jacket landed him in jail.
Emmanuel Dejesus, 30, was charged with larceny of property valued at more than $250 after police say he went through a Target store in Salem on Tuesday, picking up various items and putting them into the pockets of a field coat that he’d also taken from the store.
Security officers watched as Dejesus snipped wires holding security devices on several items, including a Boost cellphone, a watch and a Jawbone speaker, then slipped them into the pocket, Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski told a Salem District Court judge during Dejesus’ arraignment yesterday.
As Dejesus waited in a checkout line, police and store security officers approached him.
He claimed he was simply trying to exchange his coat for a different size.
Defense attorney Mark Barry told the judge that his client was in the checkout line intending to find a store employee so he could exchange the coat, and he said Dejesus denies trying to steal anything.
But Judge Robert Brennan noted Dejesus’ lengthy prior record, open cases and numerous defaults on court appearances in granting Prosniewski’s request for $2,500 cash bail.
Dejesus is also wanted on warrants.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.