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WPD Arrests Target Suitcase Swapper Shoplifters

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

Editor’s note: The charges against the two women arrested in this case have been dismissed. Their names have been removed from this report in accordance with’s policy.

WARWICK, R.I. — Warwick Police arrested two women May 31 at 1:15 p.m. at the Warwick Mall Target, for a report of two women who had switched their old suitcases for the store’s new luggage, stealing a total of $313.40 from the store.

Officers James Vible and Raymond Cox were called to the store to look into the report, and spoke with the store’s loss prevention manager. The loss prevention manager told them two women entered the store carrying luggage, then switched it with the more expensive store luggage, then fill it with merchandise they failed to pay for before leaving the store.

The loss prevention manager said he watched the women switch out the old and new luggage, then fill the new luggage with cosmetics and cleaning products before paying for several shirts and leaving without paying for the other items.

The loss prevention manager stopped the women outside the store and escorted them back into the store to wait for police. Store employees inventoried the stolen merchandise and confirmed it had all been recovered.

The officers charged the women with shoplifting, and issued no trespassing orders regarding Target.

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 Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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