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Walmart Shoplifter Arrested on Second Attempt

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

WARWICK, RI — A Walmart shoplifter trying to sneak stolen goods out the garden exit at 650 Bald Hill Road Aug. 9 at 11:41 a.m., sent back inside by an employee, was arrested by a Warwick Police officer watching on camera as the man made a second attempt at the front.

Officer Brian Holleran was at the store following up on a separate investigation when he and loss prevention employees at the store saw the man, later identified as Jay Northup, 38, of 12 John H. Chaffee Blvd., attempt to leave the store several household goods he had not paid for, passing registers on his way. An employee stopped and directed him back inside the store, according to the report of  Officer Nicholas Demarco, who was called to the store with another officer to handle the arrest.

As Northup made his second attempt to leave the store without paying for  the merchandise, Holleran stopped and arrested him, according to the report.

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A review of the items Northup was attempting to leave totaled $85.16, including paper towels and cleaning supplies.

Demarco reported that a review of video footage supported arresting Northup, and he was taken into custody, handcuffed and transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where he was charged with shoplifting, and issued a summons for the charge in Third District Court on Oct. 8.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.