On December 19 at approximately 3:12 p.m., Officer Quentin Tavares was dispatched to the TJ Maxx/HomeGoods on Bald Hill Road for a shoplifting report.
At the store he met with a member of Loss Prevention who had a female suspect, later identified as Crystal Lapierre, 34, of 180 Karrington Avenue, Apt. 1 in Woonsocket, in custody. According to the security officer, Lapierre was observed entering the children’s department with a carriage full of makeup. There the merchandise was concealed within a handbag. Lapierre was then seen exiting the store without paying. Once outside, she was apprehended and brought back into the store, where $178.92 worth of products was recovered.
Lapierre was taken into police custody and transported to headquarters where she was fingerprinted, photographed and processed. She was charged with one count of felony shoplifting as she had a prior shoplifting conviction, and was held for the next session with the bail commissioner.
On Dec. 22 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Officer Brian Holleran responded to the Nordstrom Rack at Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. The Loss Prevention officer told Officer Holleran that he saw a female, later identified as Nairoby Depena, 34, of 9 Whelan Rd. Apt. #1-6 in Providence, taking items from the kids department and putting them in a Nordstrom Rack shopping bag.
The officer then observed her to take items from the women's section and the men's section. She then placed the shopping bag down and took one shirt to the register to pay for it. Then, she went back to where she left the bag in the men's section and exited the store without paying for the items.
She was then detained by Loss Prevention and taken back to their office without incident. The merchandise, which had a total value of $571.15, was all recovered.
Depena was then placed under arrest for shoplifting by Officer Holleran and, because of previous shoplifting convictions and the value of the merchandise, taken back to police headquarters. She was then processed for Felony Shoplifting.
On Dec. 23 at approximately 7:33 p.m. Officers Alfred Silveira and Brian Holleran responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at the Dick's Sporting Goods store on Bald Hill Road. Dispatch told them that a male had just left the store in a vehicle heading northbound on Route 2.
After checking Route 2 briefly, the officers went to the store, where the operations manager told them that a customer outside told the store that a male had run into a Honda Accord with merchandise in his arms.
Upon reviewing footage, the manager saw that the suspect had run out of the building. She checked the floor and found that he took one North Face Parka valued at $299.99 and one North Face sweater valued at $99.99.
The manager said the store wished to press charges and gave the Officers a flash drive with the video along with a receipt for the merchandise, and the report as forwarded to Detectives.
Officer Michael Walker responded to the LA Fitness on Bald Hill Road on December 22 around 12:18 p.m. for a report of a larceny.
Officer Walker spoke with the victim at the scene, who stated that she came to the center to work out at approximately 10:35 a.m. When she proceeded to leave around 12:05 p.m., she discovered that her black North Face jacket, valued at $300, was missing from the coat rack in the ladies room. There are currently no suspects or witnesses, however the victim indicated that she wished to press charges should one be found. STOLEN CIGARETTES
On December 12 at approximately 9:17 p.m., Officer Sokphannareth was dispatched to the 7-Eleven on West Shore Road. There he met with the reporting party who stated that around 7:55 p.m. a white female with long brown hair came into the store and asked to buy six packs of Newport cigarettes. The suspect then used her credit card to pay, however, the transaction was declined.
As the attendant attempted to tell the woman that the transaction didn’t go through, the suspect grabbed the cigarettes and ran from the store. Management told the officer that the store wished to pursue criminal charges should the suspect be apprehended, and that they would provide a copy of surveillance footage.
Officer Ryan Lancaster was on patrol on Metro Center Boulevard approaching the intersection on December 28 around 11 p.m. when he noticed a female dressed in black stumbling across the intersection. According to his report, the woman nearly walked into the side of a trailer truck that was turning onto Greenwich Avenue. Officer Lancaster then stopped to check on the woman’s well being along with Officer Nicholas Dinardo.
The officers noted that the woman, later identified as Cassandra Foran, 25, of 72 Cambridge Street in Worcester, Mass., showed signs of being under the influence of an intoxicating substance. She was asked for identification but did not have any, and said that her name was Ashley Corbett. She had a bag tucked under her arm that she clutched tightly. Foran appeared nervous, and stated that she may have an outstanding warrant but was unsure. She claimed that she did not have any illegal substances on her person, but had been arrested in the past for possession of narcotics.
Officers performed background checks, which showed the identification information Foran provided was false. When confronted, Foran said the information she had provided was for her cousin. She then stated her name was Cassandra Corbett, however nothing was found during background checks using that name. Foran then provided consent for officers to look in her bag.
Inside, two empty needles along with what officers believed was a crack pipe was discovered, as was a glass tube believed to be a methamphetamine pipe. Four white pills were also located, and checks of the pills found that they were acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, a schedule II drug.
Based upon this information, Foran was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters without incident. Fingerprints were then taken, and used to identify the suspect as Cassandra Foran. Foran had an outstanding warrant for her arrest in Massachusetts. She was charged with one count of possession of a schedule II drug and one count of obstructing an officer.
SHOPLIFTING AND OBSTRUCTION
At approximately 5:18 p.m. on December 24, Officers Kevin McGuire and Walter Larson were dispatched to the TJ Maxx/HomeGoods on Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting in progress.
Officer Larson was the first officer on the scene. He called out that a suspect was running from him through the parking lot, however he did catch the suspect, later identified as Melquam Perry, 26, of 4 Marshall Street in Hartford, Conn. Perry stated that this was her legal name, even though she was going through a gender change and identified as Victoria. Perry did not have any positive identification, and complained of injuries to her legs from jumping over a guardrail and falling while running from the officer. Warwick Fire responded and transported Perry to Kent Hospital to be treated for injuries.
A member of the store’s loss prevention team reviewed video surveillance footage, which allegedly showed Perry taking a Gucci purse valued at $649.99 off of the rack and into a bag. She then passed all points of sale before exiting the store. When approached by security, Perry took off running.
A search of Perry’s purse revealed two credit cards with the name “Danny Smith” on them, which could not be confirmed to belong to Perry, who could not provide an explanation as to why she had them. Following her stay at the hospital for the treatment of her injuries, Perry was brought to police headquarters where she was processed. Background checks confirmed that she had an extensive criminal history in several states. She was subsequently charged with shoplifting and obstructing an officer.