On March 30 at approximately 1:48 p.m., Officer Julio Benros responded to the National Grid Electrical Substation on Cowesett Road for a report of a larceny from a vehicle.
At the scene he met with a member of Nation Grid team who reported a stolen catalytic converter on a Ford F250. According to the report the converter was stolen sometime after 4:30 p.m. on March 28. A check of the vehicle revealed that the converter may have been sawed off of its mount. There are currently no suspects, and the case was forwarded to department detectives for review.
On March 27 at 2:10 p.m., Officer Christian Vargas, along with other members of the department, was dispatched to the Warwick Mall Macy’s for a report of a shoplifting in progress. Officers were advised that the suspect had fled in a blue SUV, and that a male and female were inside the vehicle.
Officer Vargas was in the area of Greenwich Avenue and Metro Center Boulevard when he spotted the suspect vehicle traveling south on Greenwich Avenue. A traffic stop was then conducted near the entrance to Lowes and Stop and Shop. When the officer approached the vehicle, he reported that a large amount of clothing with security sensors still attached were in plain sight in the back seat.
Contact was made with the woman driver and the officer asked for the car’s keys. The male passenger, later identified as Taylor Monteiro, 27, of 12 Atlas Street Apt. 2 in Providence, began allegedly stating that the woman “had nothing to do with it” and that he was the person who took the items.
Monteiro was removed from the vehicle and read his rights. He stated that he was having money problems and that he went into the store, took clothing items, and then ran out. A member of Macy’s loss prevention team responded to the scene and positively identified Monteiro as the suspect involved. A total of 14 items were then recovered, with a combined value of $945. The store indicated that they wished to press charges. Monteiro was then taken into custody, processed, and charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting.
Officer Ryan Lancaster responded to the Best Buy on Universal Boulevard on March 28 around 6:39 p.m. for a report of a previous shoplifting. At the store he met with an inventory supervisor who stated that the store had experienced a pattern or shoplifting incidents at this location along with stores in Attleboro and Seekonk.
According to details provided by the manager, between March 6 and March 27, a variety of watches valued at a total of $4,634.79 were discovered to be missing. Asset Protection believes that the items missing at this location may have been taken by the same group. The behavior of the suspects was described as a group of four subjects who enter the store at the same time. One would distract employees while two others would remove products from cases and locked cages.
The suspects would then appear to stage the items of one of the other subjects to conceal and walk out with. It is believed that the suspects possess a special key to open secure cages.
The case was forwarded to detectives for review, along with surveillance footage of the four suspects.
Around 7:40 p.m. on March 28, Officer Ryan Lancaster responded to the Bald Hill Road Walmart for a report of a shoplifting in progress. Arriving at the scene with additional officers, the police were advised that the suspect was a white male wearing a gray hoodie and gray sweatpants. The suspect had allegedly paid for some items at the store but had other items concealed upon his person.
Officers waited outside of the store until the subject exited. The man, later identified as Corey Belmore, 29, of Harrington Hall in Cranston, was then detained and allegedly stated to officers that he had merchandise under his sweatshirt that he had not purchased.
Belmore was taken to the store’s loss prevention office where he was read his rights and questioned about the incident. There he apologized for his actions and stated that he was homeless and needed the money. A total of $70 worth of merchandise was recovered from Belmore. Walmart indicated that they wished to pursue criminal charges.
Belmore was searched and a small plastic bag containing an unknown white powdery substance was found along with multiple needles. The substance was taken as evidence and the needles were disposed of. Belmore was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting and held for court in the morning.
While on patrol on March 29 at approximately 8:40 p.m., Officers Quentin Tavares and Walter Larson were dispatched to the Pink store located at the Warwick Mall in reference to a shoplifting in progress.
At the store they were advised that the two female suspects were using a device to remove and deactivate security sensors, and were attempting to return the merchandise. After waiting for a short period of time, the two women exited the store.
Leesa Grant, 26, of 2359 Main Street in Hartford, Conn., and Juquana Little, 28, of 153 Enfield Street in Hartford, Conn., were detained outside of the store. Grant told the officers that she had bought the items in question at another store in Connecticut and was attempting to return them. The total amount of merchandise allegedly taken by Grant was $313, while $383 worth of merchandise was recovered from Little.
The two women were then taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Both were charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and having implements of concealment.