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Warwick Man Arrested At Target For Shoplifting $159 in Sports Trading Cards

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

WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police arrested a Warwick man Jan. 5 at 5:18 p.m. after finding him in his silver BMW in the Target lot, 1245 Bald Hill Road, with two opened orange boxes of sports trading cards, reportedly stolen from the department store.

Officer Kevin Warren arrived at the store in response to a report from Target’s loss prevention manager, who said a man, wearing a black hat and gray hooded sweatshirt, had entered the store and asked where the trading cards were. When directed to that part of the store, the man took a shopping cart to the area and put four packs of the orange-packaged cards into his cart. The man then pushed the cart out of the store, past the registers, without stopping to pay for the cards.

Oustide the store, Warren found the man in question sitting in a silver BMW with two open packs of the cards on the seat beside him. Warren detained the man, identified as Donald Arthur Riddle, 48, of 911 Toll Gate Road, Apt. 5, Warwick, and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

At the station, Warren watched video footage from the store showing Riddle taking the cards and leaving the store without paying for them. An inventory of the items stolen showed NFL cards valued at $49.99, trading cards valued at $29.99 and two sets of trading cards valued at $39.99 each. The total value of cards taken by Riddle was $159.96, according to the report.

Warren charged Riddle with one count of shoplifting. As it was his second shoplifting charge, and also involved a value greater than $100, the charge was recorded as a felony.

Rob Borkowski
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