WARWICK, RI — A woman shopping at J.C. Penny in the Warwick Mall at 400 Bald Hill Road returned to her car to find the door lock damaged, stuck shut June 23 at 7:08 p.m.
Warwick Officer Anthony D’Abrosca, called to the scene, spoke with the woman reporting the damage, according to the officer’s report. She said she had noticed a pair of men watching people as they exited and entered the mall and had thought their attention was strange, but she continued on her errand after locking her car a black 2007 Acura.
When the woman returned to her car and attempted to open the lock with her key, she found she could not insert it into the door. Closer inspection revealed the handle to the door was bent, and that something had damaged the lock. D’Abrosca inspected the lock confirming the damage which had strewn pieces of the mechanism outside the door.
The woman informed D’Abrosca that her key fob was broken, so the physical lock is her only means of entering the the Acura. D’Abrosca called Warwick Fire, who sent a crew to open her door for her, in the condition that she not hold them liable for possible damage to the door. She consented, and the firefighters opened her car door, according to the report.
Mall security reported no video footage of the incident, according to D’Abrosca’s report.
The woman stated she would press charges if the culprits are found.