MBTA Transit Police released this booking photo of Cory Deboer. (credit: MBTA Transit Police)
MBTA Transit Police released this booking photo of Cory Deboer. (credit: MBTA Transit Police)

A Whitman man tried to steal a backpack from an MBTA detective working in South Station Monday night, according to Transit Police.

Transit detectives arrested Cory Deboer, 25, of Whitman and charged him with larceny. According to police, Deboer approached a detective while the MBTA’s special crimes unit was in the bus terminal investigating a separate incident.

From the Transit Police blog:

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Deboer engaged the detective into conversation. (unaware of the detective's law enforcement status) During the conversation Deboer pointed to the detective's backpack and asked if it was his. The detective confirmed his ownership of the back pack.

As soon as the detective's back was turned Deboer grabbed the back pack and retreated into the Bus Terminal concourse area and began to rummage through the bag.

Other detectives were watching Deboer at the time and arrested him on a larceny charge, according to Transit Police.

Scalese can be reached at roberto.scalese@globe.com or via Twitter @BertoScalese.