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STOLEN CAR

Officer Ryan Lancaster responded to the Herb Chambers Cadillac on Bald Hill Road for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. At the scene he spoke with a service manager, who stated that he noticed a vehicle that was registered to the dealership – a blue 2010 Cadillac SRX – was missing from their lot.

According to the report, the vehicle was used as a loaner car for the dealership’s customers. The manager stated that the last time anyone remembered seeing the vehicle was six months ago. The vehicle was only noticed missing when the DMV sent the company a letter notifying them that the vehicle’s registration was about to expire.

Staff then began looking for the car, but could not find it on the lot. The car’s keys were also missing. The manager stated that the vehicle had not been loaned to anyone recently, but was unable to produce any record of the last person this vehicle had been loaned to. He also had no reason to believe that any past or present employees had taken the vehicle.

The case was forwarded to detectives for review.

WAS IT THE JOKER?

On May 19 around 10:30 a.m., Officer Albert Marano met with a victim of a theft in the lobby of police department headquarters.

The victim stated that he had parked his car in front of his apartment building on Post Road on May 18 around 11:30 p.m. When he returned the following morning around 9:30 a.m., he realized his Batman snapback hat had been taken from the vehicle. He also noticed that his glove compartment was rummaged through, but that nothing else had been taken.

The victim also stated that his girlfriend’s wallet was in the car, and some cards were moved around but nothing was taken. It’s believed that the Batman hat was valued at approximately $15. There are no leads at this time.

STOLEN TOOLS

On May 24 at approximately 6:04 p.m., Officer Steven D. Moretti was dispatched to the West Natick Road Extended Stay America to take a larceny from a motor vehicle complaint.

At the scene he met with the complainant, who stated he parked his work van in the back of the hotel at 6:50 p.m. the previous evening. When he returned the next morning, he noticed that the left corner of the rear window of the work van was punched out and tools that were inside were missing.

Tools taken include multiple Dewalt Hammer Drills, a Bostitch tool set, and multiple drill bits, with a total estimated value of $3,675.00. There was no available video surveillance of the incident, and there are no suspects or witnesses.

MORE STOLEN TOOLS

Officer Michael Walker responded to the Bald Hill Road Jake Kaplan’s car dealership on May 19 at approximately 11:55 a.m. for a larceny report.

At the dealership he spoke with a service manager who advised that the dealership purchased a DeWalt cordless weed trimmer, valued at $179, to use around the dealership. When workers arrived that morning, the weed trimmer was missing. There are currently no suspects or witnesses, but the dealership wishes to press charges should a perpetrator be found.

STOLEN PHONE

On May 19 at approximately 12:34, Officer Albert Marano Jr. met with a victim at police headquarters for a report of a larceny from the Bald Hill Road McDonalds.

After speaking with the reporting party, it was revealed that while the victim was using the restaurant’s bathroom, she accidentally left the phone behind. When she returned to retrieve it, a young lady ran out of the restroom to a car in the parking lot with the phone in her hand. The woman’s companion took a photograph of the car, and presented it to police.

In the iPhone’s case was medical insurance cards, driver’s license and other various cards. The report was forwarded to detectives for review.

STOLEN GOODS

On May 20 around 1:30 p.m., Officer James Vible responded to the Bald Hill Road Macy’s in reference to an employee suspected of stealing store goods.

At the store the officer met with the Asset Protection team, who advised that one of their former employees, Irma Garcia, 24, of 8 Branch Avenue, Apt. 2 in Cranston, was suspected of using her position to manipulate security cameras in order to obtain, conceal, and remove from the store several bags of clothes without payment. The store provided five DVDs of security footage showing Garcia during her work shifts on May 10 and 13 securing various items of clothing valued at $698.50.

The store became suspicious of Garcia’s activity when she arrived at work with an empty backpack and leaving work with the same bag appearing to be filled. Managers then reviewed security footage, which depicted Garcia entering the security office and unplugging the camera in an effort to conceal her activities.

Macy’s regional director of investigations told the officer by phone that he had called Garcia about the incident, and stated that she had admitted to him that she had taken the clothing, had apologized, and pleaded to let her return the clothes in exchange for not pressing charges. Arrangements were made with Garcia to return the items, however she never showed up and stopped responding to telephone calls from the store.

Officer Vible attempted to contact Garcia by phone, but she hung up when he identified himself. The officer made a second call, and advised her of the investigation and that if she failed to contact police within the hour an arrest warrant would be drawn. Garcia called the station, confirmed her conversation with Macy’s investigator and that she was willing to turn over all of the taken merchandise.

Garcia responded to the store on May 21. There, she apologized while admitting to taking the items. All missing items were accounted for, and it was then determined that Macy’s wanted to press charges and request a no trespass order against Garcia. She was arrested and transported to police headquarters where she was charged with shoplifting and later released with a Third District Court summons.

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