A mother and her adult son were charged with stealing baby formula from a CVS in East Boston, authorities said.
Jill Dibartolomeo, 52, of Peabody, pleaded not guilty in East Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday to a charge of larceny over $250, a spokeswoman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office said. Her son, Shawn Dibartolomeo, 25, of Peabody, also pleaded not guilty to charges of shoplifting $200 and over and possession of Class B drugs.
Both mother and son were released on their own recognizance. They were ordered to stay away from the CVS, said spokeswoman Renee Nadeau Algarin.
The pair are o return to court April 24, said Algarin.
Police responded to a call about a larceny at about 4:35 p.m. on Monday at the CVS pharmacy on Saratoga Street. When police arrived, employees told them that a woman wearing a yellow sweatshirt with a hood had fled in a black Ford Explorer, police said.
Officers saw the Explorer stuck in traffic on the Saratoga Street bridge. They stopped the car and found the suspect and a man in the back seat, who was later identified as her son, police said. He was trying to conceal cans of baby formula by putting them in a computer bag, police said.
The officers said they also saw a yellow sweatshirt beside him. Police seized the sweatshirt, baby formula, and suspected drugs from the car.