WARWICK, RI — Officer Matthew Smith took two women into custody March 22 on arrest warrants for shoplifting after they were identified as culprits who had stolen $479 in clothing by staging it near an exit at Macy’s before moving it to a waiting car, then were caught in the middle of a repeat of the offense March 11.
The asset protection officer at the 400 Bald Hill Road store told Smith on March 9 that she’d been alerted to the shoplifting team that day by the exit alarms, finding one of the women, later identified as Nadia McDermott, 220 Osborne St., Fall River, running out of the store with several items of clothes still on hangers, then placing them in the trunk of a waiting car, driven by a woman later identified as Sierra Medeira, 19, of 395 Quequechan St., Fall River.
Smith visited the store and took the report of the theft March 9. He spoke with Warwick Mall security, who told him the women in question had rented strollers for two of the three young children who were with them at the time. Using the records from those rentals, Smith found the two on Facebook and was able to confirm their identities.
On March 11, the Macy’s asset protection officer reported she had intercepted the two in the store again, stopping them after they staged merchandise near an exit, but before leaving the store with the merchandise, and called Warwick Police. An officer responded and issued no trespass orders to the women.
Smith used the information to issue arrest warrants for shoplifting for both women, as well as a conspiracy charge for Madeira.
On March 22, Madeira and McDermott met with Smith at Warwick Police headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive to turn themselves in on the warrants.