Police Log - The season of shoplifting



On November 4 at approximately 11:50 a.m. Officer Michael Walker responded to the YMCA on Centerville Road for a report of a larceny from a vehicle.

At the scene he met with the reporting party, who stated that she arrived at the YMCA at approximately 11:20 a.m. with her children. When she returned to the car she found that her left rear passenger window was broken. Taken from the vehicle was her purse, which had been in the front seat. Described as a pink Kate Spade purse, which contained a navy blue wallet, the victim told the officers that there were multiple identification cards, credit cards, health cards, a checkbook, a pair of $250 sunglasses, and $10 cash inside.

There were no witnesses to the theft, and surveillance footage of the incident was unavailable. The officer checked several dumpsters in the area, but those searches proved negative. The victim would like to press charges if a suspect is found.


Officer James Vible was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Kohls on November 6 around 12:57 p.m. for a shoplifting report. Dispatch had advised the officer that the suspect was a white female who stole jewelry and was picked up in a dark gray Toyota operated by another white female, and departed the scene traveling eastbound on East Avenue.

Officer Vible responded to and posted his patrol car on East Avenue near the Route 95 on and off ramps for two iterations of the traffic light at the CCRI entrance in an attempt to intercept the suspect vehicle with negative results.

The officer then responded to the store and met with a member of security, who played security camera footage which showed the suspect, described as in her early 20s with long dark hair secured in a white head band wearing a black low cut t-shirt, gray pants, with a large black hand bag. According to the report, the woman selected three bracelets and one white junior miss t-shirt with a total value of $45.99 and then exited the store without paying for the merchandise. A member of security followed the suspect outside and observed her enter a Toyota. A license plate number of the car was provided to the officer.

The store wishes to press charges should the suspect be found, and the case was forwarded to detectives for review.


Erica Walsh, 31, of 125 Seneca Avenue in Pawtucket, was arrested by Officer Robert Canis-Langlais on November 7 around 12:05 p.m. for suspected shoplifting.

According to his report, the officer responded to the supermarket around the time of the incident and met with a store detective, who had Walsh in custody. She told the officer that she had observed Walsh order a $30.70 bag of little necks and $93.97 worth of clams at the seafood counter. Walsh allegedly then exited the store without making an attempt to pay. Outside she was detained and brought back into the store.

Officer Canis-Langlais observed the store’s security footage and then took Walsh into custody and later transported her to police headquarters. Stop and Shop security stated that they wished to press charges and have a no trespass order issued to Walsh. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting and later released.


Officers Quentin Mourato and Timothy Tavares were dispatched to the Universal Boulevard Best Buy on November 7 for a report of a shoplifting in progress. Prior to arrival, dispatch advised the officer that the suspect had a GPS in his jacket and had gone to the men’s room. The suspect was still in the restroom and members of the store’s loss prevention team had not yet approached him.

Described as very tall and wearing a black trench coat with a black hat and a button down shirt, the man was eventually detained by Officer Mourato. Identified as Theodore Banks, 75, of 69 Granite Street in Fitchburg, he removed the GPS from where it was concealed once detained.

Loss prevention told the officers that they had observed Banks conceal the item, head to the men’s room and then leave the store. Security had followed Banks throughout the incident, including in the restroom. It appeared that the GPS was wrapped in tinfoil in the bathroom in an attempt to avoid the store’s sensors. The GPS was valued at $269.99.

Banks was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting. He was held to appear before the bail commissioner.


On November 7 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Officer Thomas Duncan responded to the Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for a shoplifting in progress. Dispatch advised that a white male with a beard wearing a black jacket and black back pack had just ran out of the store and entered a gray Nissan Sentra. It was reported that the vehicle was headed towards the Fat Belly’s restaurant. Officer Larson conducted a search while officer Duncan responded to the store to speak with Loss Prevention.

At the store he met with security that provided a written statement. According to the report, security observed the man take a North Face jacket and put it into the backpack. He then exited the store without paying. As the subject passed the first door, security attempted to stop the suspect, but the man continued to exit. The man then looked back and is alleged to have said, “You have no reason to follow me there is nothing in my bag, look.” While saying this, the suspect had a knife in his right hand while pointing it at the guard. The man then repeated “look” and made a head gesture towards the knife. The man then escaped in the Nissan.

The value of the jacket was reportedly $230. Security advised that if the suspect was caught that the store wished to prosecute. A copy of the video surveillance was obtained and a complaint was taken. Should a suspect be found they would face one count of shoplifting and one count of felony assault with a dangerous weapon.


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Why do women keep leaving their pocketbooks in their cars? The YMCA is known for the number of car break-ins! Be smart and place your valuables in the trunk before you get to your destination.

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