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WPD: Alleged Vacuum Shoplifter Exhausted All Options to Pay Before Leaving Walmart

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 — Three Warwick officers were called to Walmart Dec. 30 at 1:04 p.m. for a report of a shoplifting in progress, finding and arresting a man store employees had witnessed a man leaving the store with a $269 Dyson vacuum cleaner, charging him with shoplifting and possession of a knife longer than three inches.

Officers received a written statement from the store’s loss prevention associate who said the man, later identified as John J. Dowding, 35, of 331 Main Ave., Warwick, had entered the store and walked to the home department. Dowding selected a Dyson vacuum cleaner and put it in his shopping cart, then headed for the garden department exit without stopping to pay for the merchandise, according to the report of officer Nicholas Dinardo.

Officers charged Dowding with shoplifting, and possession of prohibited weapons after a search of his person turned up a pocket knife that was about 3 and 3/4 inches long. Dowding was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, for processing, where Dinardo learned that Dowding had a bench warrant from Family Court. He was later transferred to the ACI.

 

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.

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