WARWICK, R.I. — Warwick Police were called to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road Nov. 7 at 8:08 p.m. for a report of three women stealing clothing, arrived at the store as they were leaving, then arresting them on misdemeanor shoplifting charges, later altering one woman’s charge to a felony count.
Officer Eric Lima reported the trio turned around and re-entered the store when they spotted him and Officer Walter Larson at the entrance. The officers followed the women back inside, where they were intercepted by Walmart’s loss prevention staff. The officers and Walmart staff escorted the women to the store’s asset protection office.
The women were identified as Jasmine St. Hill, 29, of 63 Wendell St., Providence, Jamie Bailey, 22, of 82 Bowdoin St., Apt. 2nd FL, Providence, and Rhoda Morgan, 36, of 303 Potters Ave., Providence, according to police reports.
According to Lima’s report, the store’s loss prevention officer saw the three women enter the boy’s department, where they put items of clothing into their purses before heading to the front of the store, where they only paid for one of the items before leaving the building.
St. Hill had stolen 21 items worth $118.56. Morgan stole 10 items worth $80.02, and Bailey stole 20 items worth $131.23, according to Lima’s report. St. Hill had a small child with her who was released to another adult.
Officers arrested the women and transported them to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where they were each charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting. St. Hill’s charge was later changed to a felony count after officers learned she had been previously convicted of shoplifting on Sept. 27, 2012, Dec. 15, 2008 and March 18, 2010. St. Hill was also charged with habitual shoplifting.
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