A Winthrop man was arrested Wednesday in the South Shore Plaza parking lot after police allegedly found him with a gun, several stun guns, and drugs.
Police said that an officer was patrolling the parking lots and saw the suspect meet up with another man in a car. The pair took a brief drive around the mall before the suspect left the unidentified man’s vehicle a few minutes later.
Suspecting a drug transaction had just occurred, the officer stopped the suspect as he drove out of the mall.
After a search of the car, police said they discovered a prescription bag from a Rhode Island pharmacy in the car’s center console.
The bag contained 120 30-milligram pills of Oxycodone, police said, and the label showed that a man of a different name in Rhode Island had filled the prescription that day.
In the car, police also reported finding a computer bag with a .38 caliber revolver, a box of ammunition, eight stun guns, two police-type batons, and a leather sap – a leather-covered hand weapon.
Police also uncovered 13 David King purses and handbags, 18 Magellan hand-held GPS units, and accessories for the GPS.
Police said they are still investigating who owned the bags and GPS units.
Richard B. Polito, 50, of Winthrop was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm, eight counts of possession of a stun gun, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute, and two counts of receiving stolen property over $250.
Polito was arraigned on Thursday morning in Quincy District Court, with bail set at $100,000.
Police are continuing their investigation regarding the man Polito met with in the parking lot.