Mentally disabled man used in scheme to shoplift toy gun
A Lowell man arrested Tuesday after police said he used a mentally disabled man to help shoplift at Wal-Mart skipped court yesterday.
Reginald Dorisca, 21, was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday in Framingham District Court, but because he did not show up, an arrest warrant was issued by the court.
Wal-Mart security called police at 5:32 p.m. to report they had a shoplifter in custody who had been using a disabled person to help him steal, Deputy Police Chief Craig Davis said.
Security said they saw Dorisca grab an Airsoft pistol off a shelf and told the mentally disabled man to put it in his bag.
``The two men then walked out without any attempt to purchase it,'' Davis said.
Store security caught the two men and brought them back into the store. Dorisca told police he used to work at a group home where the 27-year-old mentally disabled man was a resident, Davis said. Davis did not know where the group home was.
``It looks like he was taking advantage of a person he knew was disabled,'' Davis said.
Dorisca, of 255 Smith St., was charged with shoplifting, and released on $40 bail.
The disabled man was not charged, nor was he identified, Davis said.
Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.