On Jan. 9, 2018, the Warwick Police Department charged Dorothy Andrade, 76, with one count of misdemeanor larceny, which carries the possibility of up to one year of jail time and as much as a $500 fine.
The charge stemmed from an investigation into the theft of a one hundred dollar bill that occurred at the Burlington store on Nov. 4, 2017.
Warwick Police Department posted a surveillance video of the incident on Jan. 5, 2018 on its Facebook page, which shows the suspect picking up the bill just seconds after the rightful owner drops it while waiting in line to check out. The woman makes no attempt to alert the victim that she had dropped the money and instead puts it into her purse located in her shopping cart.
Shortly after posting the video, information was developed that led to Andrade’s arrest. She was summoned to appear in Third District Court at a later date.
Andrade is not protected by the so-called “finders keepers” provision in state larceny law because she could clearly ascertain who the true owner of the money was prior to taking possession of it.