Police were dispatched to the Target store on Somerville Ave. after receiving a call that a shoplifter with no identification had been apprehended and was being held.
As officers arrived, they were met by loss prevention personnel and told that the store had been called by the Watertown Target store and advised that a male shoplifter had been observed shoplifting in various area branches of the chain stores.
A man was observed in the Somerville branch who reportedly matched the description of the suspect described by the Watertown store.
The man, later identified as Norman Jimenez, 34, of Malden, was placed under surveillance and was reportedly seen removing a wristwatch from its packaging and concealing it in his pocket.
Jimenez was also allegedly observed removing a smart phone from a display area and place it in pocket.
While attempting to pass through the points of purchase without paying, Jimenez was stopped and detained by loss prevention personnel until police arrived, according to reports.
Jimenez was placed under arrest by police and has been charged with larceny over $250.