Officer John Zaborski was dispatched to Warwick Police Department headquarters at approximately 10:15 p.m. on March 19 for the report of a larceny. Upon arrival, Zaborski said he spoke with a woman who said she noticed her debit card and driver’s license were missing when she went to pay for a purchase at Starbucks on Bald Hill Road. The woman said she used the debit card to pay for gas at a gas station in Somerset, Mass., at approximately 7:30 a.m. on March 18, before driving to the Pro Fitness gym at 1755 Bald Hill Rd. in Warwick. She told Zaborski she had the card and her license before going into the gym. At the gym, she said she put her belongings in the locker room while she trained and did cardio. She said she arrived at the gym at 8:30 that morning and left at 11:15 a.m., stopping at Starbucks on her way to work. She told Zaborski she notified the gym immediately and they helped her look in the locker room but were unable to locate the missing items. Zaborski said the gym advised the woman it did not have cameras. She said she canceled her debit card and no one had tried to use it. No suspects.
Officer Eric Lima was dispatched to the Loss Prevention office at J.C. Penny at approximately 3:37 p.m. on March 15 for the report of a woman in custody for shoplifting. Upon arrival, Lima said he met with a loss prevention associate who said she observed a woman select merchandise from the men’s sportswear department, including three men’s T-shirts, two Xtreme Tees and one Champion Tee, then walked through several other departments with the T-shirts and then re-entered the men’s department, where she was observed going behind a wall out of a camera view, where “only her bag was visible for a second,” and then back into view of the camera without the T-shirts and only one side of her sweatshirt was closed. The associate said another loss prevention associate went to look for the T-shirts, and while doing so the woman exited the store while still holding the same side of her sweatshirt closed. The T-shirts were unable to be located. The associate then told Lima the woman re-entered the store a few moments later and went to the shoe department, where she selected a pair of men’s Converse Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers, then went in between two aisles of Nike shoes, removed the Converse sneakers from the box and placed them underneath one side of her sweatshirt and held it closed. The associate said the woman then headed for the mall entrance, passing many active point of sale stations and made no attempt to pay for the merchandise. Loss prevention then approached the woman and escorted her to the Loss Prevention office. Lima said the associate told him the woman admitted to the theft of the shoes but insisted she had not taken the T-shirts out of the building. Loss prevention then reviewed the security footage, retraced the woman’s path and searched the area several times in an attempt to locate the shirts but yielded negative results. The total value of the shoplifted items was $95. Marie Mottram, 49, of 62 State St., Warwick was arrested and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing, where she was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and released with a summons for Third District Court.
Officer Stephen Major was dispatched to the Macy’s department store at 400 Bald Hill Rd. in Warwick at approximately 5:51 p.m. on March 23 in reference to a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, Major said he met with a loss prevention officer who said she observed a woman select five items, conceal those items and pass all points of purchasing while making no attempt to pay. Loss prevention then stopped the woman outside the store and escorted her back to the Loss Prevention office and called police. Major said he then met with the woman, who originally lied to loss prevention about her name as Christina Lopez but was later identified as Lucy Antepara, 52, of Winrooth Ave., Providence, and verified her identity as Lucy Antepara by her R.I. driver’s license. He said he advised her not to lie to loss prevention if she is held again, placed her in handcuffs and transported her to police headquarters, where she was jailed and processed without incident. Antepara was charged with one count of shoplifting and released with a Third District Court summons.
Officer Nicholas Reay was dispatched to Wal-Mart at 650 Bald Hill Rd. at approximately 4:25 p.m. on March 16 for the report of a larceny of a cell phone. Reay said he met with a woman who told him she entered the restroom near the main entrance of the store, and after exiting she realized she was not in possession of her cell phone, which she believed was left in the first stall of the restroom. She said she went back but could not locate the phone. The woman said she then spoke to a young girl outside the restroom, who was able to describe the cell phone but when the woman asked her to turn the phone over, she was unable to do so. Reay said he viewed the surveillance footage, which showed three other subjects exiting the restroom after the woman exited, including a short Asian female with dark hair, a young female with a St. Patty’s Day headband (to whom the woman had spoken) and the young female’s mother. All three subjects were unable to be identified at the time. The woman described the phone as a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a black Otter Box case, valued at $699.95. The woman said she contacted Verizon to have her phone pinned, without success. Reay said the woman provided the serial number for the phone, which was entered into NCIC as being lost or stolen, then provided a written statement, where she indicated she wished to pursue criminal charges. The statement was forwarded to Records and a copy of the video surveillance was taken as evidence and forwarded to detectives.