Quick-thinking off-duty cop helps arrest alleged shoplifter in Wareham

May 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Scott Mixon

An off-duty Wareham Police officer helped stop a New Bedford from allegedly stealing a television from Walmart.

Scott Mixon, 37, of New Bedford, was arrested on May 4 charged with shoplifting, third offense, after some impromptu detective work by Officer Aaron Pacheco.

Pacheco was out of uniform and shopping at Lowe’s when he noticed Mixon asking customers for a ride. Police said Pacheco sensed something was suspicious after seeing a television with a Walmart clearance tag in Mixon’s shopping cart. Pacheco told Mixon he would give him a ride after he bought something at Lowe’s.

While keeping an eye on Mixon, Pacheco called Walmart and confirmed the description of the suspect and the television. Both then left the store and Mixon became agitated saying they had to leave right away. At that point, Officers Zina Kelsch and Jon Verhaegen arrived and arrested Mixon.

Mixon was taken to the Wareham Police Department and will be arraigned in Wareham District Court.

Comments (28)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 05, 2018 12:44

Deep in the bog iron under our wonderful town exists a powerful magnetic force...


Excellent teamwork Wareham Police!


Keep up the great work!  Past few days have been eventful!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 05, 2018 23:06

Hmm. This guy is in the running for Warehams Idiot of the week ....

Posted by: Knocked for six | May 06, 2018 07:02

At least he was stealing from the clearance rack.

Posted by: Rosebud | May 06, 2018 08:49

Thanks to Officer Pacheco for acting while off duty!

Posted by: sweetie | May 06, 2018 09:10

Guess it wasn’t his lucky day.    Hahaha

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 06, 2018 11:34

What is it with Dummies and walking down the street with TV's ? That would have been a long walk to NB with a TV lol

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 06, 2018 12:03

That's right!  There were those two fools that got caught carrying a big TV down Sandwich Road a couple months ago.


Dummies associate TVs with wealth and prestige.  Yet we all know that flat TVs are next to nothing nowadays.  If they were smart, they'd steal something less cumbersome and more valuable, then sell it and simply buy a TV.


I'm telling you good folk at Wareham Week,   your paper is great but a "Knuckleheads in the News" section with competition would be perfect!  There can  be monthly winners and annual winners.


I've already started a scrap book of special stories.  It's filling up fast! I keep it on my desk at work.  Co-workers flip through it and shake their heads then say "isn't that where you live"?  I say "yep...aside from all this stupid stuff, it's real pretty down there.  Then I say, "what's the big deal, this stuff happens everywhere".  Then they say, "hmmm, no it doesn't".  Then I say "yea, you got me, you're right."

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 06, 2018 14:03

So glad they apprehended this thug. Guy should have stolen a flowbee and nobody would have said anything.

Posted by: Curiouscat | May 06, 2018 16:49

Gee if you click on Sippican Weekly they get Nobel Prize winners lecturing in their town.  Look what we get?  I swear you can't make this stuff up.  Maybe we pitch our town to ABC and they can make a sitcom out of it.  One way to make money.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 06, 2018 17:29

Curious- whenever Wareham goes more than a few days without a doozie, I check to make sure I'm not accidentally reading Sippican Week!


Sippican Week covers the "tri-town" (Marion, Mattapoisett, & Rochester).  Wareham-like things do no happen in the tri-town.  The rose colored glasses wearers with their heads in the sand feel that Wareham (although next door) cannot be compared to the tri-town due to demographics (no freaking kidding).  Yet out of the other sides of their mouths, they say that "it happens everywhere".  Which is it? Proof is just a mouse click away.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 06, 2018 19:07

WBTS, CURIOUS,    I live right out of the city. This stuff doesn't even happen here. Lowell, Lawrence, Lynn the three "L's" as I call them it doesn't happen there. What's so special about Wareham that attracts these people?

Posted by: Curiouscat | May 07, 2018 06:52

Maybe we can ask these thugs what the attraction to Wareham is.  I'd be curious to the response.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 07, 2018 08:31

They'd probably say the beautiful Cape Cod geography, no bridge traffic, beaches, warm water, boating, sailing, fishing, shell-fishing, hiking, camping, bike-riding, ATV riding, affordable real estate, etc, etc,, etc....no wait...all these things are what attracted most of us!


It certainly has to do with sleazy pay by the day motels, crappy trailers, ramshackle converted cottages, hellholes like The Woods & Brandy.  Geeze... imagine what it would be like if we had sufficient affordable housing!  Plus the highways are like sewer pipes...195 drains Providence, Fall River, & New Bedford straight to Wareham.  24/495 drains Boston & Brockton straight to Wareham.  6/28 drains the Barnstable sewerage back off cape to Wareham.  The armpit is a convenient point of convergence...like a cesspool with many sewer pipes draining into it.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 07, 2018 08:46

There's no legal ATV riding areas on cape cod... Too many conservatives for that noise.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 07, 2018 10:12

Is it just the conservatives that don't like ATVs?  Environmental whackos favor the other team and they don't like them either.  It's another unfortunate situation where the few bad ruin it for the majority.


Riding is awesome off of Glen Charlie down where Agawam Road leads to the vast network of roads and open space.  Been enjoying that for 30 years.  Now it looks like that's just  a memory due to the new gate at Maple Park.

Posted by: Doctor Deekas | May 07, 2018 11:20

Will he also be charged with taking the shopping cart from Walmart down to Lowes?? That is an offense in Wareham now, gotta throw the book at these thugs!

Posted by: cranky pants | May 07, 2018 13:29

I know exactly where you mean WBTS. We used to enjoy that property out along Agawam road, and deeper in around the little long pond area.

Lately boneheads have been cutting down trees, burning vehicles and dumping trash out there. So much so that the abutting property owner Camp Cachalot scout reservation has been lodging complaints with the environmental police. The EP's as well as the Wareham land management have been patrolling the areas out there and issuing tickets for criminal trespassing and towing vehicles. It's sad people can't go out there anymore, but after all it wasn't free use land, it's just Makepeace never stopped people from going out there.

It's a great stretch of land out there, in fact mass wildlife recently acquired 350 plus acres out there, but there's no access unless you hike in.

You can travel Agawam road legally, and Wareham Land Trust owns and shares many acres out there for public use... Just be aware of where you are because that entire area out there is not marked clearly and you can end up trespassing by a matter of 20 feet.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 07, 2018 17:35

Beautiful out there.  My first experience was in the late 1980s when we learned the hard way to respect "Idiot's Hole" lol!  Most recently I've taught my own kids to ride dirtbikes & quads out there.  We even launch SeaDoos into Glen Charlie out there.  It's a big playground that we have never abused.  So frustrated that others have.  You know what I mean about the new gate?      Right there, just after Maple Park, is a new chain link gate with a sign that says the road is under repair.  I doubt it's being repaired.  Been there since March or earlier.


The Wareham Natural Resources Officer stopped me one day alongside  Agawam Road in Glen Charlie.  I was on my SeaDoo. He checked me, the SeaDoo, my truck, & my trailer.  He was cool and all went well.  No violation but he explained same thing you stated.  The property along Agawam Road is real funny as far as ownership and tresspassing.  I just behave respectably out there and hope that earns a pardon if the authorities come when I'm somewhere I shouldn't be.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 07, 2018 19:04

WBTS .. my oldest son and my wife were stopped in my driveway as he was taking his mini bike out of my wife’s truck . On our property he asked for names and licenses and wrote them down .. He wasn’t riding it or anything. It’s a pretty good thing I wasn’t home because my response would have been something like take a hike. People who trespass are disrespectful. Shameful because we got new dirt bikes :))

Posted by: totellthetruth | May 07, 2018 20:15

Brings back many fond memories for me WBTS, As a former Boy Scout we used to call Camp Cachalot "home". I remember the weekly Canoe trips down the Agawam during Summer Camp. We would lug the canoes down to "Roller Dam" (quite a hike) put them in and head towards Wareham Center. Portage at the Elks, return to the water below theHerring run and finish our trek down the Agawam. Quite a journey for an 11 yr. old. One year they let the Older boys take the trip from the beginning of the Agawam down to "Roller". That was a beautiful ride. I can still remember standing up in the canoe and picking wild grapes that formed an arch over the entire river.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 07, 2018 23:32

Swift’s - that happening to your son reminds me of similar happening to me as a kid.  For some reason the authorities go all overboard when it comes to kids and motor bikes.  A kid doing nothing wrong should be complemented, not scrutinized.  When he came up to me I’d just finished rolling my heavy 3 seater SeaDoo on its side to clean weeds from the intake.  My over 40 self was winded and doing absolutely nothing wrong so he had nothing to bust my aggies over, even if he was looking for stuff. Similar to you, I’ve been acquiring new toys for the kids to ride out there. Now with the gate, I’m not sure where we can ride anymore.


TTTT- over the years as a kid I’ve done similar adventures.  So much fun. Kids of today have no idea!  One time we went from Swift’s Beach all the way to the herring run at the Elks.  Funniest part was passing the Waste Water Plant.  We didn’t know what it was, it was 1980something, we were all like 13, 14, 15...clueless kids.  It was low tide and only shin deep so we were walking the boats...barefooted...from the Sandwich Road Bridge all the way the past the plant.  I remember walking through the discharge area. It was much colder and clearer than the river water...little did we know...Good times!  Another trip was northbound from the herring run all the way to Halfway Pond.  We portaged several times along that same trip as you described.  One time we went up into Maple Springs from Agawam Mill and via narrow streams we somehow found a way around Maple Park and back into Glen Charlie.  Been all through Cachalot over the years as well.  So much fun.


Gee, I got to be careful.  All this storytelling and reminiscing.  I may let my guard down and say too much and blow my cover.  Some of the other commenters that don’t like me may form an angry mob and come for me in the night...

Posted by: cranky pants | May 08, 2018 07:14

I won't say much more but I grew up on and in that river. Anyone remember playing in those waterfalls at the Elks ? Good times. In fact I still kayak it from tempest knob to the Elks... Although I haven't done it since the seal is there. He hangs on the shore across from that discharge pipe that WBTS mentioned.

Gee, we totally derailed this topic.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 08:12

That seal has been like a celebrity.  I haven't seen it but everyone has been talking about it.


Yea, we derailed this topic but nobody  should mind because it was all good positive stuff about great things in this       town.  Plus Mr. Mixon, the TV bandit shouldn't mind either because we took the focus off him!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 08, 2018 10:16

The seal should be shot. Its eating an endangered species in the river. How can the herring ever come back with that critter eating them faster than they can reproduce. Blast that thing!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 08, 2018 11:18

Sphere, how do you get away with it?  It's been an hour and nobody with hurt feelings has launched something back about harming the cute cuddly seal.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 08, 2018 11:40

Deep down they all know that there are way to many seals. The seals are also why their are so many sharks in Wareham and Onset harbors during the summer

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 08, 2018 11:56

Coolio ,

Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage
Slide slide slippity-slide
With switches on the block in a '65
Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage
Slide slide who-ride
Ain't no valley low enough for mountain high

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 09, 2018 11:21

Swifts, I can see it.  He's more of a disheveled looking Coolio.

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