Officer Geoffrey Waldman was dispatched to the Stop & Shop at 2470 Warwick Ave. at approximately 4:31 p.m. on April 13 for a report of a shoplifting in progress. Upon arrival, Waldman said he waited outside for the suspect to exit the store, which he eventually did along with a loss prevention officer. At the point, Waldman said officers identified themselves and placed the suspect in handcuffs before leading back into the store to the loss prevention office. The loss prevention officer told Waldman he observed an adult male select six toothbrush head items and two vitamin items and conceal them in the sleeves of his jacket and walked to the font of the store, where he purchased two packages of cookies and walked into the men’s room with his backpack. After some time, he said the suspect exited the rest room, purchased a pastry item and exited the store, failing to pay for $271.69 worth of product, all of which was recovered after the man was escorted back into the store. Joseph Green, 29, of 595 Willet Ave., Apt. 17 in East Providence, was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and held for the bail commissioner. Green was charged with one count of felony shoplifting. He also had two outstanding bench warrants, one out of Sixth District Court and one out of Sixth District Superior Court.
Officer Brian Murray was dispatched to the J. C. Penney department store at Warwick Mall, at 400 Bald Hill Road, at 2:08 p.m. on April 14 for a report of an adult female in custody for shoplifting. Upon arrival, Murray met with a loss prevention officer, who said she observed a woman enter the Sephora Department and select a box of women’s fragrance (Dolce & Gabbana, valued at $55) and place it underneath the clothes she was carrying. The woman then selected another box of women’s fragrance (Viva La Juicy, valued at $52) and went to another department, where she put the fragrance in her purse and the clothes she was carrying back on the clothing racks. The women then headed upstairs to the Children’s Department, where she began selecting merchandise and peeled the clearance price stickers off clearance merchandise and stuck them on to regular-priced merchandise that she was selecting. After putting the merchandise in a J. C. Penney mesh bag and heading back downstairs, through the Men’s Department, and upstairs again to the Children’s Department, the woman paid for the items she selected and had re-ticketed. She then continued back downstairs, passed all points of sale and made no attempt to pay for fragrance merchandise she had concealed and exited the store. Once outside, she was confronted by loss prevention officers, who escorted her back into the store to the loss prevention office, at which point the merchandise, representing a total value of $271, was recovered. Murray said it should be noted that the woman paid $31 for the clothes with the switched tickets, so $31 was turned back over to her, bringing the total value of the recovered merchandise to $240.10. Sara Ayala, 40, of 295 Grosvernor Ave. in East Providence, was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where she was processed and charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting.
Officer Britton Kelly responded to 93 Arlington Ave. at 9:13 a.m. on April 19 for a vandalism report. Upon arrival, Kelly met with a contractor for the bank, who said he arrived at the address at the request of Saf-Guard properties to secure a slider in the rear that was smashed in. He told Kelly there were no signs of vandalism apart from the slider. Kelly said the owner of the property is Bank of America, with an address at 2375 N. Glenville Drive in Richardson, Texas. The contractor told Kelly he checked the interior of the residence and it appeared the suspect damaged the slider door and entered the residence, but it didn’t appear anything was taken from the vacant property and that the copper piping was still in place. He said he needed to report the damage for Bank of America. Kelly said upon arriving on scene, the contractor had nearly completed covering the broken glass door and re-secured the house, so there was nothing that could be processed by detectives, although a report was forwarded to them for review.