On April 5 at approximately 7:25 p.m. Officer Derek Mourato saw a Mazda driving on Centerville Road in which the driver did not have a seat belt on. After checking the registration number, Mourato found that it was expired and the plates did not match, so he pulled the car over.
The driver was identified as Christy Larcher, 42, of 26 Gibson Hill Road in Sterling, Connecticut. Larcher was driving on a suspended license, which was her third offense of the kind. She also had a bench warrant out on her for failure to appear on a suspended license charge.
The plates were seized and the vehicle was searched, which yielded no additional findings. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the passenger of the car, who was impaired, was given a ride home.
Larcher was taken to police headquarters, where she was issued summons for Driving on Suspended License and Operating Unregistered Vehicle. She was then transported to the ACI.
On April 7 at approximately 6:34 p.m. Officer Derek Mourato saw a Honda driving on Centerville Road that had tinted windows, causing him to pull it over.
The driver was identified as Freddie Berrios, 39, of 217 Rathbun St. in Woonsocket, who was found to be driving on a suspended license, which was his third offense. He was issued summons for Driving on Suspended License with a May 3 court date. A passenger with an active license drove them from the scene.
On April 10 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Officer Julio Benros responded to the report of larceny from a car at a private residence on Ives Road.
The reporting party said that sometime the day earlier his wallet, containing credit cards and his driver’s license, was stolen from his unlocked car. The Officer found that one of the credit cards was used to make several fraudulent/unauthorized transactions, all in New Hampshire, for a total of $5,365.
The victim was advised to cancel all credit cards, place a fraud alert with the national credit bureaus, and to make a complaint with New Hampshire state police. The report was forwarded to the Detective Division as a “head’s up.” There were no known suspects at the time.
On April 11 at 11:28 a.m. Officers Britton Kelly and Brian Murray responded to the Walmart at the Rhode Island Mall for the report of a shoplifting in progress. Dispatch told them that a male and female had fled the store in a gold Toyota Camry and had driven to the parking lot at the BJ’s Ale House across the street and parked there, per other officers in the area.
When the officers arrived, there was one male and three females in the car. All of them seemed to not know about a shoplifting at Walmart.
The loss prevention employee at Walmart was brought over and identified one of the females, Reka Roderick, 26, of 1061 Willet Avenue in East Providence, as the alleged shoplifter. The employee said that Roderick had taken multiple items, including electronics, makeups, and hats and left the store without paying. The total value of the merchandise was $72.45.
The bag of items was found in plain view in the back of the Camry. Walmart wished to press charges on Roderick, and video surveillance did show her shoplifting the items. The three other individuals would be trespassed from the store as well.
Roderick was taken to police headquarters without incident. She was released with a summons on one count of Shoplifting – Misdemeanor.
On April 12 at approximately 11:41 a.m. Officer Albert Marano responded to the report of a shoplifter in custody at the Walmart at Rhode Island Mall.
The loss prevention employee told him that a male, later identified as Chis Fiske, 36, of 22 Wood St. in West Warwick, had concealed multiple items, including movies, toys, and binoculars, and left the store without paying. He was then apprehended outside of the store and came back in without incident. The total value of the merchandise taken was $78.76.
Fiske was taken to police headquarters and later released with a summons for one count of Shoplifting.
On April 13 at approximately 6:06 p.m. multiple Officers were dispatched to the Walmart at the Rhode Island Mall for the report of two females concealing multiple items in large duffel bags.
Upon arrival, Officer Quentin Tavares was video surveillance, which showed the two females taking several items from the pharmacy department and then leave the store through the lawn/garden section.
Outside of the store, one of the assisting officers had detained one of the alleged shoplifters, identified as Tanika Bridges, 40, of 72 Mawney St. in Providence. The other alleged shoplifter, later identified as Helluva Brown, 26, of 70 Felix St. in Providence, had seen the police and ran back into the store, dumping the items. She was found in the store and detained, giving the officers the false name of Janet Brown and not providing any identification.
The loss prevention associate charged that Brown had tried taking $552 worth of merchandise and Bridges had tried taking $210 worth of merchandise.
Both females were taken to police headquarters. Brown once again gave the false name of Janet, but fingerprint checks revealed her to be Helluva Brown. She told the Officers that she had another first name and her date of birth was changed on her birth certificate, but this was found to be not true.
Brown had several charges from different departments on her record, including a previous shoplifting. Therefore, she was charged with one count of Shoplifting – Felony and with Obstruction of an officer for providing a false name.
Bridges was charged with one count of Shoplifting – Misdemeanor and released on a court summons.