On the morning of Jan. 12, Detective Adam Arico met with a loss prevention associate from Lowe’s regarding multiple shoplifting incidents at the store’s 810 Quaker Lane and 555 Greenwich Ave. locations.
The associate told Arico that two men had taken rolls of Romex electrical wire from the locations on several occasions in December 2019. On Dec. 20, the suspects were said to have taken two rolls of wire with a combined value of $403 from the Quaker Lane store without making any attempt to pay. Then, on Dec. 23, the same men were said to have taken five rolls of wire with a combined value of nearly $415 from the same store without making any attempt to pay.
The associate told Arico the same men were suspects in similar incidents at other Lowe’s locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Through a records check of a vehicle involved in a theft from the Greenwich Avenue store – which had also been involved in a theft from the Cranston Lowe’s store – one of the suspects was identified. Arico then sought the public’s assistance in identifying the second suspect through a Facebook post, which proved successful. Warrants were subsequently issued for the arrest of the suspects.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, Jared J. Enos, 48, 80 Wayland Ave., Cranston, responded to Warwick Police headquarters and was taken into custody on arrest warrants listing three counts of shoplifting and two counts of conspiracy. He was processed and transported to Third Division District Court.
At approximately 10:17 a.m. on Jan. 28, Christopher J. Vivier, 41, 46 Stone St., Coventry, was taken into custody at Third Division District Court on warrants listing five counts of shoplifting and two counts of conspiracy. He was additionally held on a bench warrant issued from Family Court and an arrest warrant issued from Cranston Police. He was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing before being taken back to the courthouse for arraignment.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 8, Officer Jonathan Byrne responded to the Shaw’s supermarket at 320 Warwick Ave. for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress. Dispatch advised that a male suspect had exited the store with three reusable shopping bags full of merchandise and left the area on foot heading south on Warwick Avenue.
Byrne and another officer searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Officers then located a Shaw’s shopping cart in the nearby Grow With Us Hydroponics parking lot. A review of that establishment’s security camera footage showed the suspect running through the parking lot with the shopping cart, while an employee of the store said the suspect had asked him for a ride before heading in the direction of the Cozy Grille.
The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.
Just after 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, Officer Gian Micheletti responded to the Walmart at 840 Post Road for a report of a shoplifting incident that occurred the previous day.
At the scene, a loss prevention associate at the store told Micheletti that security camera footage from Feb. 8 showed a male suspect selecting a Cricut Maker valued at $374 and leaving the store without making any attempt to pay. The suspect was accompanied by another man who appeared to be serving as a lookout during the theft, the associate said. The men were then observed entering a silver sedan and leaving the area.
The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, Officer Gian Micheletti responded to the Walmart at 840 Post Road for a report of a shoplifting suspect in the custody of loss prevention personnel.
At the scene, a loss prevention officer for the store, told Micheletti that the male suspect had been observed going through a self-checkout line but failing to scan and pay for several items – a 24-pack of Coca-Cola, two dinosaur toys and a pair of car windshield wipers with a combined value of nearly $56. The man then exited the store, at which point he was met by loss prevention.
During questioning by police, the suspect is said to have initially provided a false name. A records check is additionally said to have revealed the suspect had previous convictions for shoplifting and receiving stolen goods.
Robert Forrest, 27, 7 Elberta St., Warwick, was arrested on charges of shoplifting, shoplifting as a habitual offender and obstructing an officer in the execution of duty. He was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and held as a probation violator.
Just before 7 p.m. on Feb. 14, Officer Justin Martin responded to the Macy’s at Warwick Mall for a report of a female shoplifting suspect in the custody of asset protection personnel.
At the scene, an asset protection associate told Martin that the suspect had been observed selecting men’s clothing items and entering a fitting room, where she concealed the items within a shopping bag. The suspect then exited the store without making any attempt to pay, at which point she was met by asset protection personnel. The stolen items – a sweatshirt and pair of sweatpants, with a combined value of $115 – were recovered.
Maria Andrade, 65, 84 Prentice Ave., Pawtucket, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
Shortly after 6 a.m. on Feb. 9, Officer Cody Wild responded to the Homewood Suites at 33 International Way for a report of larceny from a motor vehicle.
At the scene, the reporting party told Wild that when he went to start his 2017 Chevy Silverado pickup truck that morning, he found the vehicle’s passenger-side window had been smashed. The reporting party subsequently found that a pair of Apple AirPods were missing from inside the vehicle, although nothing else appeared to have been taken.
No security camera footage was available. The matter was documented.
At 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 11, Officer Joshua Myer met with a reporting party in the lobby of Warwick Police headquarters regarding a larceny complaint.
The reporting party told Myer that a package had been listed to delivered to his Buttonwoods Avenue home just before 2 p.m. on Feb. 6. When the man arrived home at approximately 4:45 p.m. that day, however, the package was gone.
The package contained an air fryer valued at $125, the reporting party told Myer. The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.